Hudson -- Can clues in a child's bedroom be warning signs of possible troubling behavior?
Parents who want to know can find out by attending an April 15 program at Hudson Middle School.
The program, Hidden in Plain Sight, is sponsored by Hudson Community First, in conjunction with the Hudson Police Department, Western Reserve Academy and Hudson City Schools and is a Community of Concern program.
Officers from both the Copley and Bath police departments will present an exhibit to show parents and adults what various signs in their children's rooms can mean.
"I believe that parents need to be involved and knowledgeable about what their children can be exposed to," according Sue Carter, of HCF. "That can be everything from underage drinking, substance abuse and eating disorders to social media."
It isn't a lecture, Carter added. "It is an education for parents that allows us to be aware of red flags so that we can help our children before we have a problem."
Hudson is a community which supports youth through committed parents, the schools and organizations like Community First, Carter said.
"Having said that, our children are still exposed to behaviors which can be risky," she said. "As parents, we need to be involved and educated ourselves so that we can help our own children."
During the program, adults will be encouraged to explore and interact with the display, designed to look like a teenager's bedroom.
The program is for adults only, according to Carter.
"The program is focused on educating adults as to potential risky behavior of their children," Carter said. "The actual exhibit includes items which have been or could be used."
This is the first time the program has been offered in Hudson, however there have been more than 20 presentations of the same program locally, Carter said.
"This program is part of the Hudson Community First efforts in the Keep Hudson Safe Initiative," Carter said.
The program is free.
After the program Community First will be making an "in kind" donation to the program, Carter said.
For information contact Carter at 330-697-3659 or email SueCarter@RoadRunner.com.