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HCRS to Host Free Child Safety Workshops

HCRS is hosting two free workshops for parents and community members presented by Karen Holz of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. These workshops will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in downtown Brattleboro.

The first workshop entitled, “Understanding and Responding to the Sexual Behavior of Children” will be held from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. This training developed by Gail Ryan at the Kempe Children’s Center in Denver, CO describes sexual behaviors in children and adolescents that are beyond what is considered age-appropriate and healthy. Responses to these behaviors that discourage habituation and further victimization of other children are taught.

From 12:30 – 2:30 pm, Ms. Holz will present a workshop entitled, “Plugged-In: Technology, the Internet, and Child Safety (Revised!).” This workshop looks at the pros and cons of using computers in classrooms and child centers. “Screen time” and the effects of early technology on the brain development of young children are discussed. Cyber-bullying, exposure to internet pornography, online gaming, sexting, cell phone usage, and warning signs displayed by children in trouble are covered. Multiple ways of keeping children safer emphasizing education, communication, and supervision, as well as resources for dealing with problems are taught.

Registration is required as seating is limited. Participants can register for one or both workshops. Please contact: Charmion Lea Handy, Children’s Coordinator for Developmental Services at (802) 463-3532 Ext. 1243 or via e-mail at chandyREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@hcrs.org.