we@sel * June 2015

student support services * high schools * parents/teens

Hello!

Just another month of spring, but it almost feels like summer. Take a look at some of these tips on helping your teen deal with bullying, "so" wanting to sleep in on school days, feeling like you are losing control of your teen, teaching them practical skills for life and video clips on health careers. For fun, check out the video and the relaxation model for you and your family to practice together. And more! If you are wanting information on a certain topic, resource, or activity, let me know and I will try to find it for you.


Thank you,

Linda Campbell

Talk to Your Kids Now About Underage Drinking

Memorial Day, prom night, high school graduation, school’s out: These are times teenagers may be especially pressured or tempted to try alcohol—the most widely abused substance among teens. In fact, more kids take their first drink in June or July than at any other time of year.

It’s comforting to know that most kids don’t engage in alcohol abuse. But those who do face huge risks to their health and safety.

Education and parental involvement play big roles in curbing underage drinking. Whether you are a teacher or parent, these free resources may provide a good starting point for this important conversation:

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May Updates and Information from Learning Innovations

Professional Learning Opportunities

Date

Event

Registration and Contact

June 5

Aboriginal Education 101- Cultural Competencies

Pro D Reg- Shelly Niemi

June 9

Pro D planning PGSS family of Schools

Pro D Reg- Cindy Heitman

June 10

Inclusivity In Our Schools

Pro D Reg- Susan Trabant

June 10

Pro D planning CHSS family of Schools

Pro D Reg- Cindy Heitman

June 16

Pro D planning Duchess and CLA family of Schools

Pro D Reg- Cindy Heitman

June 17

Pro D planning DPTodd and Kelly Road families of Schools

Pro D Reg- Cindy Heitman

June 22

Aboriginal Education 101- Cultural Competencies

Pro D Reg- Shelly Niemi

June 30

Non Violence Crisis Intervention- 1 day refresher

Pro D Reg- Natashia Bacchus

July2

Non Violence Crisis Intervention

Pro D Reg- Natashia Bacchus

youth trends, rcmp

Lifestyles

Summertime is an exciting time for many youth. The warm weather and break from school allows for exciting plans and activities with friends and family. Much of these activities however, may be unsupervised, which may lead to some sticky situations.


End of School Year and Spare Time

June is accompanied by exams, proms, graduations and a wealth of celebrations! Stresses from exams can take a toll on senior students whose future plans may depend on successful grades. As far as free time goes, many youth will embrace their newfound freedom by hanging out with friends, often without the presence of an adult or any form of direct supervision. Being young, unsupervised, bored and untethered can lead to an array of problems including drug or alcohol experimentation, risky online activity, and neighborhood loitering, to name a few.

Many young people may opt to get summer jobs in the hopes of making a bit of spending cash. The most popular jobs for youth include working in the family business, babysitting, retail and service industries. Due to their lack of experience, youth looking for jobs may be at risk for being exploited by their employers, or scammed by illegitimate opportunities.


Father’s Day

Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 21st. For a young person whose father isn’t an active or healthy influence in their life, Father’s Day may be a sensitive or stressful day. Some youth may have another male role model like a stepfather or family friend who they can relate to, look up to and participate in activities with on this special day.

Body Image Issues

For many, summer weather means more heat and consequently, less clothing. Layers, sweaters and scarves are replaced with more revealing options, including shorts, tank tops and bathing suits. Many youth’s self-confidence may take a hit under the pressure to have a great body to show off. Youth may feel self-conscious and anxious about their bodies, which may lead to self-isolation and depression. Other youth may develop unhealthy habits in order to slim down and bulk up. Youth struggling with eating disorders experience this to an extreme level all year round, but it might be amplified at this time.


Family Vacations

Going on family vacations may be either the highlight or nightmare of many youth’s summer break. Unfortunately, high levels of conflict between family members may make the vacation less enjoyable for everyone. For youth who can’t travel for whatever reason, be it financial or personal, listening to friends’ stories about their vacation may be upsetting and could cause some rivalries.

Through social media, it is relatively easy to figure out which homes are unattended during the summer holiday months. For instance, many people will post pictures and make announcements from their vacation spot for a large amount of people to see. As a result, making social media posts about vacations may increase the risk of becoming a victim of break and entry, theft, and/or vandalism since many people may know that their home will be unattended.


Long Weekends and Statutory Holidays

This year, Canada Day (July 1st) falls on a Wednesday. In addition, many Canadians have a Civic Holiday on Monday, August 3rd. Residents of Québec celebrate St. Jean Baptiste Day on Wednesday, June 24th. During the long weekends, there is often an increase of underage drinking, and so impaired or distracted driving are of concern. Dangerous driving may result in accidents, injuries, deaths, and even charges.


Distracted and Impaired Driving

As discussed, summer vacation often includes a lot of travelling. Whether it is for a road trip, long weekend, or trip to the cottage, many youth with be on the road, at times on their own. Joy rides may also occur due to boredom, and can get out of control quickly. Impaired driving is a possibility due to the increase of substance use and the party-atmosphere of summertime. Distracted driving is also a concern for everyone on the road, especially youth. Having too many people in the car, eating while driving, texting, and playing music extremely loud are all examples of distracted driving that can lead to an accident.

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he second annual Canadian National Farm to School Month is kicking off in October 2015! Farm to School month is a celebration of all the great things happening across our country to connect children and youth to healthy, local and sustainably produced foods. Click here for more information and fun ideas.

Healthy Living for Teens

New resource available from Healthy Families BC


The new Healthy Living for Teens booklet was created for youth, with youth. It contains tips that will help teens to feel their best and make the most of their potential, and it is available in both English and French on the Healthy Schools BC website here.