'Cyber citizenship' class geared to parents

Class will help parents take charge of Internet technology in the home
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Handing children Internet access is like handing them keys to the car, says Joanna Jullien. Do we truly understand the consequences? Three years ago, Jullien launched “Banana Moments,” an online quarterly newsletter geared toward helping parents and educators navigate what she calls an increasingly “cyber-powered network culture.” Banana Moments in partnership with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department will host a “Cyber Citizenship 101 for Parents” class Nov. 16 at Cavitt Junior High School in Granite Bay. All parents in the Eureka Union School District are invited to attend. “The aim of this class offering is to help inform and inspire parents to take charge of the network technology in their homes to help children be more secure and focused,” Jullien said. During the class, she will address the purpose-driven perspective, which refers to people using the Internet purposefully without becoming distracted or manipulated. She will talk about self-governance and instilling a sense of responsibility in all members of the household to use cyber technology wisely and with respect for themselves and others. The class will also address methods for establishing rules and guidelines for Internet use, and cyber limits and the law. Additionally, parents who have not yet purchased “Smart Money” subscriptions to Banana Moments quarterly can do so at this event. Through the Smart Money fundraiser program, every $10 subscription to the newsletter earns $5 for a local school, booster club or athletic activities. The program has already raised a total of $1,100 for two local schools this year. ~ Sena Christian ---------- What: Cyber Citizenship 101 for Parents When: 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 16 Where: Cavitt Junior High School, 7200 Fuller Drive in Granite Bay Cost: Free, open to all parents in the Eureka Union School District Info: To reserve a seat, e-mail Parents in other school districts interested in scheduling a class for their school or community can contact Joanna Jullien at the above e-mail address.