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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Wentzville School District Hosts Child Cyber Safety Presentations

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Wentzville School District Hosts Child Cyber Safety Presentations

St. Louis, MO  (KTRS)  The Wentzville School School District is hosting two events this week to show parents how to keep their children safe in cyberspace. On Monday night, the first of two presentations called “Dealing with Digital Drama” was held at Holt High School for parents of elementary school kids.  The presentation covered several […]

Wentzville School District Hosts Child Cyber Safety Presentations

St. Louis, MO  (KTRS)  The Wentzville School School District is hosting two events this week to show parents how to keep their children safe in cyberspace.

On Monday night, the first of two presentations called “Dealing with Digital Drama” was held at Holt High School for parents of elementary school kids.  The presentation covered several topics, including  cyberbullying, sexting, and online predators.

Jennifer Schiffman, the Prevention Specialist for the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children, says parents need to start a conversation with their children about technology.  She also recommends setting up tech-free zones and times in the home.  Parents should also recharge all devices in their bedroom at night.

Schiffman also says parents shouldn’t scold their children if they come to them for help after engaging in inappropriate online activity.  She recommends reporting the issue to the proper authorities and talking with their kids about the situation.

Dr. Curtis Cane, the superintendent for the Wentzville School District, said its important that parents and children are educated about online risks. “There are potential life long consequences for your actions literally at the age of 10 or 15-years-old. That’s just a different day. We have to work our way through it. We just need our young folks to be as fully informed and our parents to be as fully informed and supportive as possible.”

Chris Hoelscher says she doesn’t allow her second and third children to engage in social media. “Let them stay young as long as possible. Why push that? It’s such an adult issue to deal with. It’s like anything else. It’s like make up for girls or doing other activities that older kids do, why let them grow up faster than they have to grow up.”

Some online resources on child cyber safety include:

commonsensemedia.org

ikeepsafe.org

nobullying.com

netsmartz411.org

thatsnotcool.com

Tuesday night’s presentation will be for parents of middle and high school students. It’s scheduled for 7 p.m. at Timberland High School.

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