Presentation will get parents Cyber Smart

Parents can learn the tips and techniques needed to teach their kids how to use the Internet and social media safely and smartly at an event next week.

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is hosting an all-schools parent Cyber Smart presentation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the District Education Center.

The bilingual presentation ties in with what students are learning during Cyber Smart week, Monday through Oct. 26.

"We don't want parents to be fearful of technology. ... It's a wonderful tool," said district spokeswoman Laura Boss.

The presentation will cover safety and security, copyrights and respecting others' work, privacy and digital footprints, and especially how what students do now can impact them later in college and their careers, said Boss, who puts on Cyber Smart Week with Jenith Mishne, the district's director of educational technology.

Parents will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

The presentation focuses on common sense, and the district uses the aptly named Common Sense Media for its curriculum. The materials are available to parents on the district's website.

Boss said she hopes to have an honest conversation with parents as well as give them tools to communicate with their kids, so bringing children is discouraged.

RSVPs are also encouraged but not required.

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If You Go

What: Cyber Smart Week parent presentation

When: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Sanborn Assembly Room, District Education Center, 2985 Bear St.

RSVP: Matthew Jennings at

Info: Check out the Common Sense Media website at

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