With cyber bullying, sexting and the popularity of Twitter, Facebook, cellphones, laptops, and tablets, what’s a parent to do to keep up with their kids? How can parents encourage their children to be more responsible about what they are posting on Facebook and Twitter?
The Cincinnati Police are offering a workshop for parents and their children titled Youth and Social Media. A free workshop with limited seating.
Here is a summary of the two hour Youth and Social Media class.
What: A family learning session on responsible use of social media
When: This Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a. m., doors open at 8:30a.m. at the United Way Convening Center at 2400 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. Parking is free.
The program focuses on parents and their children (grades 7-12) when it comes to computers, cell phones and other social media. Social networks have changed the way children and their parents communicate. With so much technology, parents may find it difficult to understand how their children use social media to keep up with their friends. But social media does have a downside; it creates the perfect environment for challenges to the family through intimidation, bullying and sexting.
The training will involve families in a discussion and encourage a positive environment for responsible social media. Parents will learn the basics of social media and how deviants use social media to manipulate children and young adults into sending private information and pictures—actions that can endanger your children.
· will gain a better understanding of how social media works
· will learn to recognize signs of sexting and cyber bullying
· will learn language for speaking to their children about social media
· will learn how to make responsible social media choices
· will better understand how to communicate with friends and peers through social media
· will learn to prepare for resolving miscommunication and online hate speech
This free seminar is offered by the Cincinnati Police and Bridges for a Just Community. If interested, register online at www.youthandsocialmedia.eventbrite.com or at the event.