COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH
Mental Health Resources
- Discovery Counseling Center - (925) 837-0506
- Hope Hospice - (925) 829-8770
- Cancer Support Community - (925) 933-0107
- The Parent Project - (800) 372-8882
- Contra Costa Psychological Association - 415-508-7664
- Contra Costa Psychological Association web site
- Family Stress Center - (925) 827-0212
- Talk Line Family Support Center - (415) 441-5437
- California Youth Crisis Line - (800) 843-5200
- Suicide Hotline- 800-SUICIDE - (800) 784-2544
- Common Sense Media web site
- Surviving Parenthood web site
- Keep computers in easily viewable places, such as family room or kitchen.
- Talk regularly with your children about the online activities in which they are involved and Internet etiquette in general. Children should know the rule that many adults have learned: Do not say online what you would not say in person.
- Encourage children to be self protective. Anything they say on Internet or in phone text messages can be shared with others and misused.
- Be specific about the risks of cyber-bullying and their need to tell you if something that bothers them occurs.
- Respect for adolescents’ privacy is important. But tell children that you might review their online communications if you have reason for concern.
- Be aware of warning signs that might indicate your son or daughter is being bullied, such as reluctance to use the computer, a change in the child’s behavior and mood, or reluctance to go to school.
- Document any bullying.
- Be equally alert to the possibility that your child could be bullying others online, even if unintentionally.
- File a complaint with the Web site, Internet service provider or cell-phone company if you learn of problematic behavior.
- Contact police if the cyber-bullying includes threats.