‘Responsible Use of Digital Media’ Seminar Presented by The Youth Advocacy Alliance

. September 18, 2018.


Free Technology Seminar for Teens & Parents

Communication in our digital world provides tech-savvy kids with unique benefits and challenges. To address issues of appropriate use of technology, a FREE event for parents, tweens, and teens living in northwest Ohio is scheduled for Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Thurgood Marshall Auditorium at 1609 N. Superior Street. Light refreshments will be available.

Today’s Teens & Technology: Helping Youth Navigate the Digital Age is presented by The Youth Advocacy Alliance in collaboration with the Partners in Education’s Parent University, with the support of the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, Lucas County Children Services, Partners in Education’s Parent University/Toledo Public Schools, Harbor, and technology experts from Buckeye Broadband.

“Our children are being shaped by their ability to explore and participate in digital technology,” says Deirdre Washington, Prevention Education Manager, with Harbor and Chair of Youth Advocacy Alliance, organizers of the event. “Technology is enhancing our kids’ development, thinking, entertainment, relationships, activities, and learning. This event is designed to help kids and parents manage responsible use of technology and prevent digital abuse,” she adds.

Nationally acclaimed speaker and author Richard Guerry, founder of the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication, will focus on the importance of practicing Public and Permanent, information that all users of digital technology must know as citizens of a rapidly evolving digital village in order to prevent and avoid current—and future—digital issues like sexting, cyber bullying, and sextortion. Guerry motivates audiences with an entertaining and eye-opening solution-oriented concept of how to avoid any self-inflicted digital problem.

In addition to Guerry, a Buckeye Broadband Brainiac will be on-hand to discuss digital solutions available to help protect kids against the growing number of serious online issues such as viewing inappropriate content, cyberbullying, cyberpredators, and more.

“What kids do online creates a digital reputation,” says Kris Charles, Technology Support Manager with local technology company Buckeye Broadband. “What is posted to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat is permanent. Even web-based games and apps lay a digital trail,” Charles adds. Buckeye will focus on available tools to monitor online activities. “We’re really excited about this event,” says Washington. “Our goal is to provide information and strategies on how to make informed decisions about technology and how to use it safely.”

The seminar is FREE and open to the public (limited seating available). In addition, a conference for professionals is scheduled for the following day, Friday, September 28 and will include continuing education credits.

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The Youth Advocacy Alliance is a committee of the Lucas County Family and Children First Council, a collaborative body of public leaders in Health, Education, and Human Services and advocates focused on improving the quality of life for children, youth and families in Lucas County. It is the mission of the Youth Advocacy Alliance to promote and strengthen healthy youth development in Lucas County by providing opportunities for cross-system networking and influencing policy, legislation and organizational practices.