Internet Safety Presentations For Parents

Parents and grandparents who want to learn more about online risks that young people are facing are encouraged to attend one of two presentations in Huron County this week.

The Huron Youth Justice Committee will be hosting Internet Safety presentations in Clinton and Wingham.

The Youth Justice Committee has found that parents and caregivers are often unaware of the online safety risks that tweens and teens face. Those include cyberbullying, online child predators, self-peer exploitation, live streaming and sextortion.

The first presentation is Wednesday, April 18 from 6pm to 8:30pm at St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School in Clinton.

The second presentation is Thursday evening from 6pm to 8:30pm at Maitland River Elementary School in Wingham.

The presentations will be highlighted by keynote speaker Joseph Talavera, a Telus Wise Ambassador. Other presenters include speakers from the Ontario Provincial Police, Huron County Health Unit, Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board, Avon-Maitland District School Board, and Rural Response for Healthy Children.

Attendees are asked to RSVP in advance with Jennifer Doak by calling 519-524-6702 or by email at Jennifer.Doak@start.ca

According to Teresa Donnelly, West Region Sexual Violence Crown attorney & chair of the Huron Youth Justice Committee, “Online risks and dangers are very real for our children, I urge you to not only educate yourself about these risks but to make it a habit to talk with your child about their online activities. It is essential for parents to be proactive and speak with their kids about their online experiences and potential safety concerns.”