Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Woman’s Foundation.
7 Week Program Teaching Teens Healthy & Safe Boundaries On and Off the Screen
Did your teen seem to be more productive and responsive during the infamous Instagram and Facebook outage? With today’s growing usage of technology and social media, many parents worry about the effects it may have on their children. How young is too young to play with a phone? What age is it appropriate to give my child a phone? How much screen time is too much? Who is my child talking to? Will it have an effect on my child’s development and decision-making? How will you prevent strangers from contacting your child? Experts suggest paying more attention to our teenagers’ use of technology because text messages and social media have become an essential and pivotal part of their adolescence. According to a survey conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health, 14-24 year olds reported that “Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all led to increased feelings of depression, anxiety, poor body image and loneliness.” This is certainly frightening as more children are being exposed to a digital screen.
The Woman’s Foundation’s goal is to provide programming to help teens navigate important social issues and make healthy decisions as they grow up. This fall, Woman’s Foundation is hosting a 7 week Truth, Facts + Lies series to educate and teach teens to know their boundaries on and off the screen.
Each week will focus on a different topic ranging from knowing one’s boundaries, stereotypes and first impressions, bullying/cyberbullying, controlling one’s digital footprint, online/social media safety, online solicitation and human trafficking, relationships and abuse, and the teenage brain and addiction to drugs, alcohol, and porn.
Truth, Facts + Lies will be held in-person at the Woman’s Foundation classroom located at 4630 Ambassador Caffery, Building A, Suite 100 Lafayette, LA 70508. This program is appropriate for teenagers in high school. The class will be held every Thursday from October 21 – December 9 (excluding Thanksgiving) from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Seats are limited and registration is required to attend.
Why do we think ALL teens should attend this program?
- One in three teens in a dating relationship is being abused.
- 11% of teens and young adults report sending nude pictures.
- Human trafficking is the second-largest criminal industry in the world.
- Teens are sending over 3,300 text messages daily.
- Snapchat reports over three billion snaps being transmitted daily.
- The frontal cortex of the brain, the area responsible for logic and decision making, is not fully developed until an individual is in their mid-twenties.
- Information learned during teen years is more easily retained than when learned in adult years.
- A recent study showed that schools implementing a social emotional learning curriculum show an eleven-percentile point increase in standardized test scores.
Truth, Facts + Lies is an evidence-based curriculum developed by B Curriculum, LLC of Lake Charles, LA. All information has been vetted by teenagers themselves. This program provides information that teens are interested in hearing and learning more about. A middle and high school curriculum is available. Schools in Acadiana can request this program FREE of charge.
Interested in our youth development programs? Visit the Woman’s Foundation’s website for more information. For any questions, email [email protected].
It is the overall mission of Woman’s Foundation to promote the total health and well-being of women and their families. Woman’s Foundation has been the leading center of educational excellence by providing quality learning opportunities to women, youth, and healthcare professionals in Acadiana since 1980. More information about the impact we are making in the community can be found on our website at www.womansfoundation.org.