Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare has scheduled several free programs in its Raising Healthy Kids series for parents, including one on social media safety tips at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 in Marycrest Auditorium on the second floor of the Hospital Building at 700 West Ave. S. in La Crosse.

Clinical therapist Karen Wagner will review the safety and privacy for popular social media websites. She also will provide tips on how parents can give their teenagers privacy on the internet while still ensuring safety.

Participants can register by calling 608-392-9717.

Other presentations in the series include:

Practical Ways to Raise Confident Kids — Sept. 26, when Dr. Chad Kritzberger, a pediatrician, will cover the five things children from toddlers to teens need to hear from their parents to develop self-confidence.

Teen Self Injury: Hurting on the Inside and Out — Oct. 11, a session in which clinical therapist Bill Bakalars will explain what to watch for in connection with self-injury, causes of the behavior and how to provide immediate and long-term help.

Positive Parenting Skills to Improve Behavior — Nov. 8, a program in which child therapist Jenessa Hill will teach parenting skills to help 2- to 7-year-old children build relationships, stay focused on tasks, improve language development and decrease whining and misbehavior.


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