Free Social Media Safety Course for Parents Offered Oct. 4
Residents are invited to participate in the free UM Communiversity class, "Social Media: Is Your Child Safe" taking place on Oct. 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Lamar Hall. The class is part of the "Child Safety Series," of courses offered by the program this fall on the Oxford campus.
OXFORD—The University of Mississippi Communiversity program is offering a free course to local residents who are interested in understanding more about keeping their children or grandchildren safe on social media.
“We have had a lot of people asking questions about the different social media platforms and how their children could be affected,” UM Assistant Director of Marketing Vanessa Cook said.
“In this class, we will share with you some strategies for deterring bullies and internet predators as well as suggestions on how to educate children and monitor the online activity of minors.”
Cook’s class “Social Media: Is Your Child Safe?” will be taught on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Lamar Hall Room 207. The course is free, but participants are asked to register to reserve their spot.
New this semester, UM’s Crime Prevention Coordinator Jeff Kellum will offer “Personal Safety” to share intellectual and physical components for staying safe. The class will meet on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., and the cost is $10.
Participants will discover the early warning signs of danger, ways to use their voices and body language to prevent harm, and simple, effective physical skills to disable an attacker long enough to escape. Individuals and families are invited to attend.
If your teenager would like to help care for other children, the “Safe Sitter Essentials for Kids Ages 11-14” course will prepare them with life-saving skills and the confidence to handle any situation that may arise while babysitting.
“This course will help future babysitters to feel comfortable and prepared in a variety of situations that may occur when caring for a child,” Mary Leach, UM Director of Non-Credit Programming and Safe Sitter course instructor said.
The workshop will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The cost is $65.
“CPR and First-Aid Training” is one of Communiversity’s most popular classes. New parents, health care assistants, childcare workers, church staffs, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and entire University departments have learned to save lives by enrolling in this course.
“CPR and First-Aid Training” will meet on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. The cost is $75, which includes materials and American Red Cross Certification.
“The classes in this series include some of our most popular offerings that community members continue to recommend to their friends and family,” UM Communiversity Coordinator Sandra Sulton said.