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Anti-bullying Efforts Go High-Tech

A high-tech system may soon be in schools, colleges, and workplaces to help deter and control bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, and other harmful or inappropriate conduct.

Through the use of a mobile app, users can report bullying fast, securely, and anonymously to administration with the touch of a button. The STOPit mobile app also allows for anonymous two-way communication between app users and organization administrators with STOPit Messen- ger. By using the Get Help button, members also have 24/7/365 access to a Crisis Center as an additional safety measure.

STOPit therefore encourages individuals to be upstanders rather than bystanders. This powerful deterrent prevents future occurrences of inap- propriate behavior, while also facilitating a positive organizational culture.

For more information, visit or call 1-855-999-0932.

*If you have an emergency call 911. If you are in a crisis and need someone to talk to, call Crisis Call Center at 1-800-273-8255 or text keyword ANSWER to 839863

Where can your child go that will transport them to other worlds, teach them life skills such as patience, being a good listener, showing kindness toward oth- ers, sharing, and responsibility? Your local library!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. A library card allows your child to take books, movies, music CDs, or games home and return later. Having their own library card teaches them responsibility of caring for something that is not their own. It also makes children feel important and trustworthy.

Schoola is an innovative platform for school fundraising, leveraging the principles of a sharing economy. Here is how it works: Schoola runs clothing drives at your school, outgrown kids clothes are donated and shipped in postage-paid bags, Schoola sells the gently used children’s clothes on their stylish online shop, when donated items are purchased and get a second life - Schoola gives your school 40% of the proceeds! Schoola is also a great place to shop for nearly-new kids clothes at incredible values. Schoola offers quality clothing at up to 70% off retail with proceeds benefi ting school programs. Find your school’s fundraising page, track donations made, then see where your items were purchased from in the U.S. and see how much has been earned for your school. DONATE NOW. SHOP NOW.

New Study Answers the Daily Parenting Battle: Quantity vs. Quality Time Effect on Your Kids!

A new study published in the April publication of the Journal of Marriage and Family deduced that the amount of time parents spend with their children (ages 3-11) is not an indication of the child’s ability to healthy adjustment vs. the quality of time parents and children spend together. In fact, children that get quality time with their parents do better in academic achievement, emotional satisfaction, and healthy behaviors. According to parenting expert, Richard Greenberg, quality time with your kids can be found in short daily activities, from family meals, bedtimes, and one-on-one moments that show our children that they are important by our active listening. Parents who are nurturing and empathetic, although may spend less time with their kids have a longer lasting impact on their children’s lives. Greenberg explains, “When parents opt for quality time they give their children the tools for emo- tional, intellectual, and independent development that will carry them throughout their childhood, teenage and adult lives.”

Richard Greenberg is the author of “Raising Children That Other People Like to Be Around: Five Common-Sense Musts From a Father’s Point of View” and website Visit us online for more great

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Library cards are free (fee will be charged for a re- placement cards). Applicant must show two pieces of identifi cation with name and current address. A parent/guardian must sign for applicants under 17 years old. The child must be present to receive the card. Visit your local library for more information about services.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

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