Calling all school educators!!!!
As we end our school year, we are planning our next year to be educational not only for our students but our parents as well.
The Naperville Police Department High Technology Crimes Unit had tested a new initiative in response to the dwindling attendance of parents to internet awareness and education for their children. We had gone from 300 people attending in 2009 to 10 people attending in 2013. Some of the reasons for this is “Detective, my wife and I work until 6, we have dinner and we are just too tired at the end of the day to attend a 1.5 hour training.” Other parents are just suffering from the ‘NMK syndrome” (not my kid).
We have developed the solution by bringing the education and empowerment of parents to be in their child’s technology right into the home of the parent. We are now going to use Citrix Go To Training. We tested this initiative at the Junior High School level being Crone and Scullen in Naperville. We had the principal send out the invite on a Monday night to all parents. We filled 200 seats in three days. For next school year the schools are going to offer 5 points extra credit for student who parents register and attend. How amazing is that!!!!
On the night of the presentation, the awesomeness of Go To Training allowed 150 of the 200 parents who actually joined us to ask questions by electronically raising their hands or text and instant message me or the SRO. Families were able to see me and the SRO on my Video Cam and see my Power Point slides across their computer screen. What more do you need?
We covered proper instant messaging, Sexting, Sextortion, Cyber Bullying, Gaming platforms, Sexual Predators, Financial Predators and the proper monitoring software for Android, IPhone and Computers. What to do if something happens to your child empowers parents to know how to be involved in their child’s technology.
All in all the feedback was overwhelming. Parents had texted and emailed me after the event saying it was “Fantastic to have my entire family watch it together on our TV”, “This was an amazing event.” “My eyes are now opened as to the dangers of applications on my daughters cell phone like KIK.”
That is not all….we were able to record the session right in Citrix and post it on the schools website and leave it up for parents who missed it for two weeks. Citrix allowed us to post downloads of free software to everyone who registered.
Educators, if we can reach and empower parents in the comforts of their own homes using this technology, we can do this all over the United States. Contact me anytime if you are interested in doing this Webinar of “Keeping our Kids Safe on their devices and Gaming Platforms.” Not only that, we can even do DARE2KNOW where we dare parents to know what, if any, drugs their child is doing and get them the help they need.
It does not matter where you are now with this new technology. Yes,we can do it in Spanish too!!! We can deliver this message and empower parents across the country and possibly all over the world!!!