Facebook to hold seminar for parents

By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Parents will have an opportunity tonight to learn more about how children communicate online.
Personnel from Facebook will conduct a seminar via the Internet on how to be safe in participating on the popular social networking site. The Facebook staff will provide specific information related to its site, but general information related to all social networking sites as well.
The seminar will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Clinton High School Auditorium, and can be viewed statewide via the Attorney General’s Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/n9x9Ri.
The event is sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Education and the Attorney General’s office.
In a news release, state Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham said, “The Mississippi Board of Education and MDE administration are committed to ensuring that the students of our state are safe and able to succeed in school. We are focused on preventing all types of bullying, including cyber bullying. These sessions are a good opportunity for parents to learn how social media works and how to effectively monitor their children online.”
Internet safety has been a prime focus for the state Attorney General’s office.
Attorney General Jim Hood said that as co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General Tech Committee he has encouraged Facebook “to help us educate parents how to monitor their children’s Internet activities. I look forward to working with Facebook to give parents and young people the ability to better prevent cyber bullying, threats and inappropriate solicitations online.”
Online safety information can be found at the AG’s website at www.agjimhood.com.
bobby.harrison@journalinc.com