Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Daily News article: 'STOPPED program raises awareness of youthful drivers'

Our own Maryann Bowman (far left), director of prevention, is pictured with Genesee County DMV Deputy Clerk Leslie Krajewski and Sheriff Gary T. Maha. This photo was submitted to The Daily News and published at 8:41 a.m. yesterday.

Maryann, Krajewski and Maha have teamed up to promote the STOPPED (Sheriffs Telling Our Parents & Promoting Educated Drivers) program in Genesee County. So far, according to Maha, over 50 parents of young drivers have signed up for the program.

GCASA and the Drug Free Communities Coalition are very excited about this opportunity to cooperate with parents, who comprise one of the most important sectors -- if not the most important -- in our community.

Click here to read the full article, which includes a detailed description of the STOPPED program.

Go STOPPED! (How's that for a play on words?)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Doctors warn of depression risk for teens using Facebook

A group of doctors recently pointed out that social media such as Facebook carry particular risks for young people, especially if they already suffer from low self-esteem. That last point is particularly important. In the words of Dr. Megan Moreno -- as quoted in Lindsey Tanner's Associated Press article, "Docs warn about Facebook use and teen depression" -- it is not being suggested that Facebook "somehow infect(s) (our) kids with depression." Still, there are some unique risks that come with it -- and we're not only talking about cyber-bullying. Status updates and Facebook "walls" can sometimes cause major problems for young people who are either put down by or compare themselves unfavorably against their peers. Click here to read the full article, which was published on Yahoo! News this morning at 6:45 a.m. ET.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

WIVB video: 'Students learn about smoking dangers'

Unfortunately, embedding videos from this particular site never seems to work. If you click on the link at the very bottom of the post, though, it will take you right to the page that has the video and accompanying text.

Students learn about smoking dangers: wivb.com

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Drug free school banner

I was at Le Roy Jr./Sr. High School last night, working on a story for The Batavian. I noticed they had this banner hanging from the ceiling, and thought I'd take a pic and give the school a place on the blog.
Go Le Roy!