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10 ways to keep kids safe with virtual learning

4.13. 2020 Posted By: Anna Groff

Though most schools are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, expectations for assignments and requirements for classes continue. In many instances, homeschooling or “no schooling” has been coupled with remote learning. If your child’s school or program is introducing or has been using virtual learning, consider these best practices: Inquire about your school’s policies for […]

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Six practices for safer Sunday school

9.9. 2019 Posted By: Anna Groff

In addition to ordering Sunday school curriculum and buying supplies for classrooms, take a few moments to consider steps to ensure safety for the Sunday school students at your church this fall. Equipping teachers with the information and tools they need ahead of time can go a long way in supporting a healthy environment for […]

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Talking about pornography as people of faith

6.7. 2018 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

When I was a student at a Mennonite high school, there was a succession of male students who publicly disclosed their past “struggles” with pornography in chapel talks. They usually said that through scripture, prayer and perhaps accountability with other male peers they overcame the temptation to continue to view pornography. As a young woman, […]

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7 tips for safe relationships at camp

5.3. 2018 Posted By: The Mennonite

Marlene Bogard and Jeanette Harder developed this material, and Anna Groff updated it in April 2018. For more camp materials, visit 1.  Model healthy boundaries. Do not engage in intimate or flirtatious interactions with campers or other staff. Consider how your behaviors may be perceived or misconstrued by others. Be modest when changing clothes, in […]

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10 Social Media Safety Tips

4.8. 2016 Posted By: The Mennonite

Brenda Yoder is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, school counselor, teacher, speaker, author, and a member of Dove’s Nest’s Speaker’s Bureau. She often provides trainings on abuse prevention, trauma, boundaries, parenting, and mental health issues. Brenda’s newest books include Balance, Busyness, and Not Doing It All and Who Do You Say I Am?, a resource for teen […]

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Moving beyond the belittlement of the youth: An interview with Leah Wenger

9.4. 2015 Posted By: Tim Nafziger

Below is my interview with Leah Wenger, a 17-year-old senior at Eastern Mennonite High School, and a part of Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va., where I heard her speak on this theme during Sunday worship on July 26. Excerpts of that presentation have been used below. 1. What led you to attend the Mennonite convention […]

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