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“Share the Keys” – Replaces Alive at 25



Upcoming Mandatory Parents’ Training

for Parent who want their student to have

a parking permit for 2019-20:

The next parents’ component will be in May, dates to be announced.


Parents ***Parents who attended Alive at 25 in 2017-18 or later will NOT need to attend to be eligible  for a parking pass next year(’19-20). 

***Parents who have attended twice do NOT have to attend again.


Great New App…and it’s FREE!

New App to help you monitor your kid’s driving safety, location, and much more:

Please check this out!



Hunterdon Prevention Resources and the Safe Communities Coalition have produced the short documentary entitled “Pills to Heroin, the Domino Effect”; I urge you to watch it. It’s only fifteen minutes and is well worth the investment in time. The link follows:



And while you’re at it….Please watch this video:



New vast and valuable resource for parents:


Youth Suicide Prevention

 Important Public Service Announcements for Parents:

2017-18  Chad Rodgers & Kim Garison 

2015-16 Parents’ Lifelines PSA



NJ.COM/DEMOCRAT Article on Voorhees Lifelines

Click below to watch

“Not My Kid” – What Every
Parent Should Know 


And here’s the link to the Power Point:

Parents’ Powerpoint


If you don’t have PowerPoint use this PDF

Lifelines Parents’ PDF

We urge you to see these two important
presentations from the Lifelines Suicide Prevention Program.




Voorhees 2006 Graduate Kim Scheper ’06 Speaks to Parents:


New Version!

Kim Scheper – Lifelines.mp4




Presented since 2009:

The Hazelden Foundation’s Lifelines Curriculum


A comprehensive curriculum for our school’s
administrators, staff, parents and students!


Voorhees has been given the distinction of

being the pilot school nationally for the complete

intervention program.


For more information on the Hazelden
Foundation, one of the country’ premier mental health treatment and publishing
organizations, click on:


New Resources:

Suicide prevention information geared towards the transition

to college and adulthood:

Substance Abuse prevention, treatment:

Drug Use in High School


In the Press:

The Negative Effects of Tech

Great article in the Atlantic:
and from Melinda Gates!!













Do you know who’s talking to
your kid?


Please view this, but be
– the contents and depictions in this film may be upsetting to
some viewers:


Read the New York Times article:


How to supervise your kid’s internet and phone use:



For Android phones there is an
app called 

AppNotifier (,

sends you an e-mail each time a new app is purchased and block apps from
being downloaded. 


Family Locator & GPSTacker ),
allows you to monitor where your kids are at all times. The application connects
to 3G or WiFi and alerts you when your child arrives at school or home.


Kid Mode ) 

is an app that locks your phone so it’s impossible for them to call, look at your
e-mails or chat. Every week, the application sends you an e-mail letting you
know which functions they accessed.


Kids Place )

helps you set up access to only child-friendly apps. The application also
disables the wireless networks.


For Mac, KidLogger )

is free and a key logger and activity monitor. The application logs every
keystroke your child types, the applications opened and website history.


K9 Web Protection at (

provides filtering, monitoring and time restrictions.


The free Mac app, DansGuardian ( )

does not filter content only by URLs, but also by phrase matching.  The Web is
full of new sites each day with new URLs that you may have not blocked. This
tool has a list of keywords which are associated with different categories, such
as “drugs” or “porno”, and sites containing those offensive phrases will be


The free site Mirror Monitor

helps you keep track of your child’s Facebook and Twitter activities.


At Pure Site ( )

for $60 you can overwrite offensive words in incoming
and outgoing messages, end a potentially dangerous conversation immediately,
while blocking the other party and notifying the parents immediately.  It has a
list of offensive words, and constantly tracks IM slangs to weed out crude
language used in the conversations it monitors. Parents can add their own words,
which may have escaped the list.


Safe Web (

highlights red flags on potentially dangerous actions, like
their friending someone suspicious as their friend. It also has a monitoring
system that is triggered by topics and keywords related to bullying, drugs,
alcohol, and even eating disorders.  It runs $10 per month or 100 per year, but
it is a very convenient tool for you to monitor almost every social networking
account your child has.


NetTrekker ( ) 

an educational search engine that blocks offensive content, and is essentially a
search engine built to access only educational results.


Intego Content Barrier (

blocks unauthorized sites, offensive languages in chat, impose time limits and
keep logs. It restricts access to streaming media and file sharing.
It costs $40 for two Mac licenses


For iPhones specifically:

Distracted Driving Information & Guidance


And some new resources provided by Meagan C, a VHS parent:

The Ultimate Guide to Teen Driving Safety



Internet Addiction Info
and Treatment

and how to talk to your kids about it:


 Net Cetera


Here’s a simple self-diagnostic developed for kids by reworking the DSM criteria for substance dependence:

Am I Addicted



Depression, Suicidal Ideation More Likely in Adolescents

With Late vs Earlier Set Bedtimes


January 1, 2010 — Adolescents whose parents mandate bedtimes of midnight or
later are 24% more likely to be depressed and 20% more likely to express
suicidal ideation than adolescents whose parents set bedtimes of 10 pm or
earlier, according to a study in the January 1 issue of s


These findings suggest that earlier parentally set bedtimes may help protect
adolescents from depression by ensuring they get enough sleep. James Gangwisch,
PhD, Columbia University Medical Center, New York City, and multicenter
colleagues found that the average amount of sleep reported by 15,659 adolescents
involved in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health)
was 7 hours and 53 minutes — considerably less than the 9 or more hours
recommended for adolescents by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.


However, adolescents whose parents had set a bedtime of 10 pm or earlier slept
33 minutes more, on average, than those with a bedtime of 11 pm, and 40 minutes
more on average than adolescents with a parental bedtime of midnight or later.
Adolescents who reported getting on average 5 or fewer hours of sleep per night
were also 71% more likely to be depressed and 48% more likely to think about
committing suicide than adolescents who reported getting 8 hours of sleep a


“Short sleep duration could be either a symptom of depression or it could be
causative of depression, so we tried to get at this question by looking at
parentally mandated bedtimes because if you leave it up to a child as to when
they go to bed, an argument could be made that [lack of] sleep is simply a
symptom of depression,” Dr. Gangwisch told

Medscape Neurology
“And our study lends support to the idea that lack of sleep could be causative
for depression.”


Read more…


Source: Sleep.


Cause for Concern: National Study Shows Reversal in Decade-Long Declines in Teen
Abuse of Drugs and Alcohol – reported today by the Partnership for a Drug-Free

According to this new Partnership survey the number of teens in grades 9 – 12
who reported drinking alcohol (in the past month) was up 11 percent over last

25 percent of teens reported smoking marijuana – up from 19 percent of teens.

Also, more teens said being “high” feels good and more reported their friends
usually get “high” at parties.

Source: Words Can Work


New Driver Safety Resources:








Hunterdon County SAFE Communities Coalition:




Early Intervention Can Reduce Marijuana Use Initiation Among Youth


Read the
article the Parents’ Pages


News Flash:

Holland Township Mom Cited After Teen Keg Party –

Click above to read the article



Local Alcohol Factoid


Alcohol is the 1st drug of choice for Hunterdon County youth. In
2006-2007, surveys were conducted using the American Drug Abuse Survey (ADAS).
Three out of the five High Schools have previously used the ADAS survey. The
report represents 3068 students surveyed.  See results in charts 1-4.   As seen
in chart# 1 and chart #3, 11th and 12th graders had used
alcohol and been drunk well above and/ or close to the national average.
Additionally, the New Jersey State Police Uniform Crime Report indicates in
Hunterdon County, “Driving Under the Influence” is the second highest reason for
juvenile arrests in 2007.   “Liquor law” arrests also remain high in 2007 as
well in Hunterdon County per this report.


Where Students Used Alcohol (ADAS)





9th Grade



10th Grade



11th Grade



12th Grade



At parties















At night with friends















At home, parents didn’t know















At home, parents knew


















Parents’ Pages:


 Newsletter for VHS parents!

Past Issues


 September #1
September #2
October #1 
October #2


September #1
September #2

October #1
         October #2
November #1

November #2

 Bonus Issue



LGBTQ+ Issues…


and for you parents:





General Information


Parents. The Anti-Drug.

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug

(formerly Women’s
Crisis Services)


NCADD National Council on Alcoholism
and Drug Dependence


Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey

Hunterdon Prevention Resources

Safe Homes . Index .

InfoFacts – Marijuana



Internet Safety Information


and here are some new resources
for you:






The National Inhalant Prevention Coalition


A Parent’s
First-Hand Story




Safe Homes


Sign up here:




Prescription Drug Use


• More than 2.5 million Americans aged
12 and older began nonmedical use of prescription drugs in 2008 — outnumbering
first-time users of marijuana by 300,000.

About one in 10 high school seniors used the powerful pain reliever Vicodin for
nonmedical reasons in the past year.

Hunterdon Prevention Resources





Do you know what they’re talking about?


Click here for  a Drug Slang




Drug Testing


Saliva Drug Test Kit for Marijuana, Opiates, Cocaine, Amphetamine, …



Stop the Choking Game!




 and Deadly Games Children Play have joined
together to provide
a larger coverage of information and more
accurate statistics accross our countries and the world. Along with the
amalgination of the two sites we have also formed
Stop the Choking Game!







Kids with Cancer



Sloan-Kettering – For Teens Only


Teens Living with Cancer





Self-Injurious Behavior 





Eating Disorders



Teenagers with
Eating Disorders – AACAP Facts For Families







N.J.S.A. 39:4-50




Download a free brochure on the latest
NJ drunk driving law from:


to view the Simple Plan video “Untitled” click




Parents, are  you still Smoking?



There are two main ways that children of smokers are
affected. The first is environmental tobacco smoke. Exposure to environmental
tobacco smoke is an important — and preventable — cause of illness in infants
and children. The second is that research shows that if parents smoke, children
are more likely to smoke.


Be a good example to your kids. Quit.






At highway speed, if you take your eyes off the road for 3 seconds, you
will have travelled the length of a football field….or not, see below.






NJ Cracks Down on Teen Drivers – click below to read the article






Check it out!!




Want to take political action against the tobacco


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