Parent Resources

 Do you know what the Dark Web and the Tor browser are? Because you might overhear your tweens and teens talking about it sometime.

Knowledge is power!

The Dark Web sounds ominous - for good reason! It's filled with sexual exploitation of all kinds, illegal drugs and weapons, terrorism and more. In this dangerous world, child abuse images are an exploding epidemic that is growing at an astonishing pace. Kids who hear about the Dark Web may be intrigued by the mystique and want to explore it. And it's surprisingly easy to get there through the Tor browser, without anyone being able to identify the user or track their activity.

Read Parent Alert! The Dark Web Endangers Curious Kids to be prepared to teach and protect your kids. And there's more!

  • Find out what brain scans are showing from the latest research on screen time and kids' brains (there are real effects!)
  • Discover the new kids' smartwatch coming out this month that includes safety features without connecting to the internet.
  • Kids between 8-12 years old voluntarily sharing nude photos and videos online - what is going on?

It can be overwhelming, but we’ve got you covered with our Parent Alerts. It's an easy way to keep current with news you can use to prepare your kids to live safely in a hyper-sexualized world.     For lots of great and helpful info go to  protectyoungminds.org/

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Have you wondered  what excessive screen time might be doing to your child/teen?
Click on the picture to find out.

 

Raising kids is hard. It's OK to ask for advice.   
  

 We are a free, resource for parents with kids of all ages, who have any type of question regarding their child's behavior.

1-888-866-8660 or click on the logo to go to our website where you'll find a wealth of informaion on a wide range of topics.

 

Teens and Dating

Talk to teens about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.

Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a "normal" part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence. That is why adults need to talk to teens now about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.

Dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life. Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. They might also engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. Teens who are victims in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.  Learn more.             More for teens.



Teenager or Space Cadet?
Does it ever seem that one day your teenager is the caring, responsible young adult you hoped for, and the next day...not so much?
There's a reason for that!
 Parent 911: Understanding the Teenage Brain 

Pam Stenzel is funny, down-to-earth, and challenging when it comes to teen relationships, dating and sex. Her talks and books are great resources. You can check out a DVD from the parish office, or, find out more at her website:
Pam Stenzel

Elizabeth A. Heidt Kozisek, Ph.D. - Director - Child Protection Office, Grand Island Diocese- recommended
Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight--Research-Based Guidelines for Screen Use for Children Under 3 Years Old document published by Zero to Three.
Lots of great information for raising healthy kids in this digital age.

Screen Sense

 

Catholic Family Resources
Loyola Press's Catholic Family Resource site will keep you busy browsing and finding great stuff all year long!
Loyola Press

Is there someone in your family who notices and likes the change in decorations and colors at church,       
while an other might not notice an elephant in the church?   
Is there someone who likes to listen to music to pray and another who likes it to be quiet?
Just as we each have our own personality, we each have our own spirituality type. 
The link   below will take you to a brief inventory of your preferences to discover your spirituality type.
Try it out with other family members - and have fun with the discussion it starts!
Spirituality Type

     

​How do you talk to your young child about fears they have? What advice can you give them? The following video, made for young children, may be a helpful starting place. 
 


Boundaries and Safety 

"There is safety in good boundaries. That’s why we need them. That why our kids need them!

But how do we do that? Boundaries are difficult enough to figure out as an adult, let alone when you’re a child!"

Click here for information that can help you know.

 

Pornography is not soemthing we usually associate with children. But more and more kids are exposed,

sometimes accidentally, on-line and porn sites are very creative at reaching your kids using mousetrapping, porn-napping, looping, and stealth sites, (find definitons here), as well as through innocent word searches, free teaser images, some free flash games, some cartoon characters and chlid icons pop-ups and banners.

Pornography is being referred to as "The New Drug". Find out why here 


Catholic Mutual Group and Covenant Eyes have partnered to creat CMG Connect Parents. Great information on proteccting your family, and an app you can purchase to monitor web sites on all of the devices in your home. You can learn more abut the effects of pornography and ways to protect your children by attending the Safe Environment continuing education at St. Patrick's in the fall, date to be announced.

If you are concerned about what your children/teens are seeing on-line follow this link to  "Common Sense Media"-Parental controls on comuputers, phones & other devices  

 

Faith filled websites:    Vibrant Faith at Home  

Sunday Connection:Loyola Press
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