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Teaching Boundaries & Safety Guide for Parents and "Think First & Stay Safe" for Children and Youth

Teaching Boundaries & Safety Guide for Parents and "Think First & Stay Safe" for Children and Youth

September 8, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Parents have the awesome right and responsibility of educating their children in matters of personal safety, and we, in the Faith Formation Office here at St. Sylvester Parish, as directed by the Diocesan Office for the Protection of Children/Young People, have the responsibility of assisting you in ensuring that age appropriate abuse prevention education is made available for parents, guardians and for children in both the elementary and secondary levels.

In an effort to ensure that all parents in the Faith Formation Program have been properly informed in matters of abuse (defined as any physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment or neglect of a child) we are making the “Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide; Guide for Caring Adults, Parents and Guardians” (Copyright 2015 by National Catholic Services Risk Services) available to you.  In this guide, you will find information that will increase your awareness about abuse and offer suggestions on how to discuss this with your child. 

In addition, and in accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Article 12; the Charter), which is approved by the U.S. Catholic Bishops and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, age appropriate materials on prevention, recognition and reporting of abuse  will now also be available (see the links below) for all children in the Faith Formation Program.  It is the parents responsibility to view these materials and share with their child(ren) if they so choose.   

We strongly encourage you to click here to read the "Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide" for parents.  Click here to see the "Think First & Stay Safe" materials for Levels 1 & 2.  Click here for Levels 3 & 4, and click here for Levels 5, 6, 7 & 8 to read the "Think First & Stay Safe, Child Lures Prevention Curriculum" that  you can share with your child(ren).   

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Fran McMahon at 631-475-4506, Ext. 107.   

We thank you for your cooperation and support of the endeavors of the Faith Formation Program. Know that we remember you and your family in our prayers.


Fr. Tom Coby                                   Fran McMahon

Pastor                                               Director, Faith Formation