Parent Seminars for Student Protection


Title 53G-9-703: Parent Education. Mental Health. Bullying. Safety
Utah State Legislature

I. A school district shall offer a seminar for parents of students in the school district that:

  1. is offered at no cost to parents;
  2. begins at or after 6 p.m.
  3. is held in at least one school located in the school district; and
  4. covers the following topics:

a. substance abuse, including illegal drugs and prescription drugs and prevention;
b. bullying;
c. mental health, depression, suicide awareness, and suicide prevention, including education on limiting access to fatal means;
d. internet safety, including pornography addiction; and
e. the School Safety and Crisis Line

II. A school district shall annually offer one parent seminar for each 11,000 students enrolled in the school district. A school district may not be required to offer more than three seminars.

III. A school district is not required to offer the parent seminar if the local school board determines that the topics described are not of significant interest or value to families in the school district. If a local school board chooses not to offer the parent seminar, the local school board shall notify the Utah State Board of Education and provide reasons why the local school board chose not to offer the parent seminar.

The Utah State Board of Education has developed the following curriculum to support Programs for Youth Protection and Parent Seminars in your school district:


The following resources may be used to support Parent Seminars.


Learn ways that parents, school staff, and other caring adults can help kids prevent bullying.

Internet Safety and Pornography Addiction

Common Sense Media
The leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Common empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids' lives.

Fight the New Drug
A non-religious and non-legislative organization that exists to provide individuals the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding pornography by raising awareness on its harmful effects using only science, facts, and personal accounts

NetSafe Utah
Provides online videos and resources for kids, teens, parents and educators, including Internet Safety information that Utah schools need to meet the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requirements.

SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line
A statewide service that provides real-time crisis intervention to youth through texting and a confidential tip program.

Mental Health, Depression, Suicide Awareness and Suicide Prevention, Limiting Access to Fatal Means

Firearms Safety: Teen Suicide
Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition
Is Your Safety On? Learn about how to recognize a crisis and keep your loved one safe.

It's Time to Talk about it: A Family Guide for Youth Suicide Prevention
Prevent Suicide PA (PSPA)
A guide to help family members recognize the warning signs and risk factors of suicide in order to be able to identify these signs in youth, with information of how to access help.

Raising Children in Challenging Times
Jordan School District

Substance Abuse

Parents Empowered
A media and education campaign funded by the Utah Legislature and designed to prevent and reduce underage drinking in Utah by providing parents and guardians with information about the harmful effects of alcohol on the developing teen brain, along with proven skills for preventing underage alcohol use.