Free information session for parents on cyberbullying, social media

Families are invited to attend a free, family information night Nov. 12, hosted by Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 Community Education, to learn about social media, cyberbullying, privacy settings and how to guide young people in making good choices online.

The session is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Anoka-Hennepin Staff Development Center located in the Educational Service Center, 2727 N. Ferry St., Anoka. Enter door No. 7.

The session will also look at the websites and tools that children and teens are currently using, and learn tips and strategies to protect children in today’s digital world.

Roosevelt Middle School technology teacher William Powell, a member of the District 11 middle school districtwide digital citizenship planning team, will also share information and tips about protecting children when using text messages and video games to communicate with friends and new people they may virtually meet online.

Powell has used information from this presentation to train middle school teachers across the school district in how to support students and steer them toward safe practices when using technology tools.

“There are people that hide behind their computers and try to hurt students because of their race, sexuality, weight, disability, because of the way they look,” District 11 Superintendent Dennis Carlson said.

“And they’re not just doing it on Facebook anymore. There are apps that can be deleted in three seconds, but can cause a student a lifetime of pain.”

“This event is just one tool that we hope families will take advantage of to learn how to have healthy conversations about technology and about what is and is not safe online practice.”

Families are asked to register by phone at 763-506-5766 or online: http://bit.ly/1a5RLEt.

Anoka-Hennepin Community Education offers a variety of parenting classes through the adult learning program. To learn more or register, visit www.DiscoverCommunityEd.com or call 763-506-1260.

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