Presentation on "The Dark Side of Technology" for Parents

Post date: Aug 18, 2014 2:08:56 PM

The Dark Side of Digital Technology: Internet, Cell Phones, and Social Media

Presented by Eric Szatkowski

Wilmot Union High School

September 16th, 6:00 p.m. Lance Haas Auditorium

While digital technology offers a world of communication, education, and entertainment options for our youth, it also has a dark and dangerous side we must be aware of. This fast-paced presentation takes an in-depth look into the latest trends in digital exploitation of children. Eric uses real-life case examples and gives unabashed practical advice for anyone interested in the safety and well-being of our children while online or using their cell/smart phones. Eric pulls-no-punches as he combines his investigative expertise with his own personal experiences as a husband and father who protected his own two children as they grew up with digital technology.

Attendees will learn techniques used by predators, the types of kids who are most vulnerable, and the link between the growing victimization of children and the sexualized culture. Topics include the latest on potential dangers of social networking sites like Facebook, as well as disturbing trends of sexting, cyber bullying, and webcam exploitation. Eric also discusses the risks of popular music and video file sharing programs, smart phones apps like Snap Chat, geo-tagging, and online gaming.

Eric also provides a live, eye-opening demonstration of some troubling sites our kids can be exposed to online or on their phones.

The audience will be challenged to be good parents instead of “best friends” to their children. Eric also explains how filters and monitoring software should be used to support their primary mission of raising kids in a safe, caring, AND high-tech environment.

Please join us for this powerful presentation on Tuesday September 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. There is no admission fee for this presentation. Due to the nature of this program it is for parents and guardians only. Students will not be allowed to enter the presentation.