IFFCMH is proud to partner with BULLY Project Iowa to present monthly youth specific and parent specific conference calls regarding bullying. The youth specific call will take place on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7 pm and the parent specific call will take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month. These calls will be supervised and monitored by The Director of Iowa Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, Lori Reynolds and Tania McAtee- Regional Leader of The BULLY Project Iowa and Founder of 'Tipton Against Kids Being Bullied'. This call is designed to allow youth and parents to talk about any concerns they may have with bullying or concerns related to bullying- no personal information will be allowed on the call, no last name or location of one another may be exchanged or said on the call.
Please follow the call in instructions and please keep in mind that this call will be provided monthly at the same time on the 3rd Monday of each month! We are so excited to provide this opportunity to you all and the overall purpose is to allow a place where youth and parents can come talk about bullying. Always know we are here for you!
Conference Call # 1-267-507-0240
Conference Code #235289.
This is 7:00 p.m. CENTRAL TIME ZONE and OPEN TO ALL!!
Every student has the right to feel safe and secure in their school and be free from bullying and harassment. Most area schools implement the Olweus Bully Prevention Program. This program is the most researched and the best-known bullying prevention program available today. It is proven to reduce bullying by up to 70% when implemented with fidelity. In addition, schools can expect significant reductions in student reports of general antisocial behavior, such as vandalism, fighting, theft, and truancy. Students also report significant improvements in the social climate of the classroom and satisfaction with school life. Schools across the country and around the world have experienced positive results from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. Goals of the program include:
- Reducing existing bullying problems among students
- Preventing new bullying problems
- Achieving better peer relations at school
A comprehensive approach to addressing bullying is proven to be the most effective way to achieve positive results. Working at the school-wide, classroom, individual, and community levels, adults and students learn about what bullying is, how to prevent bullying, and how to best intervene in a bullying situation. If you would like more information, or have a concern about bullying, please contact your student’s school and ask to speak to someone about bullying. Below are additional resources for parents on bullying, cyber bullying, and social networking.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Attention Deficit Disorder
The following website is a great resource for understanding the challenges youth face who have ADHD/ADD, or Learning Disabilities. It provides definitions of disorders, tips on how to support the academic and social growth of the child, and other great resources.
It’s ok to ask for help. No matter what kind of problem you may be dealing with, abuse, a break-up, family problems, sexual orientation, illness, depression, even loneliness, there are people who care about you and want to help you find a reason to keep living.
1-800-273-8255 (press 2 for Spanish)
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
Suicide Warning Signs
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
National Institute of Mental Health- Suicide warning signs and prevention
School districts use a variety of programs to address the social/emotional development of students and wants families and adult supports to engaged in these programs. First strategy as a Big is to connect with your match coach to discuss these resources. Second, connect with your Little's parent/Guardian, teacher, principle or counselor to learn more about this programs offered, or to see what other initiatives are happening in your Littles’s school.
Below are a few support resources you might find helpful in your role as a mentor.
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program- K-12 programming to prevent and reduce bulling incidents, and teaches students and staff how to identify and stop bullying.
Second Step: Skills for Social and Academic Success (K-5) Second Step identifies that students must master these five core social-emotional learning (SEL) competencies to be successful in school and beyond. These five competencies are: Self-awareness (emotional recognition), self-management (emotion management and impulse control), social awareness (empathy), relationship skills (communication and assertiveness), and responsible decision-making (problem solving). Social-emotional learning can improve student learning by improving their ability to learn, their overall classroom behavior, and their academic performance. Look for the Home Links from Second Step coming home with your child approximately once a week. It will keep you tuned in to what they are learning in Second Step, and give you activities to do at home to support that learning.
Healthy Lifestyle Resources
Substance and Addiction Resources
The US Department of Education has developed a number of publications featuring the latest research and most effective practices in subjects such as reading, math and homework. These publications are offered on-line and free of charge at their website. The research-based, yet easy-to-understand information in these publications can help families make good decisions about children’s learning.
Also remember that your child’s teachers are willing to partner with you in helping students develop the academic skills they need to be successful. You can find contact information for your Little’s teacher here.
Here are links you might find helpful:
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