With more affordable smart phones and the growth of social media like Facebook and Twitter, everyone is getting connected.
These new media are hard to avoid, but how do you protect your children--from not only predators, but also from bad decisions and their long-lasting effects--when they participate?
The Lake Washington PTSA Council, with support from Lake Washington School District, has scheduled four youth cyber-safety presentations for parents that will help answer those questions and more.
These presentations, given by speaker Charles Leitch, are titled, “Youth Cyber-Safety and the Risks of Social Media – What Every Family Needs to Know.” The same program was offered last spring to parents around the district.
The school district described the presentation like this:
The lively presentation will focus on how to approach use of technology with our young people, to understand the current risks posed from technology and social media like Facebook and Twitter. Leitch will provide ideas on how to approach these issues with your child and to engage in a meaningful discussion. Safe practices and supervision will be reviewed as well as the role of schools and the legal limits they currently face. A primary goal will be greater understanding and empowerment as a parent in an age when young people seem to embrace technology better than adults and limits can be hard to establish, let alone enforce.
The same presentation will be repeated on four different nights at elementary schools around Lake Washington School District to give more parents an opportunity to attend. Admission is free. No RSVP is required to attend.
· Juanita Elementary (Kirkland) – September 26, 7-9 p.m.
· Alcott Elementary (Redmond) – October 3, 7-9 p.m.
· Peter Kirk Elementary (Kirkland) – October 17, 7-9 p.m.
· Redmond Elementary (Redmond) – October 24, 7-9 p.m.
About the presenter: Charles Leitch is a Founding Principal of Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch, Inc., P.S., a regional law firm with offices in Seattle and Portland. His active practice focuses on work with school districts. In addition to his practice, Leitch provides guidance, trainings and orientations on technology supervision, social networking, cyberbullying, and exploitation prevention nationally and internationally. These lively events routinely include specific presentation formats for teenagers and parents. He is a member of multiple work groups and advisory boards nationally on technology supervision and best practices, including the Washington State’s Attorney General Youth Internet Safety Taskforce and Washington D.C.’s Ikeepsafe.org. Prior to his civil practice and work with emerging technology supervision, Leitch served as a prosecutor on the county and city level.