Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Growing Up Online - A Presentation for Parents

Cybersafety is one of the most confronting issues for teachers, parents and of course students. It is the number one non-academic problem that schools have to tackle, often on a daily basis. Whereas most of the inappropriate behavior occurs at home, schools are responsible for trying to sort out the mess when a student’s online behavior affects their relationships within the school community.

Children today have access to and are accessible by many millions of people worldwide via the vast array of websites, applications, and online games. Other identified dangers include exposure to inappropriate content, cyberbullying and harassment, ‘sexting’ and identity theft. Teens are often not aware that their words and or photos, which may have been intended for a small audience, sometimes find their way to a larger one, often with both the unexpected and undesirable consequences.
Burlington High School takes the issue of Cybersafety education very seriously and is taking a proactive approach by affording parents the opportunity to be informed about the serious nature of this issue, and I have much pleasure in inviting you to a Cybersafety Presentation for parents. This presentation will be held on October 4th in the Burlington High School Auditorium. This presentation is suitable for ALL parents, regardless of the age of your son or daughter and will be delivered by an internationally recognized expert on this issue, Susan McLean.
More information is below and more Information about Susan McLean can be found at
I strongly encourage your attendance at this very important evening. As parents, you have a very important role to play in the minimizing of cyberbullying and harassing behaviors online and this presentation will assist you to develop CyberSafety measures for your own family to ensure that your children remain as safe as possible when using the fabulous technologies available to them.

kEePiNg SaFe iN cYbErSpAcE :-

  • An informative, entertaining and enlightening session for Parents and carers of young children and adolescents and will cover:-
  • Popular sites – What are they? (You probably know Facebook, Instagram & Snapchat, but what about Kik, Yellow, Happen, Secret Calculator or Houseparty?
  • What do kids do online? Where do they go? The difference between an ‘online friend’ and a ‘stranger.’
  • Online Grooming – What is it and when/how does it occur?
  • Misuse of technology - legal consequences and the possible criminal charges. (What is cyber bullying and harassment?)
  • ‘Sexting’ – the taking and sending of explicit images...what are the REAL consequences and possible criminal charges.
  • Potential dangers and safety tips – how to assist the children in your care to stay safe online.
  • Be confident in setting rules and boundaries around internet use in the  home
  • Time for Questions.
Susan will have copies of her best selling book, Sexts Texts and Selfies – How to keep you child safe in the digital space.” (Penguin Books) for sale on the night. $20 Cash only.

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