Do you know what your child is doing online? The HumanKind Movement presents a social media workshop for parents at Two Story Coffeehouse at Five Points in the Tree Room on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. The workshop focuses to educate parents on how they can become more involved in their children’s social media use.
Leaders of The HumanKind Movement, a UGA student-led movement that aims to foster acceptance among Athens-Clarke County youth ages 10-19, will share research on cyberbullying and demonstrate how to use various social media sites to encourage parents to take an active role in their children’s online interactions.
“Bullying isn’t something that only takes place during traditional school hours, today it happens around the clock through the misuse of technology and social media,” says Andrea Weckerle, founder of CiviliNation and author of the book “Civility in the Digital Age: How Companies and People Can Triumph over Haters, Trolls, Bullies and Other Jerks.”
“Parents don’t only need to be aware of the risks their kids face online from others, but also the dangers that children and teens place themselves in when they overshare online, whether that’s by talking about highly personal things, posting photos that can be passed along without permission, or sexting. What happens online can have permanent negative effects on their children’s reputations and futures. That’s why parents should take an active role in educating their children - and themselves - about safe and responsible Internet use.”
The HumanKind Movement promotes kindness and acceptance among Athens-Clarke County youth and University of Georgia students both face-to-face and online by helping them relate to their peers and utilize their resources.
For more information on how to join the movement and be the good in seven billion, visit humankindath.com or facebook.com/humankindath.