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Parents and Community Members

All programs can be modified to meet your unique needs. Custom programs are also available by request. All parent/community programs can be scheduled with accompanying staff trainings and student presentations in support of NJ HIB-ITP.


Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying Prevention

Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act for Parents: Understanding Bullying, and What the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Means for You, Your Child, and Your Child’s School

This is a thorough, step-by-step review of the ABR from start to finish. Designed by an educator with legalese translated to be comprehensible to parents.

A-B-C’s of Bullying Behaviors: Why do they happen? How do I change them?

This parent presentation is designed to give parents the knowledge they need to work with children who exhibit challenging behaviors. Children who exhibit challenging behaviors do so for a reason. The same applies to students that are alleged as committing Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying. This workshop focuses on determining “Function of Behavior” via simple, objective observation and data collection. Learn to look for triggers (Antecedents) of behavior and to be aware of the reaction (Consequences) that you and others have to the behaviors that either work to perpetuate or cease the behavior. We will discuss the development and implementation of strategies to address and change behavior based on the apparent function.

Cyber Bad: The Causes and Effects of Cyberbullying Among Adolescents and Teens

The use of technology (instant messaging, text and picture messaging and social networking sites) is quickly becoming the primary means of bullying, harassment, cyberstalking, and other forms of risk-taking among adolescents. The immediacy and relative anonymity of technology-based communication increases the overall likelihood of impulsive and inappropriate behaviors. This workshop will provide a review of the NJ Anti-bullying Bill of Rights Act and detail the current trends in cyber-bullying, harassment and victimization, particularly as they relate to developmental and psychosocial factors in childhood and adolescence. Participants will explore how the blending of technology and adolescent development creates a potent and dangerous combination, leading to excessive risk-taking and the inability to control impulses and foresee consequences.

Digital Citizenship & Online Safety Introduction

In today’s technological age, parents face a daunting task of raising their children free of constant negative influence. Access to undesirable people and information is prevalent and extremely difficult to monitor. This is exacerbated by the fact that most kids are more proficient and comfortable with technology than their parents. Consequently, parents need to educate themselves on the danger today’s children face from this constantly connected online world.

In an effort to educate and empower parents to keep a better watch over their children, Heroes and Cool Kids offers, Internet and Technology Safety – A Parent’s Roadmap to Protecting Their Children. During this 90-minute presentation, parents will learn of the following danger areas:

  • Online Sexual Predators
  • Access to Pornography – Intentional and Unintentional
  • Online Aggression (Cyber Bullying)
  • Dangers of Posting Personal Data and Online Stalking
  • Online Addictions
  • Sexting (Self Produced Promiscuous Photos)
  • Irresponsible Technology Usage
  • Psychological Fallout From Inappropriate Usage and Exposure

After being made aware of the dangers, parents will learn the tools to fight back. Among the tools presented to parents are the following:

  • Technology Monitoring Options (Computer and Mobile Phone) – Keeping an Eye On Your Child’s Online Activity
  • Dealing With Psychological Repercussions of Exposure and Constant Connectedness
  • Techniques for Communicating With Children About Technology Dangers
  • What To Do If You Have an Incident

Internet and Technology Safety: A Parent’s Roadmap to Protecting Their Children

In an effort to educate and empower parents to keep a better watch over their children, the following presentation is being offered: Internet and Technology Safety – A Parent’s Roadmap to Protecting Their Children. During this 90-minute presentation, parents will learn of the following danger areas:

  • Online Sexual Predators Lurking in Homes
  • Access to Pornography – Intentional and Unintentional
  • Online Aggression (Cyber Bullying) – What to do if your child is the victim or the aggressor.
  • Dangers of Posting Personal Data and Online Stalking (Think Before You Allow Your Child to Post or
  • Online Addictions
  • Sexting (Self Produced Promiscuous Photos)
  • Irresponsible Technology Usage
  • Psychological Fallout From Inappropriate Usage and Exposure

After being made aware of the dangers, parents will learn the tools to fight back. Among the tools presented to parents are the following:

  • Technology Monitoring Options (Computer and Mobile Phone) – Keeping an Eye On Your Child’s Online Activity
  • Designing Appropriate Usage of Technology for Your Family
  • Dealing With Psychological Repercussions of Exposure and Constant Connectedness
  • Techniques for Communicating With Children About Technology Dangers
  • What To Do If You Have an Incident – Where to Go for Help

Helping Parents Understand Bullying and Working with their Children

The objective of this program is to help parents understand the definition of bullying, the impact bullying can have on all involved, and what steps can be taken to address and prevent bullying.

Core Subjects:

  • Definition of bullying
  • How bullying can affect students
  • Warning signs of bullying
  • Effect on families of students who are bullied
  • What can parents/guardians do if child is bullied at school
  • Whose responsibility it is to stop bullying at school
  • What can be done to address bullying at home

Teen Dating Violence & Healthy Relationships

The state of NJ recently passed a law to help address the prevalence of dating violence and the issues surrounding forming healthy relationships. One out of four adolescents report physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can cause both short-term and long-term effects, including poor school performance, substance abuse, depression and anxiety and suicide attempts. The law requires schools to address these issues within the school curriculum and develop content. During this presentation, parents will learn:

  • The legal definition and components of dating violence
  • What is dating violence, i.e. physical, sexual and emotional abuse
  • What is considered a “dating partner”
  • Age appropriate examples & Scenarios
  • Recognizing the trouble signs
  • Common excuses and misunderstandings
  • How technology plays a role in the progression of dating violence
  • Self-respect and what constitutes a healthy relationship
  • Forming healthy relationships
  • Impact on healthy relationships into adulthood

LGBTQ Trainings

Coming Out 101

What does it mean when someone comes out of the closet? What is that experience like for many LGBTQ people? Learn about coming out identity models and participate in discussions and activities that will provide insight to the coming out process so that you can better support LGBTQ people.

Transgender 101

“Transgender” is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of identities but what do those identities mean and how can we best support our transgender students? Participants in this foundational workshop will leave with a better understanding of transgender terminology, the issues that affect transgender students and their families, and will be able to identify ways they can create inclusive spaces for trans people on their campuses. Bathrooms, names, and gender pronouns will also be discussed in this session.

Sex vs. Gender vs. Sexuality

Sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation are separate identities that are oftentimes misunderstood and confusing to folks. In this workshop, we will start to dispel the stereotypes associated with with sex, gender, and sexuality and gain greater insight to these identities through individual mapping. Sex, gender, and sexuality terminology are also covered in this interactive session.


Behavior Management & Special Needs Programs

Understanding AUTISM

The most recent edition of the DSM has modified the definition of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This workshop will define ASD and share the criteria for diagnosis. Common characteristics of the disability will be discussed as well as some effective educational and behavioral interventions.

Why Does this Behavior Continue to Happen? Understanding the Functions of Behavior

The exhibition of aberrant behavior can pose challenges in any number of settings including home, school and community. Most often, parents, teachers and caregivers act quickly to implement intervention that may or may not get at the root cause of the behavior. This presentation will speak to the importance of determine the true “Function” of challenging behaviors in order to address them at the core and affect meaningful behavior change. Methods of Functional Behavior Assessment will be shared from basic to more comprehensive.

Positive Parenting I – Behavioral Supports

The implementation of Positive Behavior Supports is the primary approach to teaching new, appropriate behavior to students in school settings. Unfortunately, many schools still rely primarily on the use of punishment to address challenging behavior. While there is a place for punishment in schools and in life, this presentation will focus on fostering a culture of “positivity” and the use of Positive Reinforcement to change behavior. We will learn about determining the function of behavior and the development and implementation of specific, positive strategies to change behavior.

Positive Parenting II – Comparing the Use of Positive Reinforcement and Punishment in Effective Behavior Change

The use of positive interventions or punishment can foster behavior change. This workshop will compare the two approaches, define what each means and how they work to change behavior. We will introduce the principle of Extinction (planned ignoring) and it’s role in changing behavior. Finally we will discuss the importance of developing behavioral interventions that provide the best opportunity for true behavior change over time.


Disclaimer
The information contained within this live training and program service is intended to serve as a training resource for school administrators, staff, board of education members, students, parents and community members in relation to educational issues. The information does not represent legal opinion and is not intended to describe all applicable requirements contained in any federal or state law, nor to represent the endorsement or approval of any federal or state agency. Please contact your administration or school board attorney to obtain legal advice.
Disclosure of Training Content Sources
The information contained in this live training and program service is from public domain sources including, but not limited to: US Department of Education; New Jersey Department of Education; Centers for Disease Control; National Institutes of Health. It is not the intent of this live training and program service to be deemed as the original source of the information contained within. Any public domain source not listed is an error. The commercial value of this live training and program service is in its design for the purpose of organizing and delivering public domain information in an efficient and convenient manner.