Office of Safe Environments • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

Online Continuing Education Opportunities

State of CT DCF Mandated Reporter Training

  • Please complete the D.C.F. online training (Approximately 40 minutes).
  • Please provide a copy of your certificate to your immediate supervisor as proof of completion.

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Safe Environment Training for Parents

Download the Parent Preview Flyer here for more information.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the Children’s Safe Environment Training, Think First and Stay Safe and the Netsmartz workshop. Join other parents in the Diocese of Bridgeport in discussing topics including, but not limited to child safety, sexual abuse prevention, internet dangers, school yard and cyber bullying, abduction prevention, safe use of technology and the latest popular Apps that are high risk to children.

Date: Thursday, August 10th
Times: 5:00pm – 6:00pm (Elementary School Curriculum K-8), 6:15pm – 7:15pm (High School Curriculum 9-12)

Date: Thursday, September 28th
Times: 5:00pm – 6:00pm (Elementary School Curriculum K-8), 6:15pm – 7:15pm (High School Curriculum 9-12)

Location: The Catholic Center (Room L14), 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606.
Your Facilitator will be Deacon John DiTaranto, Safe Environment Program Assistant. Pre-registration is required to ensure that you are notified in the event of any changes or cancellations.

Please email or call no later than 24-hours prior to the date of the training.
Office: (203) 416-1650
Cell Phone: (475) 988-5366
Email: dnditaranto@diobpt.org


ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING FOR PARENTS (18 minutes) | View the flyer

One of the greatest threats to children’s safety is found online – pornography, sexting and other dangerous practices are found everywhere, from computers to mobile phones. The majority of children and teenagers spend over 70% of their time attached to a screen or electronic device. These numbers are staggering and it leaves young people at increased risk for behavioral issues as they get older. Early exposure to pornography, violent video games, and social media overload can shape attitude, values, sexual inhibitions, as well as violent tendencies.

We encourage you to visit the new CMG Connect: Parents website, which has resources and a free video A Safe Haven Starts at Home. The purpose of CMG Connect: Parents is to help educate parents, teachers and other adults in risk factors and unhealthy internet usage. We hope that through this free platform, parents and other caring adults can learn dangerous behaviors to watch for, set realistic computer/internet usage time, and establish open communication with their children or other young people.

To utilize these valuable resources, please create a free account at: www.CMGparent.org, watch the 18 minute video, and take the short quiz.