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Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting – May 17, 2017, at The Early Childhood Center at Forest Glen School.

Our next Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting is set for Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at The Early Childhood Center at Forest Glen School from 7 – 9 P.M.

Our special guest will be Dr. Ellen Platt, a renowned Child Psychiatrist who will speak about such topics as helping Parents to deal with Anxiety and School Avoidance with Pre-School through  Elementary School Students. She will also hold a Question & Answer Session for our Parents

Dr. Platt held a very informative Forum for parents of our school Teens in January and she has graciously agreed to return to do the same for the parents of our younger age students at our May 17th Meeting.

The Early Childhood center at Forest Glen is located at 280 Davey Street, Bloomfield, N.J.  Davey Street is off Belleville Avenue, in Bloomfield.  After you turn onto Davey Street, just follow the winding road to the end and you will be in the School Parking Lot.

All are welcome. Please bring a friend and a question or two that you would like the Doctor to address.

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Tips For Managing Your Child’s Technology Use

“​This information is included in our Guide to Parenting in the Digital Age. Click here to see the rest of the guide.

Almost any child that has access to a computer has equal access to the dangers of the Internet. Recent events in the news highlight these dangers. That’s why it is imperative that you be informed on how to protect your children when they’re online.

The following tips are excerpts from 20 Internet Safety Tips for Parents provided by Lynette A. Battaglia, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland:

​Internet Safety Tips for Parents:

  1. Become computer literate and be actively involved in your children’s online experiences.

  2. Place computers in high-traffic areas, not a child’s room.

  3. Use screening software.

  4. Read unfamiliar e-mails. Monitor telephone and modem changes. Check out unfamiliar phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

  5. Don’t allow children to spend long periods of time on the computer, especially at night.

  6. Help children understand that online users may not be who they claim to be or who they seem to be. Get to know your children’s Internet friends.

  7. Tell children to report anything they come across online that seems strange or makes them uncomfortable especially if they are ever asked personal questions or invited to personal meetings.

  8. Tell children to report to you suggestive, obscene or threatening e-mail or bulletin board messages. Forward copies to your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and insist they help deal with the problem.

  9. Be concerned if children mention adults you don’t know, become sensitive, or appear to have inappropriate sexual knowledge.

  10. Post the Internet Safety Rules for Kids by your computer.

Internet Safety Rules for Kids:

  1. ​Never give out personal information, such as your name, address, school name or address, or parents’ or teachers’ names or addresses.

  2. Never create online profiles.

  3. Never visit chat rooms or join an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) without permission.

  4. Never go to private chat rooms or meet online friends in a private online setting.

  5. Never go to new Web sites without permission.

  6. Never respond to rude or offensive e-mail, instant messages or postings.

  7. Never post, send or receive pictures (usually files that end with GI, jpg, jpeg, or tiff).

  8. Never meet online friends in person without a parent present.​”

The above information can be found in full at  http://www.boystown.org/parenting/guides/Pages/digital-age.aspx

Special thanks to a concerned and very helpful Parent for providing us with this important information.

 

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Scholarships for High School Seniors

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This scholarship is unique since it allows 2017 graduates pursuing a college, university, technical, trade, or vocational school level education to apply. This scholarship is not solely based on academic achievement. Meaningful community volunteerism, participation in extra-curricular activities and essay response will all be considered when choosing recipients for these scholarships. Candidates do not need to be near the top of their class to be considered. All who are eligible are encouraged to apply.

Download Scholarship Application 

Autism Family Services of New Jersey 35 Beaverson Blvd.
Building 11
Brick, NJ 08723
Attn: Melanie McGackin
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Scholarship Applications and supporting documents are due by
April 22, 2017. Should you have any questions, please contact Andrea Racioppi at (800)336-5843 or by email.