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Buckeye Broadband To Support Seminar To Help Teens Be Safe In The Digital Age

Better safe than sorry.

Northwest Ohio preteens, teens, and their parents have been invited to a digital safety seminar.

Titled “Today’s Teens & Technology: Helping Youth Navigate the Digital Age,” the free two-hour seminar will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Thurgood Marshall Auditorium at 1609 N. Superior St.

“We’re really excited about this event. ... Our goal is to provide information and strategies on how to make informed decisions about technology and how to use it safely,” said Deirdre Washington, prevention-education manager at Harbor Behavioral Health and chairman of Youth Advocacy Alliance, a co-presenter of the event.

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 living in the county.

Event highlights will include a presentation by Richard Guerry, a nationally acclaimed digital safety expert, about the importance of knowing what it takes to prevent and avoid digital issues such as sexting, cyber bullying, and “sextortion.”

The seminar is presented in collaboration with the Partners in Education’s Parent University established in 2015 by Toledo Public Schools. Sponsors of the event include 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 Buckeye Broadband.

Buckeye Broadband experts will be on-hand to discuss digital ways to help protect children from such threats as viewing inappropriate content, cyber bullying, and cyber predators. The experts will focus on available tools to monitor online activities, according to organizers.

“What kids do online creates a digital reputation,” Kris Charles, technology support manager with Buckeye Broadband, said in a statement. “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.”

The event is free and open to the public, with limited seating available.


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