Thursday, March 26, 2015

South Glens Falls: Parent University Event Examines Social Media

South Glens Falls Central Schools 

The Community Coalition for Family Wellness (CCFW) recently held its latest Parent University program at South Glens Falls High School.

The coalition featured Chris Vollum, a recognized educator on various social media platforms who has presented to more than 300,000 students in school districts throughout the United States and Canada. Vollum is passionate about the remarkable potential of social media, and his presentations illustrate the how-tos and whys of the world’s most prominent social sites and apps including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Vine, Snapchat, Tumblr and ASK.FM. He believes parents can best help their children navigate social media using a positive, hands-on approach. Through relatable and realistic exercises, his participants develop practical skills to minimize the risk of bullying, cyberbullying and loss of reputation as well as identifying opportunities and platforms with which to build their reputation. 

“We know our students are using social media every day,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton.  “As a district, along with the Community Coalition for Family Wellness, we want to educate our students and their families about the best practices for keeping our kids safe.  We want them to learn the ways that their digital footprint is an important part of their life and future.”
According to Donna Nichols, executive director of the Moreau Community Center and a founding member of the Community Coalition for Family Wellness, “The coalition addresses pertinent issues that can be applied to today’s challenges, both for kids and their parents. Social media is certainly one of these pervasive issues.”

Jenn Wood, coordinator for the coalition, said, “Many of the points Chris makes in his presentation also apply to handling other situations that teens may find themselves a part of, including the choice to use or not use alcohol and other drugs. His message is aligned with our coalition’s mission.” 

The Parent University program is designed to provide knowledge and skills essential for 21st century parents. This is the third of three events the coalition committed to organizing during the 2014-15 school year to provide families with resources, education and activities that promote safety, health and wellness.   

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 sgf community coalition for family wellness

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