Facebook’s Anti-Bullying Tools

Facebook has announced a new set of anti-bullying tools where users will be able to hide or delete multiple comments at once from the options menu of posts. This feature is available on desktops and Androids already, but it will not be on iOS until the next few months. And Facebook is going to be testing ways to easily block offensive words from appearing in comments.

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Teen Talk Program Supports Area Youth

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– Teen Talk events provide a safe space for teens to share, gain support
– Group discussions can improve social, mental and emotional health

(Elk Grove, CA) October 6, 2018 — Face2Face Youth Group, an Elk Grove-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, announced a new program called “Teen Talk,” a series of group discussions for teens and pre-teens.

The program includes Boys Talk and Girls Talk, two popular gender-specific events the nonprofit has been hosting at the Teen Center USA in Elk Grove for several months. They will soon add a new event for LGBT and questioning youth, called Pride Talk.

All of the Teen Talk events are facilitated by adults, including Face2Face Youth Group staff and volunteers, most of whom are certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

“Kids can benefit from Teen Talk events in several ways,” said Face2Face CEO and co-founder, Margaret Arsenault. “Participating in the discussions can improve everything from social skills to emotional health. And, frankly, they have fun at the same time.”

Arsenault says Face2Face Youth Group is in the process of requesting space from the Elk Grove Unified School District to expand the program. The group discussions would be held at area schools after school hours. The first such school at which Face2Face plans to hold the Teen Talk events is Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School.

“Suicide is the third leading cause of death among kids 10 to 14, and half of all school-age kids say they’ve been bullied in the last month,” Arsenault continued. “Middle school students would seem to be in the greatest need of support and our Teen Talk program is one more form of support for them.”

For more information and to register for any of the Teen Talk events, visit the Face2Face Youth Group website at http://Face2FaceYouthGroup.com.


About Face2Face Youth Group
Face2Face Youth Group, Inc. is a California 501(c)(3) charitable and public benefit nonprofit corporation. Its mission is to improve the social and emotional well-being of youth. To do this, Face2Face Youth Group encourages youth to spend less time on electronic devices, like smartphones, and more time at “offline” activities and events.


Margaret Arsenault, Chief Executive Officer
PO Box 582155, Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 245-7507


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