Eagle event to discuss kids and their use of smart phones
EAGLE — Parents with children who own smart phones and use social media are the target audience for the next Eat! Chat! Parent! free series offered by the Eagle River Youth Coalition. ERYC has gathered an expert panel to speak at Tuesday’s parenting event and answer your questions.
“The line has been forever blurred with regard to reality and cyber-communication,” said Katie Jarnot, principal at Eagle Valley Middle School. “The more savvy parents can be about their child’s tech world, the safer kids will be. The goal is to make sure healthy communication is practiced, but that’s hard when apps are foreign to parents and new, even craftier apps are coming out all the time.”
Jarnot will be joined by Brett Harper, the school resource and patrol officer for the Eagle Police Department, and Kayleen Schweitzer, school counselor at Eagle Valley Middle School. The format of Eat! Chat! Parent! begins with a free dinner and a chance to write down questions for the panel. Dinner is followed by the panel’s opening comments about technology and children and how parents can better understand their child’s use of smart phone and tablet apps. The second half of the evening is comprised of a Q-and-A format, which engages the attendees and creates an interactive setting.
“Local parents learned at last month’s Eat! Chat! Parent! panel discussion that it’s critical for a child to believe their parent is ‘on their ship,’” said Jason Peck, ERYC program director of the Eat! Chat! Parent! series. “Lurking over their shoulders is not the answer. Please come to this session to learn healthy monitoring techniques and how to stay in your child’s ship. We welcome all parents to be a part of this very real community conversation facing our youth.”
The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Valley Middle school in Eagle. Contact Peck at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-949-9250 to RSVP. Free child care, free dinner and live Spanish interpretation is provided. For more information about the Eat! Chat! Parent! series, visit http://www.eagleyouth.org.