Welcome! This page is designed to inform our students, parents, staff and community members about resources that encourage healthy communication on sensitive topics. We will continue to add resources to this page periodically.
Teen Suicide Prevention Resources
Mental Health Awareness
Below are links to helpful documents provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
- Colorado Crisis Services (24 hour hotline) (844) 493-TALK (8255) or Text TALK to 38255 - http://coloradocrisisservices.org
- Peak View Behavioral Health (719) 444-8484
- Crisis Stabilization Unit (Aspen Pointe) (719) 572-6100
- Cedar Springs Hospital (719) 633-4114
- Peak Military Care Network (719) 955-0742
- National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) (719) 473-8477 - https://www.nami.org
- Empower Colorado (866) 213-4631
- Safe2Tell (877) 542- SAFE (7233)
- Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention (719) 573-7447
Widefield School District 3 is proud to be partners with Kidpower Colorado. Kidpower offers comprehensive safety education programs in our classrooms and in our community teaching children personal safety and confidence building skills.
- Safety Tips: Kids walking to and from school
- Safety Tips: Kids with people they know
- Bullying: Common questions and answers
- Helping Children Regain Their Emotional Safety After a Tragedy
For more information on Kidpower, please visit kidpowercs.org
Internet Safety & Digital Citizenship
Keeping our students safe is always a top priority for WSD3. Use the resources below to help keep our students safe while online.
- FBI Kids Safety
- Internet Safety Documents Age/Grade appropriate topics regarding Internet safety and digital citizenship.
- Safe, Smart, & Social - App Guides for Parents
Keep your data and the data of others private.
- Never share your passwords with others (however, parents should know their kids’ passwords).
- Always logout of computers and online systems you’ve logged into (email, file storage, social media, etc.); closing the browser window is not the same as logging out.
- While logged in, never leave your computer/device unattended.
- Do not use unsecured public Wi-Fi networks commonly found at restaurants, airports, and other businesses
- Do not post information about yourself online (address, phone number, school, pictures, etc.)
Protect yourself from online dangers and predators.
- Do not communicate online with people you do not know.
- Never share your name, age, school, address, phone number, pictures or other personal information online.
- Your online actions and posts are traceable; you are NOT anonymous while online.
- Ask yourself: “Would I want this information to become known to the public?”
- Ask yourself: “Would I be doing this if my parents were watching?”
Maintain a healthy balance; limit your time spent on computers and other electronic devices.
- Do you frequently find that you have spent more time online than you were planning to spend?
- Are you online late into the night and then tired?
- Do you spend time online instead of doing homework, hobbies, chores, physical activities, or spending time with friends or family?
- Are you always thinking about being online?
- Do you argue about time limits your parents have set for Internet use? Or use sneaky ways to get around these limits?
Help prevent cyberbullying.
- Don’t be a cyberbully. People do not “deserve” to be treated badly. It is not “funny.”
- Don’t become a cyberbully to get back at someone who is bullying you. This will just make the problem worse.
- If you made a mistake and hurt someone, apologize.
- Calm down before you respond to someone.
- DON’T RETALIATE! The bully wants to make you mad. Don’t give the bully a “win.” Being mean back isn’t going to help.
- Save the evidence and get help from an adult.
Be a good digital citizen.
- Use devices and social media websites for good and positive things, not for negative and harmful activities.
- Abide by all laws and rules.
- Do not use the works (images, writings, recordings, etc.) of others illegally or without permission.
- Remember that words can and do hurt others, even when reading them online.
- Treat others with respect.
Widefield School District 3's number one priority is to keep students safe. In the event of a "stranger danger" incident near our schools we want to provide helpful tips for parents to discuss with their children in an effort to make students aware of such incidents.
- Safety is always best in numbers. Advise your child to walk to and from school with a buddy.
- If your child feels that he or she is being followed, call immediately call 9-1-1.
- Stay more than an arm’s reach from strangers. If you are approached by a stranger, seek help immediately.
- Advise them to run or walk quickly towards an area where they see people (a school, a business, a shopping center, a home with someone outside, a busy roadway, or a park where they see people.) They should never walk into an alley or location that further isolates them.
- Know your child’s walking/riding path to and from school. Determine a path together that is visible, even if it’s a slightly longer route home.
- Go directly to your destination. Pay attention to where you are going. Talking or texting on your cell phone is a good way to pass the time while you're walking, but it can distract you from noticing what's going on around you.
- Be aware of surroundings - who is behind you and in front of you. Are there occupied cars parked along your route?