All parents should take the time to learn what is occurring today with social media and drugs. The changes in the culture are alarming, and they have a real impact on our kids.
At Idaho Catholic Congress last weekend, I had the opportunity to listen to Officer Gomez, a School Resource Officer in the Meridian School District. His presentation on social media has implications for all parents and students. His presentation can be accessed here: Officer Gomez Internet Safety Video or Slideshow of Presentation
Officer Gomez has three tips for students/parents:
- have no more than 200 friends on social media sites
- touch policy: have touched each friend on social media on the shoulder
- to date, no one has spontaneously combusted from lack of social media
Officer Gomez will be presenting at Heritage Middle School on Oct. 13. It is a worthwhile investment of your time to listen to his presentation, either live or at one of the links above.
I also attended a presentation on the current drug culture with Officer Galloway, a Boise police officer. I attended his presentation four years ago, and it was amazing how much the culture has changed. Bottom line, it is important to be informed of current trends, and it is important to have open dialogue with your children about what they know and what they are wearing, etc. Officer Galloway has some resources: drug resources. He also can be found on Facebook and Twitter @tallcopsaysstop.
In addition to learning about current trends, pray for your children as well. Below is a Parent’s Prayer from Loyola Press.
A Parent’s Prayer
You are the giver of all we possess,
the source of all of our blessings.
We thank and praise you.
Thank you for the gift of our children.
Help us to set boundaries for them,
and yet encourage them to explore.
Give us the strength and courage to treat
each day as a fresh start.
May our children come to know you, the one true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
May your Holy Spirit help them to grow
in faith, hope, and love,
so they may know peace, truth, and goodness.
May their ears hear your voice.
May their eyes see your presence in all things.
May their lips proclaim your word.
May their hearts be your dwelling place.
May their hands do works of charity.
May their feet walk in the way of Jesus Christ,
your Son and our Lord.