Teen Healthy Relationships Community Forum – Knox County VillageSoup
Parents and members of the community who are concerned about the rise in teenage sexual violence nationwide are invited to join the community forum hosted by Camden Hills Regional Secondary School on Tuesday 14 June at 6 p.m. at Strom Auditorium.
Given the increase in cyberbullying and incidents of sexual assault, parents, teachers and counselors are concerned and looking for ways to provide teens with the tools and guidance that build self-awareness and reduce risks.
The forum will offer specific ways to educate young people on topics such as identifying and responding to cyberbullying; understand consent; communicating personal boundaries and managing peer pressure.
Special guest, best-selling author and educator, Amy Carpenter, will offer conversational steps that schools and families can follow. Her evidence-based program, Be Strong, Be Wise, empowers teens to be informed, not scared, as they prepare to leave home for the first time.
Allison Pringle-Bennett, social worker at Camden Hills Regional High, said: “Teens have an online identity and a physical identity and are rarely the same. One is organized and not necessarily true to who they are at heart. I’ve seen students who have accepted something electronically, but don’t know how to translate that into a real-time experience. Be Strong, Be Wise helps teens listen to their inner voice. It helps them identify that voice, nurture it, and most importantly, trust it. »
Relationships between teenagers are complicated and require help to navigate. Come be part of a community discussion about how we can help our middle and high school students learn ways to develop and maintain healthy partnerships.
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