August 8, 2018

Social Media and Today's Youth


Social media is a big part of social life for many teenagers and children, but social media has risks as well as benefits. By talking with your child and agreeing on some social media rules, you can help your child get the most out of social media.


Some Benefits of Social Media:


  • Collaborative Learning: Children can use social media to share educational content, either informally or in formal school settings.

  • Creativity: Children can be creative with profile pages, photos and video, and modifications for games.

  • Mental health and well-being: Connecting with extended family and friends and taking part in local and global online communities can give your child a sense of connection and belonging.


Some Risks of Social Media:


  • Being exposed to inappropriate or upsetting content like mean, aggressive, violent or sexual comments or images

  • Sharing personal information with strangers - for example, phone numbers, date of birth or location

  • Cyberbullying


Take a moment to view the Social Media and Today’s Youth video from the 2018 Foster Parent Association and Florida FAPA Annual Education Conference.


Social Media Resources:



Recently Added Resources:



New CFOP 170-17, Services for Transitioning Youth and Young Adults: Effective 8/15/18




Problem Sexual Behavior of Children
(QPI Training Video)


The Trauma Informed Classroom: Using Emotional Regulatory Healing in the Schools
(QPI Training Video)


Understanding Autism: Acquiring Information to Create a Safe and Supporting Home
(QPI Training Video)


Kinship Navigation- Promising Practices Supporting Relative/Non-Relative Caregivers
(QPI Training Video)



Upcoming Events

Registration is open for the 2018 DCF Child Protection Summit,
September 5-7, 2018, JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando


The Florida Department of Children and Families is pleased to announce the 2018 Child Protection Summit. The annual Summit is the largest child welfare event in Florida, and the department anticipates the convening of more than 3,000 child welfare professionals and related partners, including attorneys, case managers, child advocates, child protective investigators and supervisors, Child Protection Team staff, child welfare trainers, court staff, DCF staff, relative caregivers, foster and adoptive parents, guardians ad litem, judges, law enforcement, juvenile justice professionals, service providers, and youth.


Click HERE for registration, fees, workshops, and more.


Live Webinar presented by The Center: Incarcerated Parents
Thursday, August 23, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Eastern)


This webinar will provide information on demographics, permanency, engagement and well-being as associated with families dealing with incarceration. Professionals will be provided with information and ideas to offer an opportunity for professionals to decide what is best regarding specific cases.

The training will discuss the questions of whether it is beneficial for children to visit their incarcerated parents as well as how to implement the updated case planning policy, ways to locate incarcerated parents and visitation.

Additionally, answers will be provided to the questions shared during previous online discussion groups.


Click HERE for additional information and to register.


Families First Child Welfare Symposium,
September 13-14, 2018, St. Petersburg Marriott, 12600 Roosevelt Boulevard, St. Petersburg, Florida 33716


The conference will be focused on the agencies and individuals who work on the behalf of Florida’s abused, abandoned, neglected and at-risk children. The conference is expected to see over 700 attendees, 30 exhibitors and provide access to over 24 continuing education units.


Click HERE for additional information and to register.


National Webinar: Sixteenth International Conference on, Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma,
September 16, 17, 18, 2018 - Orlando, Florida


The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome is proud to announce the Sixteenth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. This world-renowned event will be held on September 16, 17, and 18, 2018 in the exciting city of Orlando, Florida at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.


Make sure you block your calendar so you can join leading experts as they discuss the latest scientific research, medical practices, investigative and legal techniques, prevention efforts and family resources.


Click HERE to register.




Click HERE to view our Events Calendar for more upcoming events.


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