Building Positive Behaviors in Youth


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This Speak Hard 2012 presentation was given by two youth from northeast Missouri and was the platform keyword for reducing risk factors and strengthening protective factors in at-risk youth. The presentation addressed local efforts in northeast Missouri involving prevention activities related to suicide prevention through the production of Public Service Announcements involving universal messages in bullying and substance abuse prevention. Participants learned how to identify risk factors and what to do when a friend is asking for help.

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  • Bullying is something most children encounter in one form or another, and this is a serious problem and one which parents need be aware. As a parent, you should be able to recognize if your child is being bullied or if she is bullying someone else. You should also know how you can help! Make sure to listen to your child, especially if she complains about bullying behaviors.As a way of helping everyone especially the parents, who find it quite hard to manage time, I found this great Safety Service which featured a safety app which gets me connected to a Safety Network or escalate my call to the nearest 911 when needed, it has other cool features that are helpful for your kids with just a press of a Panic Button. #SafekidZone, Check it here:
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Building Positive Behaviors in Youth

  1. 1. Jaheem Herrera Afraid Insi gnificant Phoebe PrinceDepressed St upid Isola tedMegan Meier Fat Gay Jesse Logan Hated Victim Ugly Su ck Seth Walsh Ryan HalliganHope Witsell U n wa nted LonelyDifferentTyler Clementi eird AloneRejected W Alexis Pilkington
  2. 2. Words can cost a life.
  3. 3. What happened to over 4,000 of American’s children this year? Teen Suicide•Over 4600 children between theages of 10-24 die by suicide eachyear.•Suicide is the 3rd leading causeof death in ages 15-24
  4. 4. • Divorce and Family Problems• Unplanned Pregnancy• Being Bullied• Low self- esteem• Not making the sports team• Pressure to succeed – grades, sports, weight issues• Struggles with sexual orientation• Struggles with anger and violent urges• Pressures to use alcohol and drugs
  5. 5. Megan Taylor MeierNovember 6, 1992-October 17, 2006
  6. 6. Bullying- an aggressive behaviorthat is intentional and involves animbalance of power or strength. • Physical • Verbal • Emotional
  7. 7. • 85% of bullying occurs in the presence of an audience of bystanders.• Every day 6 out of 10 American teens witness bullying in their school and don’t take measures to stop it.
  8. 8. • Bullying creates a climateAccording to statistics reported by ABCNews, “160,000 disrespecthome of fear and students stay infrom school every hasbecause of fear of schools and day a negativebullying.” on student learning. impact
  9. 9. • Boys are more likely to be physically bullied by their peers.• Girls are more likely to be targets of rumor spreading or sexual comments.• Girls are more likely to bully each other using social exclusion• Students who are bullied may fear going to school, using the bathroom, and riding the school bus.
  10. 10. Your Actions and Decisions Now, Affect Your Future • Students who frequently bully their peers are more likely than others to get into frequent fights, be injured in a fight, vandalize, or steal SUCCESS property, drink alcohol, smoke, drop out of school, and carry a weapon.
  11. 11. The Seven C’s•Today’s youth need adults who believe in themunconditionally and hold them to the high •Competenceexpectations of being compassionate, generous,and creative. •Confidence•Connection•Character•Contribution•Coping•Control
  12. 12. • Create prevention activities . Example: “Mash it up Mondays”• Form a group to coordinate prevention activities• Garner staff and parent support for bullying prevention• Increase adult supervision in hot spots where bullying occurs• Increase knowledge and awareness on bullying causes and effects. Examples: Intercom Announcements, Statistic Posters, Bully-Free Spirit Weeks• Continue efforts and enthusiasm over time
  13. 13. No one deserves to be bullied.
  14. 14. Statewide 24 Hour Crisis Hotlines Burrell ACI System 1/800-494-7355 MOCARS ACI Hotline 1/800-356-5395 Comm Care ACI Hotline 1/888-279-8188 University Behavioral Health 1/800-395-2132 Clark Center ACI Hotline 1/800-801-4405 Ozark ACI Hotline 1/800-247-0661 Behavioral Health Response ACI Hotline 1/800-811-4760 Arthur Center ACI Hotline 1/800-833-2064 Pathways ACI Hotline 1/800-833-3915