"I learned about MASK from a friend "liking" you on Facebook. I went to check out your website and was extremely excited to see a magazine for school aged children and their real-life concerns. I also saw your segment on Channel 3 News. I am very encouraged that this publication is bringing more light to bullying and peer interaction. Bullying has strongly touched my home and has forever changed mine and my 11 year old daughter's heart. Thank you for all your hard work!”
"As a parent I am always worried about my kid's future. Through MASK I have found an organization that supports my need to be informed to assist my kids in the kind of world that we live in now. I have attended several presentations and I have found them very useful. I am always looking forward to more presentations because MASK also introduces new information every time. I will without a doubt continue to support MASK."
-Monica Pereira-Guana, Mother of a 9 & 6 year old
"My wife and I became involved with MASK two years ago to learn more about some of the realities that our children face on a daily basis. Of course not unlike many parents we assumed that while the risks of drugs and alcohol are there, our children of course would be unaffected because they are being raised in a "good and safe" environment. The reality is no matter how you raise your children they can become susceptible to peer pressure and the need to "fit in" with others.
Since we have become active in MASK we have taken the following steps to help insure our children's safety:
1. The liquor cabinet at home is locked and the key to the cabinet is kept in a safe.
2. Random alcohol and drug testing of our teenage sons.
3. When spending the night at a friend’s house we require verification via a phone call from one of the other parents from a land line to confirm that our child is at their home and they are there as well..."trust, but verify.
Recently we received a phone call from another mom who informed us that her son and some other boys, including one of our sons, had taken her car out without permission. She also found evidence that the boys had been smoking marijuana in her car. When she questioned her son about who was participating in that part of the evening he said, ‘All of the boys, except for one, because his parents drug test him!’ While we were disappointed that our son made the choice to get into the car that evening, we were relieved to learn that the random drug screening was effective as it gave our son an excuse for not participating.
In the end, it is up to our children to make the right choices at those critical moments, but it is our responsibility as parents to be involved and even intrusive at times as we have a responsibility to do all we can to educate, prepare and protect our children... MASK provides you with the information you need as a parent to do just that!”
-Parents of MASK