Windsor Hills Elementary
Counseling takes place in the following ways:
- Individual (one-on-one student and counselor)
- Group Counseling
- Classroom Guidance Lessons
In any counseling situation, confidentiality is maintained except:
1. In cases of suspected abuse or neglect.
2. child poses a danger to self or others.
3. The child and/or parent/guardian gives permission to share information.
I go into classrooms and teach guidance lessons. I spend 30 minutes with each class learning about different character building lessons that help us be successful in life. Some of these character traits are :
Cooperation, Honesty, Responsibility, Respect, Friendship, Courage, Compassion, Perseverance, Safety, Getting Along with Others
Currently we are learning about Safety! It is important for students to understand how to remain safe at all times. Ask your child what we have been talking about! Also check out this website to keep your family safe! www.netsmartz.org
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.
DON’T FORGET WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED!
Remember Kelso’s Choice. Kelso is a friendly green frog that shows us how to fix small problems on our own and take BIG problems that are scary or dangerous to an adult that we trust. You can look at some of Kelso’s Choices at http://kelsoschoice.com/
Internet Safety Tips for Parents
While on-line computer exploration opens a world of possibilities for children, expanding their horizons and exposing them to different cultures and ways of life, they can be exposed to dangers as they hit the road exploring the information highway.
There are individuals who attempt to exploit children through the use of on-line services and the Internet. Some of these individuals gradually draw their targets through the use of attention, affection, kindness, and even gifts. They are often willing to
devote considerable amounts of time, money, and energy in this process.
What Can You Do To Minimize The Chances Of An On-line Exploiter Victimizing Your Child?
o Communicate, and talk to your child about potential on-line danger.
o Spend time with your children on-line. Have them teach you about
their favorite on-line destinations.
o Keep the computer in a common room in the house, not in your child’s bedroom. It is much more difficult for children to accidentally or purposely venture to questionable areas of the Internet when the computer screen is visible to a parent or another member of the household.
o Utilize parental controls provided by your service provider and/or
blocking software. While electronic chat can be a great place for children to
make new friends and discuss various topics of interest, it can be dangerous. Use of chat rooms, in particular, should be heavily monitored. While parents should utilize these mechanisms, they should not totally rely on them.
o Always maintain access to your child’s on-line account and randomly check his/her e-mail. Be aware that your child could be contacted through the U.S. Mail. Be up front with your child about your access and reasons why.
o Teach your child the responsible use of the resources on-line. There is much more to the on-line experience than chat rooms.
Instruct your children:
o to never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they met on-line;
o to never upload (post) pictures of themselves onto the Internet or on-line service to people they do not personally know;
o to never give out identifying information such as their name, home
address, school name, or telephone number;
o to never download pictures from an unknown source;
o to never respond to messages or bulletin board postings that are suggestive, obscene, belligerent, or harassing;
o that whatever they are told on-line may or may not be true.
Source: FBI Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety