February/ March 2019
More on Mental Health Resources
Dear CLES Families,
In his Strategic Call to Action, Dr. Martirano states strongly the need for supporting the mental health and well being of our students. One of his desired outcomes shares, "Students’ mental health and social‑emotional learning are nurtured through skill development, collaborative dialogue and a restorative culture in our classrooms and communities." As a community, our collaboration and relationship is a critical component to supporting and nurturing our students.
As we read the newspapers and listen to colleagues, the issue of mental health continues to be a high concern. Our children are the most precious part of our lives. If they are suffering, I cannot imagine a greater pain. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma with mental illness. As a result, there can be a sense of isolation for both the student and the family suffering with mental illness. As we saw in "Screenagers" in the winter and as I shared in my last Curriculum Corner, there can be many factors that can influence a child's mental health. This edition of Curriculum Corner will share additional resources and ideas that may help support our families in need and hopefully reduce the feeling of isolation families may be feeling.
Together we can do so much. I hope you find these additional resources valuable. We will be continuing this conversation next year, and are developing a follow-up to our Screenagers evening for the Fall.
HCPSS - Links to resources
Anxiety, stress and pressure interfere with happiness, well-being and achievement for growing numbers of children and teens. Parents and guardians are invited to a free documentary screening and panel discussion around anxiety in youth. Middle and high school students are invited to attend with a parent or guardian.
Network of Care for Behavioral Health: Looking for one stop shopping for information about behavioral health resources in Howard County? Check out http://howard.md.networkofcare.org/mh/. You can find links to providers in the categories of:
Parental Control - Electronic Devices, App, etc.
There are different points of view when it comes to parental controls and oversight of our children's devices. For those interested in some of the more popular apps and/or programs for oversight, please see resources below:
iPhone - Family Sharing - https://www.apple.com/family-sharing/
It allows a parent to choose screen time limits and downtime (when they can’t access anything). It also allows a parent to see how much time they spend on certain apps as well as what time they are on it.
Life360 - https://www.life360.com/
For tracking location, where they are and where they have been.
No more endless texts and calls wondering, did Sarah make it home? Has Dad left the office? When will Mom arrive to pick me up? With Life360, just open the app and instantly see everyone in your private Circle on the map. You can also message the whole group at once or privately.
Avoid annoying “where are you?” calls and just send a quick “check-in” to let Mom know you’ve made it to soccer practice and you’re doing great. Or you can make it really easy, and automate the whole thing by adding “Places” to alert you when Circle members come and go from your favorite spots.
Circle - Smart Family Controls - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/circle-smart-family-controls/id1037062934
Circle is the smart way for families to manage content and time online, on any device.
Circle works with your home Wi-Fi and manages every device on your network, both wireless and wired, without ever needing to put software on them. Setup is a cinch, and customizing Circle for your unique family is quick and easy!
How to set up parental controls on your iPad:
Setting parental controls on YouTube:
Parental Controls for Amazon Prime Videos: