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The Parent Support Network is a committee which facilitates and communicates educational events for parents on a variety of topics on issues parents of teens face.  They host a parent social at the beginning of the year, as well as sponsor assemblies for students and parents each spring.

Join us for the next Parent Support Network Event on Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the U-High Library featuring Jim Yarbrough and Ryan Case to discuss "Safe & Secure Online - for Parents".

Social media, online transactions, electronically stored financial information, virtual payments from mobile phones, web-based home protection systems, etc.; all have become a natural part of our lives. We don't give these activities much thought until we hear about someone who has had their identity stolen or kids who have been bullied on the latest app. Join us for this event where Jim and Ryan will discuss tips and insights to protect you and your family from threats.

Jim Yarbrough has been working in the information systems and technology industry for 35 years, with 25 of those years being focused on Information Security. He holds several credentials including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).

Ryan Case is an IT Architect with a several professional designations (MBA, CISSP, CRISC, CISMS) and also has a number year of experience working in the information security field. Ryan has led large teams for various organizations specifically focused on Information Security Risk. Ryan has spoken at international and domestic conferences as a subject matter expert on a variety of topics. He participates actively in youth mentoring on the topic through the STEM programs made available locally.

Review handouts for the following:
· Cyberbullying
· Social Media
· Passwords
· Parent Top Tips
· Online Gaming
· Glossary

ISC2 Safe and Secure Online – Parents:

PC Magazine: The Best Parental Control Software of 2017:,2817,2346997,00.asp

Techradar: The best free parental control software 2017:

Cerberus (mentioned by Ashish):

The Parent Support Network reminds you to mark your calendars for a special event on Wednesday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m., Illinois State University is sponsoring guest speaker John Trautwein, Found of The Will to Live Foundation, Inc. He is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who lost his son Will to suicide in 2010. John will focus on what he learned as a grieving parent who was unaware of eth issues that faced his child and still burden millions of teens today. The event is open to the public and all are welcome.

2/15/2017 - "Communicating with Your Teenager"with Amie Majernik
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The Parent Support Network hosted a Student Athlete Information Night on November 2, 2016 featuring Richard and Wilma Bates, parents of The Ohio State University basketball player Keita Bates-Diop; Dr. Bob Fitzgerald head coach during Keita's University High School basketball career and Cindy Harris from the Illinois State University Compliance / Student Services.

Highlights from the discussion are as follows;

  • There is no secret formula to achieve Division I, II, or III level athletic ability. The player's level will find them.
  • Your relationship with the coach is key. Richard and Wilma understood this objective and focused on Keita becoming a part of the U-High family, not that the team or coach needed to work around his talent.

Coach Fitzgerald offered this advice when preparing a student for athletics;

  • Work with your coach regardless of what level your son or daughter is playing. Having a good relationship between the school coach and travel team coach is key as well.
  • Be realistic in assessing the athlete's level of talent. Be objective and not emotional about their potential.
  • Be open and honest with the coach. Talk to the coach about your hopes and dreams. Work with the coach to figure out plans to be recruited. Trust is the key.
  • Stay in control of the attention the player is receiving.

It is very competitive to achieve Division I or II level athletics. Richard offered that the recruiting coaches look at;

  • How hard do they play?
  • What positions do they play?
  • What kind of individual are they (character)?
  • Parents must be engaged and help the child develop fundamental skills and build a strong relationship with the coach.

- Cindy Harris discussed the academic requirements for Division I and II athletics. (Note: Division III does not offer athletic scholarships, so no requirements needed)
- All of the requirements discussed in the meeting can be found at the following website:

Depression and Suicide Awareness for Parents
Notes and Handouts from discussion

Social Media and Cyber-Security Awareness on February 18th, 2016
Notes and Handouts from discussion

How to get your High School Student into College in 4 years or less on March 21, 2016
Notes and Handouts from discussion

April 19, 2016 Presentation Links
Notes and Handouts from discussion

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