All Kinds of News for October 10, 2018
This October at Trails Carolina, a wilderness therapy program for teens ages 10-17, therapeutic staff are providing insight into ways to prevent cyberbullying amongst teens, in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month.
A 2015 study conducted by University of Alberta researchers found an increased likelihood of depression associated with teens exposed to cyberbullying.
“For parents who are concerned that their child is being bullied online or is bullying others online, it’s important to watch out for signs of those behaviors,” comments Justin Messinger MA, LCASA, Primary Therapist at Trails Carolina. “Opening up the lines of communication with your child is key to understanding your child’s activities online. Additionally, there are several software options available to help monitor any potential cyberbullying that may be occurring. Keeping track of your child’s social media activity is very important.”
At Trails Carolina, several therapeutic approaches are utilized for students involved with cyberbullying or other forms of bullying. “For students who struggle with bullying, I frame the conversation around the importance of being kind to others,” says Messinger. “This is a simple, obvious concept that has proven to be effective in helping students understand the impacts of bullying and preventing bullying from occurring within the group.”
Trails Carolina Family Clinical Director Jason McKeown MS, LMFT, CPE, BC-TMH holds family support calls each week with parents, addressing a specific important topic each week. This month, he will be focusing on cyberbullying, including how to navigate cyberbullying with students at home and how to prevent cyberbullying from occurring in the first place.
For more information about bullying prevention, visit Trails Carolina’s blog on the subject: https://trailscarolina.com/blog/teen-bullying-month-can-support-child . To learn more about Trails Carolina, please visit http://trailscarolina.com or call 800-975-7303.
About Trails Carolina
Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program based just outside of Asheville, North Carolina that offers a multi-dimensional wilderness therapy model to troubled adolescents, ages 10-17. Trails capitalizes upon the profound effects of a student’s wilderness experience, and then combines that experience with strong clinical assessments and therapy. For additional information about Trails Carolina, please call 800-975-7303.