Keeping kids safe with 21st century media
The Internet is a proverbial minefield, especially for our children, and not just in what information they access but also in who accesses information about them.
What is the right age for youngsters to start having access to websites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, and how can they be protected while on these sites?
These are questions being asked more often by parents as younger and younger children become computer savvy. A workshop being offered by Volunteer Marlborough called "a parent's guide to social media" will look to answer these questions and more, on Monday next week.
"This will be the second time we are running it," said Volunteer Marlborough manager, Debbie Remacha.
"The first time we ran the workshop it was done at somewhat short notice and we only had around 20 parents attend, but we had an excellent response."
The first workshop was also run during the day, but on Monday it will be run from 7pm to 9pm.
Bohally Intermediate School have come on board and offered the use of their hall for the presentation.
According to Debbie there is a gap in internet social media awareness and understanding among people of around 40 years old and over.
"I fall into that category myself. I never really learned all about social media because I never used it and honestly still don't think I do.
"I do, however, need to understand what it is all about, what the risks are for my kids and how to protect them," said Debbie.
The workshop, which is very interactive, will offer an introduction to social media, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, texting and sexting and webcams. Parents will be shown how to safeguard and monitor their children as they navigate and socialise on the internet.
The workshop is run by Melbourne-based People First - Total Solutions, a company that works with not-for-profit organisation to become more efficient and effective.
The workshop is intended for adults and it is not recommended that children attend. An entry fee of $5 is applicable.
For more information and to register contact Volunteer Marlborough on 03 577 9388 or 0210 231 2802 or email email@example.com.
- The Marlborough Express