Health
Thursday, March 19, 2015
 
Doctor's Perspective
How to keep track of our kids in the electronic age

By Dr. Anthony Policastro
When my daughters were growing up, it was before the days of cell phones. I had a rule that when they went out, I needed to know where to find them. My oldest daughter once went from one friend's house to another friend's house. She did not tell me that she had changed location. The result was that she was not allowed to go roller skating that weekend. Now we hear about three teenaged girls from England going to join ISIS. We then hear about two teenaged brothers from Australia trying to do the same thing. In both instances, the parents were surprised by these actions. The story from Australia indicated that the boys had been radicalized on the Internet. There are new rules for knowing what your children are doing in the electronic age. Parents need to know more than where their children are. There are several ways that parents need to keep track of their children in the electronic age. The first way is to review the browsing history of their child. They should be able to check what sites have been visited. This should be done on a regular basis. Parents should know what pictures are being posted on the Facebook page. They should have an idea of who has friended" their child. It could be a stalker. It could be a kidnapper. The next is related to their smart phone. Parents should review with their teens the photos that they have taken. That is especially true of selfies. Anything that is on the phone, can easily be put online. Parents need to ask if there are any photos on the phone that would be embarrassing to themselves or their children. The same is true about Instagram photos. Parents should know which pictures their adolescent is posting. They should know which pictures their adolescent is looking at. Some individuals use Twitter. Parents should review both the incoming and outgoing tweets. There is a lot of shared information being sent this way. There may be things that you do not want shared. For example, if your child sends a tweet every time the family goes somewhere together, it is like telling the world that no one is home. Phone texts are plentiful. There are probably more than you can possibly read in one setting. However, even reviewing a sample of them will give you an idea of what is going on. You can also check the times to make sure that they were not sent during a period when the teen was driving. There are some caveats in all of this. The first is that you need to sit down with the young people ahead of time. You need to provide the guidelines and the expectations which need to be agreed upon by all parties. As a matter of trust, all of these reviews should be done together with the teen. There is no need to do it without the adolescent's knowledge. That will just create animosity. This is a new aspect to parenting that many parents never expected to be part of their role in bringing up their children. Paying attention to these kinds of things is important in today's world. It is far too easy for outside influences to affect our impressionable youth. You never want to be surprised if your adolescent decides to join ISIS.

Annual Breast Cancer Update The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) will hold the 18th Annual Breast Cancer Update on Wednesday, April 22, at Dover Downs Hotel from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program will feature leading medical experts and speakers discussing the most up-to-date information on breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. This annual one day educational forum is free and open to the public. Continuing education units (CEU's) will be available to attending nurses and other healthcare professionals. Registration for CEU's is $30. The forum is open to the public and has become one of Delaware's most trusted sources of up-to date breast cancer information. For more information and to register, visit debreastcancer.org.

Community Kick Butts Day The community is invited to participate in the annual Kick Butts Day" on Saturday, March 21. The event will kick off at 8 a.m. with a cigarette butt cleanup at the Georgetown Circle followed by activities, prevention workshops, and health fair at the Georgetown Boys & Girls Club from 9 a.m. to noon. Youth will enjoy a day filled with fun activities and education, receive valuable information about tobacco-use, and have the opportunity to present their own anti-tobacco messages to their parents and peers. The event is free and open to all youth to participate. Lunch will be provided. This event is presented by First State Community Action Agency and the Georgetown Boys & Girls Club in partnership with the American Lung Association. For more information, contact Sandi Hagans at 856-7761, ext. 113 or Renee Hickman at 856-4903.

McKnight joins Nanticoke Nanticoke Health Services welcomes Keinna McKnight, MS, MBA to the position of human resources director. McKnight received a bachelor of arts degree in leadership and professional studies with a minor in human resources management from the University of Mary Washington.

She received a master of business administration in human resources management from Liberty University and a master of science degree in administration of human service from Wilmington University. Most recently, McKnight worked for the State of Delaware in New Castle. She has also worked for Stanley Associates Inc. in Alexandria, Va.; Central Intelligence Agency in Langely, Va.; Bostwick Laboratories in Richmond, Va.; CSA, LTD. in Kuwait; ITT Systems Division in Kuwait; Royale Hayat Hospital in Kuwait and Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover.

Memory Café at Ocean View CHEER Memory Café will celebrate their second anniversary with a morning of Bingo at the Ocean View CHEER Center on Monday, March 23 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration which will include Bingo and prizes for the winners. Memory Café is open to the public and free of charge; however, an RSVP is kindly requested. Memory Café provides a safe environment for people with memory loss and their care partners to laugh, learn, and to be socially engaged with others who are traveling the same journey. This program is not an adult day care program, nor one that provides personal or medical care. The caregiver/family member is responsible for their loved one. For more information, contact Yolanda Gallego at ygallego@cheerde.com or 302-539-2671.

Hospice honors Social Workers Month This month, Delaware Hospice is honoring its social workers and the work they do to improve the lives of hospice patients. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) sponsors March as Social Worker Month with the theme Social Work Paves the Way for Change." At Delaware Hospice, social workers navigate the patient and family dynamics while ensuring the patient receives the highest quality hospice and health care services. Hospice social workers strive to achieve positive outcomes whether it is working to reunite family members, provide informational resources to the patient and family, or just be a listening ear. To learn more about the services provided by Delaware Hospice, visit www.delawarehospice.org. For more information about the National Association of Social Workers, visit www.socialworkers.org.

Smoking Cessation Program Nanticoke Physician Network is hosting Freedom from Smoking¨, a free, seven week program providing support and guidance to quit smoking. Freedom from Smoking¨ is the premier smoking cessation program from the American Lung Association. This program offers strategies to improve your lifestyle through modifying behaviors, changes in diet, reducing stress, and avoiding weight gain. You will also get the support you need to remain smoke free for life. Classes will be held at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Mondays, April 6 through May 18. This session includes one meeting on Wednesday, April 29. For more information or to register, call 752-8467 or 752-8469. You must be at least 18-years-old to register.

Students to attend HOSA conference Delaware health science students and advisors will attend the HOSA-Future Health Professionals 4th Annual State Leadership Conference at the Delaware State Fire School in Dover on March 19 and March 25 and at Delaware State University on March 26. Schools participating in competitive events include Conrad Schools of Science, Delcastle Technical High School, Dover High School, Hodgson Vocational Technical High School, Indian River High School, St. Georges Technical High School, William Penn High School, Glasgow High School, Howard High School of Technology, Polytech High School, Sussex Tech High School, and Sussex Central High School. HOSA's competitive events program prepares students for higher education and entry level certification.

Huntington's disease fact of the week Genetic testing is the best way to determine if symptoms are caused by Huntington's. If one of the individual's parents has had Huntington's, the individual has a 50-50 chance of having the gene. Therefore, genetic testing can be done at any age to determine if the genetic mutation is present.

Walk, run, fun day is May 16 - Walk, 5k Run and Fun Day For Huntington's Disease - May 16 at Roger C. Fisher Park, 27701 Park Lane Laurel 8:15 -9:15 a.m.- Registration 9:30 a.m.- Walk /5k run/ Family Fun Day 11 a.m.- Lunch Provided noon- Fun Day Activities 1 p.m.- Auctions Itinerary subject to change.