Free information event for parents

There is no doubt that social media, apps and online world play a big part in lives of young people today. But, what happens when things go wrong?

TeenTextingThe National Parents Council post primary (NPCpp) is hosting FREE Information Event for parents on Saturday, 8 April 2017 in St Tiernan’s Community School, Balally, Dublin 16.

This meeting will focus on two things:

  • Expert advice on Cyberbullying, Cyber-Aggression and how parents / guardians can support teenager
  • Debate on Parent and Student Charter Bill 2016

“Cyberbullying is a big issue for parents,” says Rebecca Hemeryck, PRO of the National Parents Council post primary. “Many parents don’t know how the apps teenagers use nowadays work. While most parents would be familiar with how to use Facebook and Messenger app, our children are on SnapChat, Tinder, MeetMe…. the list is endless. And it is hard to keep up!”

Read more about what cyberbullying is and about the sites and apps that young people are using.

To get in touch with NPCpp about attending the event, or just more about how to support teenagers when they experience any form of cyber-aggression, how cyberbullying affects mental health of young people visit www.npcpp.ie or mail manager@npcpp.ie.

 

Assertiveness for young people

There are lot of messages out there about ‘faking it ’til you make it’ and how really wanting something, makes it possible.

It’s therefore, your job as a parent (yes, another one!), to help young people develop an ability to speak up for themselves in a respectful and equitable way.

Assertiveness is a healthy way of communicating and a life skill we can all work at.

Why is assertiveness important?

Approaching teachers, lecturers or bosses with a query, doing interviews, forming healthy friendships or asking someone out, will all have better outcomes with a degree of assertiveness.

It can take more work for some than others, so check to see where your son or daughter is at. Some people are passive communicators and others can be too aggressive. There are a good few people in the public eye, that could be considered role models who encourage the latter, so when talking about it with young people, emphasise the importance of the balance between the two.

Describing assertiveness to young people

Assertiveness allows you to:

  • Give an opinion or say how you feel
  • Ask for what you want or need
  • Disagree respectfully
  • Offer your ideas and suggestions
  • Say no without feeling guilty
  • Speak up for someone else.

Benefits of communicating assertively

Speaking assertively can send a message to others that you believe in yourself and your opinions. Confidence and a good sense of self-esteem will help young people work on their assertiveness.

Being assertive tends to enable people make friends more easily. Building friendships is crucial for young people’s confidence and wellbeing.

Those who give respect get respect in return and one of the clear ways of imparting assertiveness skills is by demonstration. Your son or daughter will pick up these skills from how you communicate with them and others.

Assertive people are better at working out conflicts and disagreements, which we all need to do from time-to-time, so the sooner young people learn these skills the better.

Self-harm booklet for parents

The latest figures from National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) have shown that self-harm is on the rise in Ireland.

selfharmWomen and girls

NSRF stated that rate of reported self-harm incidents among women and girls in Ireland was 222 per 100,000 in 2015. This is an increase of 3% on the previous year.

Men and boys

Rates of self-harm have been increasing among men and boys, with reports up 15% from 2007 to 2015. In 2015, rates were 186 per 100,000 which is up 1% on the previous year.

What can parents do?

Self-harm is of great concern to parents we have spoken with. As a result, we developed a booklet along with the HSE to give an overview and some information to help parents in the area of self-harm and young people.

Download this booklet we developed for parents about self-harm and young people