Pro Consumer Safety recognizes International Youth Day, by providing educational materials to empower adults to "think globally, but act locally" for the sake of children. Adults must model positive, healthy behaviors to the children in their life and among those in their community.   
International Youth Day: In 1998 the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the 12th of August to be declared as International Youth Day. This years theme, "Youth and Mental Health" helps to raise awareness and overcome stigma and discrimination. While this is highly needed, lets also keep in mind that brain and behavior research has shown that a child or teen exposed to abuse and violence can also be a contributing factor to developing a mental health disorder later in their late teen and early adult years. However when adults seek mental health services them selves and model healthy behavior can significantly reduce this risk.

Child's Environment & Brain Development: A child's brain will adapt to the environment it is exposed to, in order to survive.  As a result, children are often a product of their environment including those around them, from whom they learn from. From biological parents to non-traditional parents (current and past boyfriends, girlfriends, grandparents, and other caregivers who have been involved in the child's life) all have the responsibility of letting of of their own "adult" issues and be there for the best interest of the child or teen. And this is especially important for younger teens. Younger teens need the stability of adult caregivers. For those adults who have been involved in their upbringing, from biological to non-traditional caregivers need to remain consistent. The modeling of adults will help the teen to also learn about communication and relationships. Data has shown that more and more children and teens are being raised in non-traditional homes by a single parent along with one or more non-biological caregivers who have been involved in the child's life. These adults all need to understand how their relationship plays a role in the child's development. It's not about the adult. It's about the child.
 
Children need to feel:
  • Safe and secure (not scared or confused)
  • Needed (being included, feeling important, feeling helpful)
  • Acknowledged (ability express their own needs and feelings, and having them respected, have their personal boundaries honored, honoring their passion for activities)

Think Global but Act Local  

For our children’s sake, think globally, but act locally by modeling positive, healthy behaviors to the children in your life and among those in your community! 

The following describes the educational materials that are downloadable below:
  • Healthy Parenting Tips: Exposing children to various learning activities, allowing them to explore their own interests and passions (not yours), will help to promote brain development and learning.
  • Parental Relationships: Parental relationships are one of the leading causes of relationship dysfunction and exposure to abuse, that has a negative impact on their development, learning, self esteem, etc.
  • Child Abuse & Neglect: These items provide resources, traumatic effects and exposure to child abuse and neglect.

HEALTHY PARENTING TIPS                                                                                                                                          
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A Parent's Pyramid
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Importance of Play
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Guidelines for Parents: Electronic Devices
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Children's Book List for Parents
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Promoting Teen's Passion for Activities-Improving Brain Development
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Anyone can be a Biological Father, but it takes a real man to be a Daddy
PARENTAL RELATIONSHIPS                                                                                                                                        
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How does your relationship rate?
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Relationship Abuse & Children
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Signs of Relationship Abuse
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Stalking
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How relationship abuse affects children
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How relationship abuse affects child development
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Parent dysfunction & children feel
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How children learn relationship dysfunction is normal
CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT                                                                                                                                            
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Emotional abuse is child abuse
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Emotional abuse is child abuse
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Emotional abuse is child abuse
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Myths & facts of child abuse
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Yelling at a child is verbal abuse
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Don't blame the teens years, it's from abuse
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Guidelines for parents: developmental sexual behaviors in children

Questions or information on how you can learn more about how parents can decrease risky behaviors among their children during their adolescence years, please contact Dr. Safety at DrSafety@proconsumersafety.com
 


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    Dr. Safety
         As an injury and neuroepidmeiologist, Master Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and a father, I have obtained a passion to help educate the public on how to prevent injuries and maintain healthy lifestyles for communities and future generations.  
         Throughout my years of graduate and professional education in public health, neuroscience, public policy and intergovernmental management, from the University of Oxford, England, George Washington University, Washington D.C., and the University of Southern California, I have applied a multidisciplinary approach to educate not only the public as a community benefit but also to develop sustainable public health injury prevention programs to state and local governments, schools, hospitals and organizations to help promote safety and healthy lifestyles.
      I also use a personal approach to educating parents and children by empowering them so they can make healthier and safer choices in life and have a happier life and improve communities.
        I appear as a guest on a regular basis with LaFern Cusack on the ESPN Experience (AM710) and Radio Disney Playground (AM1110).  
        Contact me to discuss any child safety question, speaking engagements, or to request a discuss of a specific injury topic at              drsafety@proconsumersafety.com
     

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