Testimonial

    Testimonal from Mount Mercy College, Cork.

     

     

     

    Mount Mercy College, Model Farm Road, Cork.

    Phone:  021: 4542366 / 4542685

    Email:  admin@mountmercy.ie & secretary@mountmercy.ie

     

    TESTIMONIAL – Ms. Eileen Keane-Haly.  Ref:  Jumpstart Your Confidence Programme

     

    Eileen Keane, director of Jumpstartyourconfidence.com has had a very positive response from our students.  This is our second year availing of her programmes for 1st year students pertaining to:

    • The importance of a positive Self-Esteem
    • Social Media and Bullying Awareness

     

    The students’ feedback was very positive. They indicated that the sessions helped them to understand issues many of them have had whilst  settling  into secondary school. For example;

    v  the fact that many students found things difficult but now realized they were not alone,

    v  the importance of believing in themselves

    v  the importance of friendship

    v  the damaging effects of all types of bullying.

    They found the Social Media section especially helpful in giving them strategies to find a balanced life and helped their awareness as to the pros and cons of same.

    This is our first year availing of the Coping Skills talk for Junior Cert Students and this was also very well received by the students. Eileen dealt with issues such as peer pressure, choices, self-control and exam pressure in a very holistic way. She has a deep understanding of the issues concerning young people today and a natural empathy with teenagers.

    I would highly recommend both of Eileen’s sessions and would be happy to give further feedback to any school interested in these talks.

     

    Ellen Van Walleghem

    Deputy Principal

    Mount Mercy College

    Cork

     

     

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    Eileen Keane, director of Jumpstartyourconfidence.com has had a very positive response from our students.  This is our second year availing of her programmes for 1st year students on;

    The importance of a positive Self-Esteem

    &

    Social Media and Bullying Awareness

     

    The students’ feedback was very positive. They indicated that the sessions helped them to understand issues many of them have had whilst settling into secondary school.

    For example;

    -the fact that many students found things difficult, they were not alone,

    -the importance of believing in themselves

    -the importance of friendship .

    -the damaging effects of all types of bullying.

    They found the Social Media section especially helpful in giving them strategies to find a balanced life and helped their awareness as to the pros and cons of same.

     

    This is our first year availing of the Coping Skills talk for Junior Cert Students and this was also very well received by the students. Eileen dealt with issues such as peer pressure, choices, self-control and exam pressure in a very holistic way. She has a deep understanding of the issues concerning young people today and a natural empathy with teenagers.

     

    I would highly recommend both of Eileen’s sessions and would be happy to give further feedback to any school interested in these talks.

     

    Ellen Van Walleghem

    Deputy Principal

    Mount Mercy College

    Cork

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    Hi Eileen,

    The parenting session was great, really opened our eyes and we are definitely a bit calmer!

    I think we just needed to realise we are doing ok, the boys are happy, so are we, and thats the main thing.

    Thanks Eileen, the session really made a difference.

     

    Tracy

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    I recently gave a talk to 200+ parents in Mitchelstown on the topic of the importance of a positive self esteem in children with John Lonergan and Sgt Kevin Sweeney

     

    News

    The reality of cyber safety brought to the fore at Mitchelstown talk

    Sgt Kevin Sweeney, based in Fermoy made the point that while the internet is a great asset, it can also be a dangerous place.

    Friday, 18 October 2013
    7:55 AM GMT

    Growing up in an age where tablets, smart phones, smart TV’s, consoles and computers are all part of life can be exciting and liberating at times, but for parents, it can be hard to keep up with changing technologies and sometimes they don’t know how to protect their children from the potential dangers online.

    The Parent’s Council from St Fanahan’s College organised a talk Growing Up In The Cyber Age, last Wednesday, October 9, as an opportunity for parents to learn more about the virtual world, which is such a major part of their children’s lives.

    On the night, speakers included Sgt Kevin Sweeney, Community Garda John Hennessy, Eileen Keane of Jump Start Your Confidence and former Governor of Mount Joy, John Lonergan who all spoke about internet safety, parenting and the importance of communication.

    Garda John Hennessy stressed that the information talk highlighted the fact that the parents locally realised how prominent this issue is at the moment.

    Sgt Kevin Sweeney, based in Fermoy made the point that while the internet is a great asset, it can also be a dangerous place and the best way to be prepared to face problems if they arise, is to be well informed.

    One of the warnings that came across stark and clear was that once something goes online, it is there forever and while the drunken photographs from a night out might be great craic when you’re 19, they may not look like so much fun to a prospective employer who checks out your Facebook page when you are looking for a job at 23.

    He said that it is really important to talk to your children and be open about what they do and see online, so that if something happens they will come to the parents.

    While children are taught not to talk to strangers, they might see nothing wrong with putting up their school, full name, and GPS coordinates online. Similarly, adults will put things up on Facebook and other social media sites about being on holidays for two weeks – while they wouldn’t tell a stranger thisinformation, they will happily share it with the world online.

    “Being online alone in your own bedroom is like sitting in Patrick Street at a big window, where everyone can see what you’re doing,” Sgt Sweeney said.

    He advised parents to make sure that their children personally know everyone that they are connected to online and that their privacy settings are set to maximum.

    The sergeant spoke of one incident he had investigated where a 15-year-old girl was video chatting online and as things escalated, she took off her clothes and did things she was asked to do – without her realising, she was sharing this with three men, not one, and within minutes, the footage and pictures had been uploaded to more than 20 porn sites.

    He also spoke of websites which encourage things like self-harm, suicide or anorexia and sites that teach people how to groom young children.

    With cyber bullying, he pointed out that by the time the Gardai get involved, it has often gotten very serious, so it needs to be caught at school or home level before things escalate and one of the worst things about cyber bullying is that it can be anonymous, where the victim has no idea who their bully is.

    Eileen Keane of Jump Start your Confidence spoke about the importance of building self-esteem from a young age, having open dialogue with your children and giving them space when they need it.

    While many parents are quick to point out flaws or mistakes, she said that it is really important to thank children, even when are very young, and praise them for doing small jobs.

    She stressed the importance of respect, saying that it is a huge part of parenting and that praise and encouragement are also very important, but also to be realistic without being cruel so that the child isn’t being set up for a big fall, by falsely thinking that they are really good at something when they’re not.

    Setting goals will also help to build their self-esteem, while Eileen said that it is crucial to build up a trusting relationship.

    Sometimes it can be hard to talk to children about difficult subjects and in this case, Eileen recommended texting each other or writing it down.

    She concluded with a quote from Alvin Price which really sums up what parents should be doing for their children: “Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to drain it dry”.

    Speaking about the importance of being a parent, John Lonergan made the point that while people are trained for most professions, parenting is the most important job anyone will have and yet very few people are actually prepared for it.

    He said that parents need to accept their child and their interests and abilities, so as not to make them do activities or subjects that they really aren’t interested in.

    Chatting is something that should be part of every parent/child relationship, according to John, who said that when a child approaches a parent to tell them something, they should just listen and try not to judge.

    Non negotiable ‘no-no’s’ in John’s book included put downs, which can leave a damaging mark that they will never forget, comparisons, which are always unfair as there is always a loser in a comparison, arguing, getting angry and being negative.

     

    TIPS AND HINTS TO STAY SAFE ONLINE

    Keep a computer in the family room and control the amount of time they are online.

    * Don’t allow mobile phones to be used at night time in bed.

    * Create different user accounts for members of the family on the computer, with different safety features appropriate to ages.

    * Talk to your children and create a free dialogue around what they do online and who they talk to.

    * Visit some of these websites for help and support: www.internetsafety.ie www.webwise.ie www.watchyourspace.ie and www.childline.ie.

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    Hi Eileen
    I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thanks for the talks you have given to first years in Mount Mercy.  My daughter is in first year and would be a quiet gentle girl and whilst she is getting on well in first year after your talks to them (which seems to reinforcing everything I try to tell her about being confident) she seems a lot happier in herself.
    Kind regards
    A Happier Mum
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    Dear Eileen

    Thank you so much for the time you gave me before I started secondary school.  The advice you gave me really helped.

    I am getting on really well now.

    Thanks again

    Rebecca

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    Testimonal from Colaiste Muire Crosshaven re 1st Year Talks 2013

    Thanks again Eileen for the presentations you did recently for our First Year girls in Colaiste Muire Crosshaven.
    The feedback from the girls was excellent in relation to both content covered and your presentation/interaction with the students.
    The timing [just after Christmas holidays] seems to have worked well and hopefully the full benefits of the presentations will become evident as the remainder of the year unfolds.

    Hopefully we will be in a position to repeat the exercise in the forthcoming academic year.
    Regards Pat O Flynn.

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