Welcome to the Pleasant View School Counseling Department
September 12, 2017
SCHOOL COUNSELOR VS GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
Historically, the term “guidance counselor” was used to reference counselors working within the school system. These counselors’ main role was to “guide” students to college: writing letters of recommendation and sending out transcripts. However, this role has evolved in the past decade, and now our career has evolved to the term “school counselor” instead.
Today’s school counselors embrace a comprehensive approach to optimize student outcomes in much more than just future planning. Focus areas include
- emotional support
- family intervention
- social development
- academic guidance
- career planning
School counselors are now a strong, collaborative member of an educational team.
If your child needs to see one of our school counselors they can come into the student office and complete an appointment request. If your child is not comfortable doing this please feel free to email your child's school counselor or call the school.
June 29, 2017
Know! To STOP Sexting In
In the previous tip, Know! Your Child’s Risk for Sexting, we talked about the prevalence of teen sexting, the problems it can cause and the importance of making this topic a priority in your conversations with your pre-teens and teens. In this tip, we provide parents with ideas on taking those conversations beyond, “You better never…”
Sexting isn’t risk-free (as many teens may believe). Schools can only do so much to curtail such activity, which means it falls upon us, as parents and caregivers, to give our children a clear understanding of the dangers and consequences of sexting.
Here are some suggestions:
- Get them talking about the topic by asking (in a non-confrontational way) what they know about sexting (keep in mind they may call it something different) and if they know of peers doing it
- Remind them that messages and photos that are meant to be private can easily be shared, even through apps and such that claim privacy – there is no safeguarding an image or message once sent, as it can easily be received, copied and forwarded
- Tell them that if they receive a sext to NEVER forward it or share with anyone – as it could be a violation of privacy laws or possibly be considered child pornography
- Let them know that there are real scenarios of such images being forwarded and ending up on pornographic websites – causing real safety concerns for the females or males in the photos
- Share with them the stories of young people who deeply regretted their decision to send inappropriate photos or videos of themselves and are now dealing with extreme social ridicule
- Be clear on your expectations that they do NOT ever post or send any type of sexually-oriented content, as well as the consequences should this rule be broken
- Monitor your teen’s phones and other electronic devices – it’s not an invasion of privacy, it’s your job
- Make it a house rule that cell phones are collected before bedtime and charged in your room overnight (as nighttime is a popular time for sexting to occur)
- Be actively engaged in your child’s daily life; talk with them regularly about your family’s values; help to build their self-esteem; and teach them about the importance of privacy, intimacy and above all, self-respect
While there is no guarantee that your child will steer clear of such activity, the greatest defense against teen sexting is a parent who communicates openly with their child to provide a clear understanding of the risks, who sets clear expectations and consequences and is actively engaged in their child’s daily life.
Sources: GuardChild.com: Teenage Sexting Statistics. Joseph Nowinski Ph.D. - Psychology Today: Teen Sexting: The Dark Side of the Web, Dec. 2015. The Atlantic: Why Kids Sext, Nov. 2014. TheSpruce.com: What is Sexting and Why is it a Problem, Feb. 2017
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