Today’s children are growing up in a very different world. Do you worry about keeping your kids safe online? Here’s your chance to learn how to prevent digital issues like sexting, cyber bullying, irresponsible use of apps, poor social media behavior and sexual exploitation from affecting your family.
The award-winning “Public and Permanent: Preventing Sexting, Cyber Bullying and Beyond” will take place on April 20 and 21. The program is appropriate for children in middle school and older, and an adult must accompany all children. Attendees will gain a greater awareness of negative, irresponsible and malicious online behavior and learn how to reduce the risk of being a victim of cyber-crime, cyber bullying and digital exploitation.
“The Internet and digital technologies provide many opportunities and valuable information to our children,” says Sonja Donohue, manager of community relations at BendBroadband. “However, it’s more critical than ever that both parents and students understand how to be safe online.”
According to a study from the i-SAFE Foundation, more than half of teens have been bullied online or have engaged in cyber bullying.
“It is important that parents understand Internet safety risks and talk to their children about dangers that exist online,” says Kim Bohme, prevention coordinator at KIDS Center. “Adults need to help establish appropriate online behaviors for their children.”
Richard Guerry, author and executive director of the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2), will lead the program, showing attendees how to prevent sexting, cyber bullying, poor social media behavior, sexual exploitation and irresponsible use of apps.
The events will take place at Redmond High School on Monday, April 20 and Bend Senior High School on Tuesday, April 21, both from 6-8 p.m. The cost for each is $5 for adults and free for children.
Register in advance at www.kidscenter.org. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the event. All proceeds benefit the KIDS Center, a non-profit dedicated to the prevention, evaluation and treatment of child abuse in Central Oregon.
For more advice, check out this article published by our parent company, TDS, with nine tips for keeping your kids safe online.