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Can’t Quit Now!  Safe Social Networking and Gaming
Young people use technology for many of the same reasons adults do; entertainment, relaxation, to gain knowledge and to communicate with others.  Games, apps and social media (e.g., YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram) are popular technology pastimes for many youth.  When using these types of technology, young people are often exposed to:
  • adult related content
  • people unknown to the youth
  • explicit material
  • experience higher incidences of cyber bullying
To limit the risks that youth might experience online, parents/guardians may:
  • teach children proper use of technology
  • discuss use and risks with children frequently
  • install parent controls
  • be familiar with games, apps and social media your children are using
For more information on social media safety visit:
Safe Search Kids: www.safesearchkids.com
Center for Safe Schools: http://www.safeschools.info/internet-safety

The Highmark Foundation has provided funding over the past ten years to help schools improve their bullying prevention and intervention efforts.  One of the important components of bullying prevention and intervention is parental involvement and education.   Parents whose children are targeted by bullying need information and resources to support their child through this difficult time.  In an effort to provide parents with the assistance they need, the Center for Safe Schools with funding provided by the Highmark Foundation developed the PA Bullying Prevention Toolkit and companion guides.  These free, downloadable tools are helpful to inform parents of the definition of bullying and how to support their children.  The PA Bullying Prevention Toolkit and companion guides can be accessed at:

The Office for Safe Schools’ Bullying Prevention Consultation Line is a toll free number that will allow individuals experiencing chronic and unresolved bullying to discuss effective strategies and available resources to deal with school-based bullying. This supportive resource has been developed in collaboration with the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP), and is available, at no cost, to students, parents/guardians and school districts across the state of Pennsylvania. Messages can be left 24 hour a day, seven days a week, and will be returned Monday-Friday during normal business hours. The Consultation Line number is 1-866-716-0424.