Social Media Resources for Parents
Parent Advisory on 13 Reasons Why: As you may be aware, and as a result of articles in the news media, your child may be "binge watching" a recently popular Netflix series entitled 13 Reasons Why. We feel it is important for you to be aware that this series has been rated by TVMA or Appropriate for children 16+ by Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media describes this as a "very intense, dark story." The Netflix series is based on a popular young adult novel and it follows a group of high school students in the aftermath of a classmate’s suicide. Episodes contain graphic and significant content about suicide, rape, substance use and abuse, and bullying. If you are interested in reading their full review, you may access it here – Review of 13 Reasons Why . While we are not in the business of telling you what your children can and cannot view, when we have information that is relevant to our kids, we feel an obligation to keep you updated.
For those parents navigating the world of social media with teens, or for those who are about to...please take some time to learn more about children, the internet, and social media usage. Clink on the link to view the series and CNN special report, "#Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens." Watch a preview of it it now on CNNgo.
Dr. Englander is a professor of Psychology and Founder and Director of The MA Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) at Bridgewater State University, a Center which delivers anti-violence and anti-bullying programs, resources, and research for the state of MA. She was named Most Valuable Educator of 2013 by the Boston Red Sox because of her work in technological aggression and how it interacts with peer abusiveness in general.
As a school district, the Manchester-Essex Regional School District is proud to work with The MA Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) through student, faculty , and parent trainings on social awareness and anti-bullying. In addition, MERSD participates in Second Steps, YALE's RULER Social Emotional Training, and MARC's student workshops focusing on anti-bullying curriculum development programs.
MARC Parent Resources
Offering a wide variety of information on bullying behaviors, technology pitfalls, and cyber-bullying, the MARC center has developed clear guidance for schools and families. To learn more about these topics: Digital Devices and Sleep, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Social Networking, Technology and How it Changes How we Talk to our Kids, Texting Tips, and Confidentiality, please click here!
Dr Englander's guides for parents also include:
- Monitoring Your Teen's Phone and Facebook
- When Your Child is the Cyberbully
- Helping Both the Victim and the Bully
For books and articles by Dr. Englander, please visit: http://www.englanderelizabeth.com/columns-books-publications
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