Adelaide's Mason College has launched a new course to teach parents how to help their children enjoy online activities without fear of predators or reputation damage.
The course responds to a disturbing increase in the number of incidents that have been reported in the media concerning young people and their use of social media.
These range from the notorious publishing of pictures of nude AFL stars, through to paedophiles using the networks to lure children. All can cause long-term damage in terms of reputation and emotional wellbeing.
All of these incidents strike fear in a parent's heart, says the social media course designer, Simone Douglas.
Simone is a mother of two (aged 3 and 9 months) and the manager of Adelaide RTO Mason College.
She says that the growing popularity of social networking is attracting hackers, spammers, virus writers, identity thieves and other criminals, including sexual predators.
"Holiday time is a prime time for predators to act, while kids spend more time in front of their computers," she says.
“As parents we need to know which websites our children are visiting, and understand how to access and use the tools to keep them safe."
“There are millions of search results, but nothing that is clear and useful for parents,” says Simone.
Simone designed the course for time poor parents to be comprehensive and hands on, yet take no more than four hours from their busy lives.
“Parents can walk away knowing how to navigate the applications and with the tools and resources they need to teach their children solid protective behaviours around their use of the internet in general and social media in particular.”
Simone believes that both parents and grandparents who care for children have a responsibility to have an understanding of social networking sites and their privacy and security issues."The courses teach parents and grandparents how to access the internet and how to use the applications that the kids are using," she says.
Mason College Social Media Safety Course
Mason College provides training about safe use of the internet. Mason College spent six months developing a course that walks you through this maze step by step and leaves you better prepared to help your children or grandchildren navigate social media in a way that ensures it remains a safe and enjoyable means of keeping in touch with friends and family.
What you will learn:
• Help setting up a Facebook Page, Twitter, You Tube and Skype Account
• Covering off Live Chat applications such as Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger
• How to link these applications to your smart phone if you have one
• Tips to help your children navigate Social Media safely
• Resources to help you educate your children and yourselves
Why the Mason College Social Media course is different:
Mason College’s course has been developed in conjunction with psychologists and mental health professionals to ensure that you have relevant information on the behaviours and communication you need to watch out for in order to keep your children safe.
This is a hands on course where you navigate and use the applications. Not only does this teach you solid internet safety principles but it opens a whole new world which you can use to relate to your children on their terms.
About Course Presenter Simone Douglas
Simone is a 35-year-old mother of two boys aged 3.5 years and 9 months. She is the RTO Manager at Mason College and a Transpersonal Counsellor who also offers Business Coaching and Mentoring.
She has over 13 years’ experience in Corporate Management and Consulting, specialising in Conflict Resolution, Effective Communication, Recruitment, Team Building, Change Management, Transpersonal Counselling and Trauma Resolution.
She has participated in groups in the areas of cognitive behavioural therapy, assertion training, culture change processes, negotiation skills and women’s issues.
She has also run programs in business planning, business management skills for life and creating the life you want.
Simone Douglas, Manager, Mason College
P: 08 8443 4737
M: 0411 166 320