Counseling Corner

October Newsletter from the LRMS Counseling Department

Three Ways to Keep Your Child Safe on their Cell Phone

Are you curious about what your child is doing on their cellphone? You have every right to be! The world is at your child's fingertips and as the caring adults in their lives, we have a responsibility to help them use it wisely. Here are a few helpful ways to help your child stay safe on their cell:

  1. Observe your child's behavior when they're on their phone. Are they getting stressed being on it? Are they getting emotionally involved? Have they put the phone down since being home from school? Those are cues that drama may looming. Help your child help themselves by insisting on a technology break when you notice a change in body language or temperament.
  2. Become familiar with the social media platforms your child uses and know your child's passwords. This is a great way to help your child know that you support them and want to help them learn how to use this technology in a responsible way. Here is the PWCS guide explaining popular platforms.
  3. Consider downloading an app to monitor your child's cellphone use. No, this isn't an invasion of privacy. Kids can do a lot more with privacy now than we could when we were their age! Net Nanny Parental Control is a highly regarded app to track your child's location, display their location history, and set time allowances and schedules (maybe turn off phone functions from 8:00 to 2:55 to eliminate social distractions at school). Other great apps are Norton Family Premier, Our Pact, and Kapersky Safe Kids.

2019-20 School Counseling Classroom Lessons

5 Reasons Clubs & Sports are Essential for Students

  1. What better place is there to build resilience, determination, and good sportsmanship than out on the field, court, or mat? Sports build great character in young people!
  2. The first thing I ask a student they are feeling sad or anxious is, "What are you doing for exercise?" Joining a team is a great way to create an exercise regimen, release endorphins, and get Vitamin D.
  3. Clubs can foster interests in potential careers. Our Coding Club explores computer science, STEM Club spurs interest in engineering, and Yearbook Club is a gateway to journalism. All of our clubs can open doors to hobbies that can last a lifetime.
  4. If your student is not naturally a social butterfly, taking part in a structured social situation alongside peers with similar interests is an opportunity to practice social skills!
  5. Parents can rest easy since you know what your child is doing with his/her free time, that it's school sanctioned, and supervised by caring adults.

For list of Lake Ridge Middle School's clubs, click here.

Meet Our Counseling Intern

Hi! I’m Beth Vanover. I have been teaching High School Health and Physical Education for 24 years, 18 of those years have been here in Prince William County, and the past 15 have been at Woodbridge Senior High School. I received a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, NK-12, with a minor in Health from James Madison University. I am finishing up my Master of Education in School Counseling from Liberty University and currently doing my school counseling internship here at LRMS under Mrs. Proctor-Dunn's supervision. I spend my free time cheering on the University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Team! I am excited for the opportunity to get to know and serve the students at LRMS, as well as working within our community.

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