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Resources for Families of Middle School Students


The Middle School Years are some of the most exciting - and challenging - years of a child and parent's lives. There is enormous intellectual and physical change, as well as a growing need for independence and emotional separation from parents. Your teen may seem like a stranger to you as s/he turns his or her focus to peers. As the focus turns more to the social relationships in his/her life, so too is exposure to bullying and cyberbullying.  As in elementary school, the teenage years very important to reinforce the value of respect and empathy. This section of the Newton Public Schools website provides resources on both "pro-social" (how to be a friend, how to respectfully disagree, etc.) prevention work, as well as understanding the dynamics of bullying and what to do about it.

As a parent, it is helpful to talk to your school staff as well - teachers, guidance department, principal or assistant principal. This page is meant to be a "go to" resource to learn more. We have put together a wealth of resources to parent your middle school child both now and as he or she matures.  Not all the information here will be relevant to your family right now, but it is here so that you can pick what you'd like to further explore. 

 


CURRICULUM IN THE SCHOOLS

NEWTON AND MASSACHUSETTS RESOURCES

BULLYING AND CYBERBULLYING WEBSITES

GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER RESOURCES

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

OTHER RELATED WEBSITES

PUBLICATIONS


CURRICULUM IN THE SCHOOLS

Link to this page to learn more specifically about Newton Public Schools curriculum.

NEWTON AND MASSACHUSETTS RESOURCES

Project INTERFACE

Riverside Community Care

Newton Police Department Community Service Bureau

Massachusetts Department of Education Bullying Prevention and Intervention Resources

Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services

Middlesex Partnership for Youth (MPY)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER WEBSITES

Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

The Trevor Project

It Gets Better

Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
 

MENTAL HEALTH WEBSITES

American Psychological Assosciation

Reachout.com

Kidshealth.org

 

OTHER RELATED WEBSITES
The Online Mom

Common Sense Media
Center on Media and Children’s Health (at Children's Hospital Boston)
   

Department of Education:
Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC):

Stop Bullying Now:

Cyberbullying Research Center:

Kaiser Family Foundation:

   

 If you want more information on how to report bullying, please visit the Staff,CurriculumStudent, and Reporting Procedures and Forms sections of this website.

 

Before filing an incident report, we strongly encourage you to also explore other pages on this website to learn more about bullying prevention and intervention.