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Chenango Valley School District holds informative presentation on childhood anxiety

TOWN OF FENTON (WBNG) — To confront the rising rates of childhood anxiety, the Chenango Valley School District is educating the community and themselves on the issue.

Child Psychologist Tanya Gesek spoke to parents and administrators Monday evening.

She presented the factors that have led to the high rates of childhood and adolescent anxiety in the past two decades.

They include increased pressure from the education system to get high grades, overprotective parenting styles, and the effects of social comparison and cyber-bullying from social media.

She wants to spread this message on how to intervene.

“I want parents to stop being afraid of supervising their children and supervising kids in the 21st century really does mean being involved in their technology and being involved in their social media. And not being afraid to request access to that kind of stuff. And don’t be afraid to let them fail and fall down on their face once in a while,” says Gesek.

District administrators are planning on intervening as well.

“This is just one piece of what we’re trying to do here at Chenango Valley,” says David Gill, Superintendent of Chenango Valley School District. “We have a continuous effort to examine the area of child and adolescent mental health. We actually have two certified trainers and our goal is to train all of our staff over the next year or so in the area of mental health.”

This program will help staff recognize the signs and symptoms of poor mental health in their students and to find the right resources for support.

David Caya

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