Psychological trauma,Keynote,Internet safety

‘Your kids want to listen to you’

January 27, 2017
in Kids

VIRGINIA — An atmosphere of nervous excitement filled the Parkview Learning Center cafeteria Wednesday night as parents, teachers, and community members gathered for the first Parent Summit. The Parent Summit was an event put on by the Virginia School District and was open to community members from across the Range. The purpose of the Parent Summit was to stimulate community involvement in the health and safety of area youth. “This is the first summit so I want to see what they have to offer,” said one mom when asked why she decided to attend the event. “I don’t know much about the Internet and I want to know what my kids could be doing.” The two and one half hour event started with a keynote speaker. Two breakout sessions followed and attendees were able to learn about drugs, youth mental health, and college preparedness. “I have twin girls in the 10th grade,” said one dad. “I came to see what we need to do to be ready for college.” Virginia High School counselors discussed how parents can help students get ready for college. “I came to learn how about mental health,” said another dad, “and how to keep my kids off drugs.” Presenters from both Range Mental Health and the Arrowhead Center were on hand. Sgt. Jon Benz from the Virginia Police Department was the keynote speaker on the topic of social media and Internet safety. Benz discussed what kids do on the Internet and what parents...

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