#parentingunplugged is a series of webinars and podcasts hosted by Youth Diversion that is using the beauty of technology to provide parents with unlimited access to expert advice. The podcasts address bullying, vaping and addiction whereas the webinars focus on social media and its effects on body image and healthy relationships, as well as exposure to pornography and potential predators online.
The project was funded by The Solcz Family Foundation, which is committed to improving the welfare of the Windsor-Essex community and, in particular, focuses on supporting projects and programs in social services that provide opportunities for children and youth.
YD Webinar – Social Media and Pornography
YD Webinar – Social Media and Predators
YD Webinar – Social Media and Self Esteem
YD Webinar – Social Media and Digital Footprint
Podcasts can also be found on Spotify, iTunes and iheartradio by searching #parentingunplugged
(Cyber) Bullying (Part 1 of 2)
Bullying affects the majority of Canadian children, at least once, throughout their childhood. For some kids, bullying is a daily reality. The effects of bullying are immediate and long-lasting, putting our children at risk for a number of physical, social and mental health problems. As parents, these risks should not be acceptable. Adult intervention stops bullying – it is our responsibility.
Listen to Part 1 of a two part series on Bullying with Steve Bellaire, Safe Schools Principal with the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board and Joanna Conrad, Executive Director of Youth Diversion. In the podcast, the Steve and Joanna discuss bullying, including risks for children who bully, those who are bullied, the school’s role and include their thoughts on some coping strategies.
(Cyber) Bullying (Part 2 of 2)
Parents are responsible for creating positive environments that promote children’s ability to create and maintain healthy relationships. By helping children develop the essential social skills to navigate peer conflicts and by minimizing opportunities for negative peer interactions, parents can help adjust the imbalance of power inherent in a bullying relationship.
Listen to Part 2 of a two part series on Bullying. Joanna Conrad, Executive Director of Youth Diversion is joined once more with Steve Bellaire, Safe Schools Principal with the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board. In this podcast, Steve and Joanna discuss bullying, including risks for children who bully, those who are bullied, the school’s role and finish up with our thoughts on some coping strategies.
In yet another twist for worried parents: learn about vooping, cloud chasing cold-boxing and vapourhood – i.e. vaping. Join Joanna Conrad, Executive Director of Youth Diversion and Staff Sergeant Jason Woods of the LaSalle Police Service as they discuss vaping devices, ready to deliver a puff of nicotine (or marijuana) anywhere, anytime, including in the classroom.
Oftentimes parents avoid talking about addiction and substance abuse with their kids under the presumption that it won’t happen to their kid. Listen to Joanna Conrad, Executive Director of Youth Diversion and Mike Brown, Founder of Spiritual Soldiers, attempt to open the dialogue about mental health and addiction on a more personal level, discussing stigmas associated with substance abuse and discussing possible strategies for parents to use to have open dialogue about potential challenges their children may encounter and how to handle those situations should they arise to prevent them from making poor choices that may lead them down the path of addiction.
The Spiritual Soldiers have a coffee shop on 1015 Erie St East in addition to selling merchandise they’ve always sold as a social enterprise. The shop serves as a safe haven for those looking to get out and enjoy themselves in a clean, sober and supportive environment. It’s an opportunity to provide constant encouragement for those who need mental and/or emotional support.