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Delgaudio Invites you to Sheriff's Courses for Sterling Parents on Modern Hazards Facing Teens

February 26, 2015

MONDAY 03/02/15 at 7PM
Dominion High School (Technology Safety)
21326 Augusta Drive
Sterling, VA

WEDNESDAY 03/04/15 at 7PM
Dominion High School (Mental Health and Today's Teens)
21326 Augusta Drive
Sterling, VA


Courses to Educate Parents on Teen Safety and Overall Well-Being when Using Today's Technology

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) announced today that they will begin a series of courses focusing on issues facing today's teens when it comes to the use of technology.

Over the past several years the agency has received local and national recognition for their work in promoting Internet Safety courses aimed at educating parents. The LCSO will continue their efforts in reaching out to parents with a two-part technology based course focusing on the modern hazards associated with the use of technological devices such as smart phones and tablets, including how it can impact an individual's mental health.

As part of the continuing advancement of the program, the LCSO has teamed up with the Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Services to provide additional information on current trends that are related to mental health and technology. "The everyday users of these technological devices are becoming younger and younger and they are becoming exposed to things that are difficult for them to comprehend," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. "These devices have allowed users to target our youth and victimize them not only physically but emotionally. It is important for parents to understand the dangers that are out there and how we as a community can protect our children," added Sheriff Chapman.

Part I of the course, called Technology Safety: What Parents Need to Know, will teach parents about the hazards that are faced each day by the youth who have made technological devices a must have part of their daily lives. This class will also provide parents advice on how to talk with their children about the dangers. Specific topics covered in this class will include Internet based technology trends, personal security, legal issues, new technology, gaming trends, crossover technology, influence and recruitment via technology, predator behavior and techniques, image sharing precautions, local statistics and cases, and findings from this year's youth based initiative, Technology Safety for Teens.

Part II of the course, called Mental Health and Today's Teens: What Parents Need to Know, will look at cyberbullying, sexting, risk taking behaviors, technology based peer pressure and influence, pros and cons of technology and other relevant topics. This program will also have mental health professionals from the Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Services presenting on several topics including Internet Addiction. They will discuss this diagnosis and how this addiction impacts individuals and the often unseen psychological costs involved. This program will also go into practical approaches to negotiate the problems associated with Internet Addiction and other technology related issues and where parents can find helpful resources and services.

Please be advised that these are PARENT ONLY CLASSES due to
GRAPHIC CONTENT.

03/02/15 at 7PM
Dominion High School (Technology Safety)
21326 Augusta Drive
Sterling, VA

03/04/15 at 7PM
Dominion High School (Mental Health and Today's Teens)
21326 Augusta Drive
Sterling, VA

Additional courses are being scheduled at this time at area schools. To learn more about upcoming classes and events held by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, please visit http://www.sheriff.loudoun.gov/lcsocalendar .

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