CSN eNewsletter
January 13, 2021
Note from Our Director
Dear Partners,

In this New Year, the Children’s Safety Network is ever more focused on keeping children thriving, healthy and free from injury and violence. With the unfolding of recent events, we are concerned with the mental health of our children and their access to support systems. With increased resource development on health equity and emerging child safety topics, CSN is committed to fully supporting children and families in establishing and maintaining safe and stable relationships and environments that provide opportunities for all children to reach their full potential.

In line with CSN’s work in supporting Title V agencies to adjust how they serve their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, this month we are featuring a new blog post on the need for increased cyberbullying prevention to meet this increasingly virtual moment. As always, throughout this newsletter, you will find resources from our Children's Safety Now Alliance partners highlighted in purple. This newsletter includes additional resources on child and adolescent mental health during these unprecedented and uncertain times.  


Jennifer Leonardo, PhD

Children’s Safety Network Director
New CSN Blog: Youth Cyberbullying During the COVID-19 Crisis
In 2019, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicated nearly 16% of high school students had been cyberbullied in the previous year. Defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as any bullying that occurs through technology, the global COVID-19 pandemic has created a perfect storm of risk factors for youth cyberbullying, including:

  • increased time online
  • the emotional impact of social distancing
  • limited availability of adult monitoring

In our new blog post, CSN’s Erin Ficker, co-manager of the Child Safety Learning Collaborative, discusses with firsthand interviews the roles parents, teachers, schools, and Title V agencies can play to prevent cyberbullying during this particularly trying time.
Upcoming Events
Upcoming CSN Webinar:
Partnering for Child Safety: Fatality Review Teams and State Title V Programs
Thursday, January 14, 2021
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Mental Wellness Series Beyond Tolerance: Overcoming Barriers to Care for LGBTQ2S+ Youth During COVID Lockdown | Supporting Urban Native Youth
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Raising Safe Drivers – Parental Behaviors and Beliefs About Their Children Learning to Drive | Montana State University Center for Health & Safety Culture
Thursday, January 28, 2021
11:00 AM EST

February 1-28, 2021

February 7-13, 2021
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Child and Adolescent Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Centers Cooperative Agreement (U49MC28422) for $5,000,000 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.