• Straight Talk: Real Conversations for People Who Care About Kids


     Vices, Devices, Distractions and Social Pressures


    Thursday, January 12: Cell Phones & Other Devices, What Parents Should Know

    Presented by School Resource Officer Terry Stec and Detective John Aston, State College Borough Police

    Join us to discuss the different devices, apps and social media sites that are popular among youth today. Learn how to monitor the use, manage the devices and understand the legal ramifications of improper use.


     Tuesday, January 17: Social Media

          Presented by: Katie Kostohryz, Ph.D. and SeriaShia Chatters, Ph.D.

    This presentation will provide an overview of the impact of social media on youth today. In the digital age, approximately 91% of teens use their mobile phones to go online and access social media accounts. Teens are faced with a variety of societal pressures including maintaining their online presence. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the different types and forms of online communication (texting, IM messaging, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tinder...) as well as how your teen is dealing with a variety of transitions, relationships, cyberbullying, self-image, and everyday loss. The presenters will also provide tips on how to communicate with your teen regarding their online presence. Attendees will be encouraged to participate. 

    The Straight Talk series is made possible by the Straight Talk Task Force, including members of:
    The Jana Marie Foundation, Youth Service Bureau, Communities That Care Partnership, and the State College Area School District administration, faculty and staff. 
Last Modified on November 16, 2017