April Parent University Opportunities

Casady offers three Parent University opportunities in April from our Psychological Services Department and Digital Citizenship Team.
Parent University: Talk Saves Lives Suicide Prevention
Casady School is partnering with HeartLine to educate our community on how to prevent suicide and reduce stigmas. HeartLine is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology, listed on the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Best Practices Registry, and is approved by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
 
On Thursday, April 4 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the East Transept Room located in St. Edward’s Chapel, a trained facilitator from HeartLine will help participants learn the common risk factors associated with suicide, the warning signs of suicide, and how to help those in crisis.
 
This Parent University is open to parents of all students in grades PreK through 12, as well as faculty and staff. Light refreshments will be served. Please plan to join us if you can, and RSVP via this online form. Please contact our Director of Psychological Services, Dr. McKinney at 405-749-3129 or mckinneyj@casady.org if you have any questions.
 
Parent University: Let's Talk About Sexting
This parent university, coordinated by Casady's Digital Citizenship team, will be held on Thursday, April 11, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in our Middle Division Community Room. "Sexting" refers to an act of sending sexually explicit materials through mobile devices. This is an issue which many of our teenage students have faced or will face with their smart phone. We are inviting a local expert on these issues to come visit with parents to discuss strategies for pro-actively addressing sexting, as well as what to do if your child is involved in a sexting incident or is aware of other students affected by sexting.
 
Parent University: Let's Talk About YouTube
This second parent university centered on digital citizenship, will be held Tuesday, April 23, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in our Middle Division Community Room. YouTube remains the number two website destination worldwide, after Google, and is a primary source of information as well as entertainment for many of our teenage students. While YouTube offers fantastic resources and opportunities for learning, it also poses challenges for children as well as families. These include screen time addiction, access to objectionable content, the influence of unmoderated "YouTube stars" many teens recognize immediately by name but adults have never heard of, and other issues. Just as we have a web content filter at School to block access to objectionable content and limit student access to streaming media websites during the academic day, it's important for parents to have a web filter at home and regularly "check in" with children about their use of social media, their smart phone/laptop, and other Internet resources. Come join us for a conversation led by our Director of Technology, Dr. Wesley Fryer, about strategies to address these and other issues raised by YouTube access by teens. Bring your questions!
 
These events are open to the public as well as our Casady Community, so please invite other parents or family members you know in our area who may be interested in attending. Prior registration (free) is required online, and available on our Digital Citizenship website for parents: http://digcit.us/parents/
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