Building Trauma-Informed Communities

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is the term given to describe abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences that occur to individuals under the age of 18. The landmark CDC-Kaiser Permanente ACE Study examined the relationships between adverse experiences during childhood and reduced health and well-being later in life. The study found a person’s risk for long-term…

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Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is the term given to describe all types of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences that occur to individuals under the age of 18. The landmark Kaiser ACE study examined the relationships between these experiences during childhood and reduced health and well-being later in life. CDC estimates the lifetime costs associated…

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Reducing Screen Time

“We now know that those iPads, smartphones and Xboxes are a form of digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control — in exactly the same way that cocaine does. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels —…

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Building Safety Through Communication

Child safety discussions are crucial. Children’s Home Society of South Dakota offers the “What if?” Card deck. The 160-card set opens a subtle, yet intentional dialogue with children in the areas of sexual abuse, physical abuse, bullying, morals, stranger danger, peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, internet safety, home safety, promises and secrets, and every day…

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Teach Body Safety

Always remember that child abuse is an adult problem. Children should be taught proper words for their private parts and be taught that nobody has the right to touch or look at their private parts. Children should not be expected to stop abuse, rather they should be educated to let an adult know if someone…

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Internet and Digital Safety

Ever wonder about using cybersecurity to help keep your child safe online? Visit ConnectSafely for A Parents’ Guide to Cybersecurity.  Source: A Parents’ Guide to Cybersecurity, Prefer to learn in person? Attend “Digital Safety & Your Kids”, a presentation by Hollie Strand with the SD Internet Crimes Against Children unit, sponsored by Sioux Falls Catholic…

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