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August 2015 
Paper Tigers
Paper Tigers
Paper Tigers, directed by James Redford, follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.  Following six students over the course of a school year, Lincoln High School faculty try a new approach to discipline: one based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension.  Using a combination of vérité and revealing diary cam footage, Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing: that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person's life. 

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PCA Florida, thanks to the producers of Paper Tigers and PCA America, is able to organize pre-screenings of Paper Tigers in the state of Florida.  If you or your agency is interested in hosting/organizing a community screenings please contact Alexa Kyros at  as soon as possible.  
Connect the Dots
Connect the Dots
Every day, across the country, Americans show that they believe we're all in this together. Neighbors are helping neighbors; community organizations are meeting the needs of children and families; businesses are supporting family events; and citizens are standing up for policies that give all children the opportunity to reach their potential.

Building a national movement for America's children means recognizing and celebrating those efforts, lifting up examples that others can follow to play their role, and infusing the guiding principles behind those efforts into policies that affect families.

Building a movement above all means recognizing that too many families and communities are left out in the cold, without the resources they need to support healthy child development-and that we are all affected when this happens. As the movement grows, fewer and fewer families will miss out on these crucial supports and opportunities.

What's your dot?  Join our movement and  make a difference! 

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Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness
Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th. Be involved, make a plan, build a kit and get involvedHurricanes have the power to cause widespread devastation, and can affect both coastal and inland areas. Florida has entered the most active segment of the 2015 Hurricane Season and we would like you to be fully prepared to keep yourself, your family and your community safe.  Here are some national and state resources to help you along the way:
School Bus Safety
Many injuries occur getting on and off the bus and as a result, school bus safety is one of the many things parent need to review with their children before the start of the new school year.  Here are some tips to keep your kids safe as they get on and off the school bus:
  • Kids need to stay 10 feet away from the front or back of the bus, which enables the driver to see them
  • Kids need to arrive at the school bus stop at least five minutes before the expected arrival of the bus
  • Children should stand at least three giant steps back from the curb and never move towards the bus until it has completely stopped and the driver has opened the doors
  • Children should avoid horseplay while waiting for the bus
  • Younger children are recommended to "always use the handrail" when boarding the bus
  • Parents should teach their children to check their backpack straps, drawstrings and any loose clothing items that can get caught on the bus handrail, door or seats.
  • Parents should instruct their children to keep bus aisles clear or backpacks and books
  • Children should only get out of their seats once the bus came to a complete stop
  • Children should make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing the street after they get off the bus

Social Media - and More...
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Welcome to our second edition of SOCIAL MEDIA - And More! In this issue, we will focus on the problems and ramifications of "sexting".
Many parents and caregivers find this a difficult topic to confront with their child, but it is imperative to have. Parents and Caregivers may find it is best to approach the subject directly, but not accusatorily. Discussing "sexting" can be uncomfortable for the child too, so bring it up in a way that doesn't put them on the defensive or make them feel like they are in trouble.
Gone are the days when passing notes in class, or having a phone installed in your room are the most private modes of communication. Children are receiving their own social networking devices at younger and younger ages, and unless someone teaches them, they will not know the danger it can pose.  There have been cases where a child is texting with someone they believe to be a friend when, in fact, it is a stranger trying to exploit them. However, more often than not, it is someone they know. It is important to explain that anything they send, whether it is a message, photograph, or video can be saved and distributed. A common belief in pre-teens and teenagers is that their friends or romantic interest "would never do something like that".  However, when they are pressured by friends, angry over a breakup, or simply had their phone or other device taken, children are more likely to make poor choices. Stalking, abuse, blackmail and embarrassment can result from inappropriate material getting into the wrong hands.
The best way for a child or teenager to protect themselves from predators is to only send things they would not be embarrassed to show anyone else. Teaching our kids how to take control of their image when using social media is very important; not only for how the world views them, but for how they view themselves. 

Welcome Alexa Kyros!
Alexa Kyros
Prevent Child Abuse Florida would like to introduce the latest addition to our team. Administrative Assistant, Alexa Kyros joins us from Tallahassee Community College where she was the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Communications and Humanities.  Ms. Kyros's past experience also includes serving as the International Services Intern Coordinator at the American Red Cross and with the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee. 
Along with her responsibilities at Child Abuse Florida, Ms. Kyros will continue her work with the nationally acclaimed Tallahassee Community College Speech and Debate Team, with whom she serves as an assistant coach. After committing herself to numerous humanitarian aid projects in various parts of the world, Ms. Kyros has decided to focus her career goals on advocating for those who "need to be heard". Ms. Kyros is a welcomed addition to our team and we are looking forward to utilizing her skills and knowledge to continue our growth and success.