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Two-part parent program offers tips on surviving social media

| November 20, 2014

Children have access to more social media platforms than ever, so keeping them safe while connected is a large priority.

In conjunction with the Colonie Police Department, Shaker Junior High School Counselor Stacey Angell and Shaker High School Counselor Robyn Hayes presented two evening programs for parents to learn how to keep their children safe while using sites such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Vine, and Kik. Cell phone safety was also addressed.

“Social media is here to stay, and as a community we need to work with our children to use these tools appropriately and responsibly,” said Angell. “I am a huge proponent of using social media, and I firmly believe that kids are capable of using social media with limits.”

Angell, Hayes, and Investigator Chris Smith took parents through the basic sites and shared some very eye-opening information on issues that can arise when using social media. During part two of the program, parents brought their own devices and were assisted with setting up accounts, adjusting settings, and learning how to monitor a child’s media usage.

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