Student Assistance Program
Voorhees High School


    Resources for Parents    

 

If you don’t see what you need here, please inquire by email to jhunt@nhvweb.net 

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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.

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Great New App…and it’s FREE!

New App to help you monitor your kid’s driving safety, location, and much more: Life360.com

Please check this out!

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SPECIAL BULLETIN 

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: http://safecoalition.org/2013-09-18-pills-to-heroin-documentary

 

 

And while you’re at it….Please watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7dLU6fk9QY

 

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New vast and valuable resource for parents: childmind.org

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Youth Suicide Prevention

https://www.jedfoundation.org/

https://www.jedfoundation.org/what-we-do/families-communities/

 Important Public Service Announcements for Parents:

2017-18  Chad Rodgers & Kim Garison 

2015-16 Parents’ Lifelines PSA

 

 

NJ.COM/DEMOCRAT Article on Voorhees Lifelines
Program:


http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2012/01/teen_suicides_target_of_progra.html


http://www.sptsnj.org/

Click below to watch

“Not My Kid” – What Every
Parent Should Know 

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And here’s the link to the Power Point:

 
Lifelines
Parents’ Powerpoint

 

If you don’t have PowerPoint use this PDF
instead:

 
Lifelines Parents’ PDF

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

 

Parents, 

YOU NEED TO SEE THIS:

Voorhees 2006 Graduate Kim Scheper ’06 Speaks to Parents:

scheper-qt-for-web 

New Version!


Kim Scheper – Lifelines.mp4

 

also…

 

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:

https://www.hazelden.org/

 

New Resources:

https://purple.com/blog/sleep-guide-for-anxiety

Suicide prevention information geared towards the transition

to college and adulthood:

http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/suicide-prevention/

Substance Abuse prevention, treatment:

Drug Use in High School

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In the Press:

The Negative Effects of Tech

Great article in the Atlantic:
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/?utm_source=nl-politics-daily-081717
and from Melinda Gates!!
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2017/08/24/melinda-gates-i-spent-my-career-in-technology-i-wasnt-prepared-for-its-effect-on-my-kids/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories-2_gates-715a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.54bd4f5433b0

 

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BODY
IMAGE

 

 

 


http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/what-body-image


http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/body-image

 

 http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/body_image/body_image.html


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/19/health/teenage-boys-worried-about-body-image-take-risks.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

 

 


REALLY IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT INTERNET SAFETY

 

 

Do you know who’s talking to
your kid?

 

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

 

http://www.nhvweb.net/VHS/Guidance/JHUNT/videoplayer/playvideo.asp?video=The%20Web

 

Read the New York Times article:


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/fashion/cyber-parents-accessing-perhaps-tmi.html?_r=0

 

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

http://wiredsafety.org/

 

 

For Android phones there is an
app called 

AppNotifier (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.chronosweb.android.appnotifier&hl=en),

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

 

Family Locator & GPSTacker 

www.androidpit.com/en/android/market/apps/app/Family.Locator/Family-Locator ),
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
 www.androidpit.com/en/android/market/apps/app/com.zoodles.kidmode/Kid-Mode-Free-Games-Lock ) 

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
 www.androidpit.com/en/android/market/apps/app/com.zoodles.kidmode/Kid-Mode-Free-Games-Lock )

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

 

For Mac, KidLoggerhttp://kidlogger.net )

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 ( http://www1.k9webprotection.com

provides filtering, monitoring and time restrictions.

 

The free Mac app, DansGuardian ( http://dansguardian.org )

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
blocked.

 

The free site Mirror Monitorhttp://www.minormonitor.com)

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

 

At Pure Site ( www.puresight.com/ )

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 ( safetyweb.com

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 ( www.nettrekker.com ) 

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

 

Intego Content Barrier (intego.com/contentbarrier/

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:


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/safe-driving-association-anti/id620263825?mt=8

Distracted Driving Information & Guidance


http://thecanaryproject.com/

 

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

The Ultimate Guide to Teen Driving Safety

http://teen%20driver%20car%20maintenance%20checklist/

https://www.yourstoragefinder.com/garage-and-parking-safety

http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-driving-at-night.aspx

https://www.homecity.com/homeowners-guide-to-driving-safety

https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/teenage-driving-safety-consequences

 

Internet Addiction Info
and Treatment

and how to talk to your kids about it:

 

 Net Cetera

 


http://netaddiction.com/internet-addiction-test/


http://www.helpguide.org/articles/addiction/internet-and-computer-addiction.htm


http://netaddiction.com/

 

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

Am I Addicted
?

 

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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
leep.

 

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
night.

 


“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…


http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/714477

 

Source: Sleep.
2010;33(1):97-106.

 


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
America.


  
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
year.

 
 
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
[info@wordscanwork.com
]

 

New Driver Safety Resources:

 



http://teendriver.nsc.org/parents.aspx

 


http://www.aliveat25.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16&Itemid=17

 

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GRIEF ISSUES


http://www.griefspeaks.com

 

 

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Hunterdon County SAFE Communities Coalition:


http://safehomes.hunterdonprevention.org/

 

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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

 

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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)

 

Alcohol

 

 

9th Grade

 

 

10th Grade

 

 

11th Grade

 

 

12th Grade

 

 

At parties

 

 

32%

 

 

39%

 

 

51%

 

 

66%

 

 

At night with friends

 

 

35%

 

 

41%

 

 

48%

 

 

65%

 

 

At home, parents didn’t know

 

 

24%

 

 

31%

 

 

32%

 

 

42%

 

 

At home, parents knew

 

 

19%

 

 

24%

 

 

24%

 

 

37%

 

 

source:
hunterdonprevention.com

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Parents’ Pages:

 


The
 Newsletter for VHS parents!

Past Issues

2014-15

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

2013-4


August
 
September #1
 
September #2

October #1
         October #2
November #1

November #2


 Bonus Issue

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LGBTQ+ Issues…

 

http://glsen.org/safespace

 

and for you parents:

http://www.pflagnorthjersey.org/

 

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General Information

 


Parents. The Anti-Drug.


www.adolescent-substance-abuse.com/signs-drug-use.html


National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug
Information

www.samhsa.gov/

 

www.safeinhunterdon.org/

(formerly Women’s
Crisis Services)

 


NCADD National Council on Alcoholism
and Drug Dependence


MADD ONLINE


www.drugfree.org/


Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey


Hunterdon Prevention Resources


Safe Homes . Index .


InfoFacts – Marijuana


www.state.nj.us/lps/gang-signs-bro.pdf


http://www.nida.nih.gov/parent-teacher.html

 

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Internet Safety Information


www.wiredsafety.org



http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/family/default.mspx

 


http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/internet/index.html


http://www.protectkids.com/index.html

 

and here are some new resources
for you:

 


http://wiredsafety.org/


http://www.onguardonline.gov/

 

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Inhalents

 

 


http://ncadi.samhsa.gov/newsroom/rep/inhalant.aspx

 



www.drugfree.org/Parent/Resources/Cough_Medicine_Abuse

 


The National Inhalant Prevention Coalition

 

A Parent’s
First-Hand Story

 

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Safe Homes
Initiative

 

Sign up here:

 



http://www.hunterdonsafehomes.org/signup/schoolselect.htm

 

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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.

Source:
Hunterdon Prevention Resources

 

 

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Do you know what they’re talking about?

 


Click here for  a Drug Slang
Dictionary

 

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Drug Testing



http://www.testcountry.com/index.asp?aff=NiMu


http://nickscape.net/drugtest.htm

 


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

 

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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!
Association.

 

 Association
menus

 

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Kids with Cancer

 

 


Sloan-Kettering – For Teens Only

 


Teens Living with Cancer

 

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Self-Injurious Behavior 

“Cutting”

 


http://cemh.lbpsb.qc.ca/professionals/BarentWalsh-ClinicalAssessmentofSelf-Injury.pdf


http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/features/cutting-self-harm-signs-treatment

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/dbt/2010/09/self-injury-an-interview-with-barent-walsh-ph-d/

http://www.crpsib.com/whatissi.asp

 

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Eating Disorders

 

 


Teenagers with
Eating Disorders – AACAP Facts For Families

 

edanj.org

 

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DWI INFO

 

 


www.madd.org/

 


www.sadd.org/

 


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

 

 

 

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


http://www.drugfreenj.org/images/dui_brochure_alt.pdf

 

to view the Simple Plan video “Untitled” click
here.

 

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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.

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DRIVING SAFETY FACTOID:

 

 

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.

 

 

 

IN THE NEWS

 

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

 



http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-13/1236317129139710.xml&coll=1

 

 

 


NEW
RESOURCES:

 

 


http://www.teencenter.com/

 

Check it out!!

 


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Want to take political action against the tobacco
companies?

 


Check this site out:

 



ignitegeneration.org

 

 

General Wellness Info

 


http://www.abovetheinfluence.com/


http://www.freevibe.com/

 

BULLY STOPPERS HOME
PAGE

KidsHealth
Teens

 http://www.campaignforrealbeauty.com/

Self
Improvement Online

 


http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/cutting.html



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