Thanks for checking out our Let’s Talk About… series. Ready to get the conversation started?

Let’s face it, pre-teen and teen children have unique challenges, especially in the complicated world in which we live today. We know that some topics may be difficult for adults and teens to talk about, and may even cause family uproar.  Most conflict can be linked to two things: the lack of a shared knowledge base, and charged emotions when talking about serious issues.  Let’s Talk About… might be the tool needed to help you get the conversation started.

This project, developed by Cornell University Cooperative Extension – Orange County in cooperation with the Orange County Parenting Coalition and the Orange County Youth Bureau, is all about creating an opportunity to learn new information about challenging issues and open the door to positive communication.

So, poke around. Check out the videos, slide show presentations and resources. Leave a comment (or three) on the Feedback Forum. If you want to know more about the project, go to our About or Contact Us pages. And if you see something you like, pass it on to a friend!

The following video “tools” are available for viewing.  Click below to watch the programs, then let us know what you think!

We have provided each video and presentation in a few formats.  Each will stream live on your computer as a Flash video, Which will need Flash player installed. While more then 98% of computers already have some version of flash, this is a free download from Adobe.com.  Since your computer almost certainly has Flash already, you can head to each topic and click the “Play” button on the Video Player to get started!

Further, each video or presentation will be downloadable as it’s own file, playable through QuickTime.   And finally, with all of these formats — contact us to let us know if something isn’t working for you!

We all know what a bully is.

It’s when one person establishes, and then abuses, power over another. And we all know that bullies have existed since the beginning of time. But on the brave new frontier of the digital age, the picture of a bully is changing. Let’s Talk About… Cyberbullying can help both adults and teens understand what cyberbullying looks like, why it is so dangerous, and how to put an end to it!Let’s Talk About… Cyberbullying. You can find our presentation, plus additional information


Thinking About Life After High School – What’s Next?

It’s a big question, for sure, big enough that it’s probably time to start thinking about it! But like all the great questions in life, there are no right and wrong answers. Let’s Talk About… Life After High School can help teens come to grips with all the options out there for them, and help parents, caregivers, and student educators with the transition.

Nothing can seem as daunting as leaving the nest, but talking about it can make the next step an adventure instead of an anxiety.

So Let’s Talk About… Life After High School. You can find our presentation, plus additional information HERE.


If you’re like us, you hear the word media ten times a day.Confused-300x200

Unfortunately, what you don’t hear is how to navigate the constant stream of images, sounds and ideas that can actually change the way you think. Just like learning to read, learning to be Media Literate will allow you to interpret visual (and audio) cues in a way that helps you make sense of what you are really seeing and hearing, and understand the powerful way in which media messages influence what you think, what you do, and how you act.  Media literacy can also help us understand how we define ourselves to others!

(Photo under the Creative Commons License, Flickr user: nielsvk)

What do we mean when we say Media Literacy?  Our working definition: Media Literacy “embraces the entire process of accessing, analyzing, evaluating and creating media. With media technology becoming so prevalent in homes, and with multi-media education more possible now with student access to computers and the Internet, “media literacy” expands the basic concept of literacy (i.e. reading and writing) to all forms of communication — from television to T-shirts, from billboards to multi-media environments.”

–Definition from the Center for Media Literacy.

Let’s Talk About… Media Literacy! You can find our presentation, plus additional information HERE

September 30th, 2009

The Internet can be a scary place.

Just like the real world, there are places not to go and people not to interact with. But just like the real world, you can be perfectly safe if you know how to be smart about how you surf the web!

facebookBecause teens have grown up in the digital world, they are much more confident than most adults about using social networks, and may even be able to teach adults a thing or two about its benefits.  Because adults want to protect children from possible dangers on the web, they may need to help children understand and learn about staying safe in the digital world. One of the best ways to provide protection on the web is to gain knowledge about how Social Networks (like Facebook or Myspace) work, and understand why and how teens are using them.

Social Networking: Using the internet and online tools to leverage previous connections and create new ones based on one or more shared realities.  Be the connection friendship, kinship, financial exchange, likes and dislikes, or even beliefs or knowledge, social networking sites are tools to expand your world and connect to people you might otherwise never get to know.

Let’s Talk About… Social Networking! You can find our presentation, plus additional information HERE.