Teach your kids to be Cybersafe: Monday night

Above: Cybersafety expert, Dr. Gwenn O’Keefe will address parents in town on protecting and empowering children. (Images from her website)

Reminder, this Monday, April 7th,  the SOS is bringing in an expert to help parents keep kids “cybersafe”. It’s for any parents whose child uses the internet, or will be soon.

The event will be held 7:00 pm at Trottier Middle School.

The intent is to teach parents how to teach their children to “navigate the digital world widely and safely.”

Guest speaker Gwen O’Keefe  is author of CyberSafe: Protecting and Empowering Kids in the Digital World of Texting, Gaming, and Social Media.

Topics covered by her book include:

  • Cyber bullying
  • Screentime
  • Digital footprints
  • Internet safety tools
  • Online gaming and virtual worlds

I don’t have her agenda for Monday, but I’m sure it will include cyber bullying. In her book, she shares:

It’s no surprise that as more of life has become digital and online, bullies have gone there too. The problem with online bullies is that they are faceless and often harder to identify and stop than bullies in the off-line realm. The effect, though, is no less significant, especially on children. In fact, online bullying—cyberbullying—is the most common negative situation that can happen in the online space to any of our kids.

What makes cyberbullying so challenging is that kids don’t report it to adults and don’t want to rat out their friends. To add insult to injury, schools uniformly don’t have great strategies for handling it.

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