We hope you are well. We miss seeing you in person, but we’ve also enjoyed connecting with you in new ways. If you would benefit from some help navigating your match relationship under these temporary guidelines, please never hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here for you!
BBBSCI is committed to keeping our Bigs, Littles, families, employees and supporters healthy and safe. As a reminder, we continue to take the following steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19):
- BBBSCI staff continue to work remotely and are accessible by phone, email, and video chat.
- All program functions, including mentoring time between Bigs & Littles, will be done virtually via telephone, smart phone, social platforms, and/or video conferencing solutions. Get creative; we’ll help!
- Bigs are strongly encouraged to make bi-weekly, or weekly (if possible), contacts with their Little and their Parent/Guardian to provide positivity, consistency, and support.
- Our Match Support staff will continue providing guidance and will focus on sharing digital resources to help all matches continue connecting. We will continue to provide support for all matches seeking additional community resources.
- We expect Bigs, Littles, and Parents/Guardians to continue having scheduled contact with their Mentoring Relationship Specialist. Please let us know how you are doing and how we can help.
- We are working on a virtual celebration for our graduating matches and hope it will still be possible to celebrate in person sometime this summer. We want to recognize your time together and this important milestone.
Online Safety Recommendations:
As we rely more heavily on technology to help keep us connected, it’s a great time to ensure online safety measures are in place. Here are a few resources that can help:
- Messenger Kids (from Facebook) is a great way to safely connect with your Little via a social media platform, while keeping parents in the loop. Here’s more on how it works.
- The NetSmartz program offers age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and off-line. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, downloadable activities, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.
- Please click here for an additional resource from NetSmartz.
Also, please remember BBBSCI’s Digital Technology and Social Networking Guidelines:
To help ensure child safety, Parents/Guardians are to monitor their children while online. Bigs are to monitor Littles if they are using the internet during a match activity.
To protect confidentiality and privacy of all participants, any content posted on social media pages, such as Facebook, should be appropriate and carried out with the approval of all parties.
Bigs should not “friend” or “follow” Littles on social media until after 90 days of the match and the Little is at least 13 years of age.
Should a Big/Little/Parent/Guardian have a personal social networking page, no identifying or personal information (e.g. last name, school, employer, etc.) should be disclosed from either party. It is permissible to post pictures, but they should not be tagged and no last names should be used.
Our community continues to support people during this time. If you are in need of meal services, please visit the Indianapolis Public Schools website and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Facebook page for more information.
Be sure to review and continue to follow the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations for preventing the spread of illness.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact your Mentoring Relationship Specialist.
Senior Director, Mentoring Relationships & Program Outcomes
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana
317.472.3707 Direct ▪ 317.513.2362 Cell