Internet & Social Media Safety for Parents & Grandparents

September 15, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

SPARK, the aspect of The Light offering special interest classes, is addressing cyberbullying through a series of classes for students, parents and grandparents. Did you know that 90 percent of West Virginia children in grades 4 through 8 admit that someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online and that 52% of high school students report having experienced some form of harassment by their peers through an electronic medium? The WVU Extension Service will offer two classes to help combat the growing problem. On Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m., parents and grandparents will learn overview of cyberbullying, how to identify it with their children/grandchildren and various technical lessons. At this session, a tech expert will be help parents understand how to monitor activity on devices. On Sunday, Sept. 20 at 6 pm, students will learn about proper use of social media, how to recognize when you are being cyberbullied, “sexting” and strategies to minimize the effects of cyberbullying. These classes will be offered in the church’s 4th floor media center.