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Free internet safety symposium to raise parental awareness

Pandora : 02 September, 2009  (Company News)
Internet safety is high on the agenda as children return to school after the summer break and to maintain parental awareness, PC Pandora is running a series of Internet Safety Symposia free for parents, schools and police
Free internet safety symposium to raise parental awareness
It's September and that means back to school for kids across the country. And with Internet safety and cyberbullying at the top of the list of today's parenting concerns, Pandora Corp., makers of PC Pandora computer monitoring software, is encouraging parents to head 'back to school' as well.

Created in association with nationally recognized child advocate, Maureen Flatley, and her team at Flatley McNeil and Associates, the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium is available to anyone in need of materials to educate parents and discuss online safety in their local community.

'Right now is the perfect time for educators to get parents together and put this issue on the table,' says Flatley. 'Not only do kids have an excuse to be on the computer all the time again - for schoolwork - but we are going to see a new wave of children using the internet for the first time.'

Internet safety remains a top concern, and rightly so. With seemingly no restrictions, we let our children use a machine that connects them to the entire world - and, more importantly, connects the entire world to them. From Internet predators to thieves and cyberbullies to illegal downloads to kids themselves doing naïve-but-dangerous things like 'sexting,' the dangers associated with the Internet are many and they are REAL!

But, as many teachers now post homework online, encourage online research and require properly typed homework, parents will have no choice but to grant their kids time on the computer. Pandora wants parents to think twice before allowing their children to use the internet without monitoring what they are doing, as unsupervised time can quickly turn to mischief.

'At the very least, instead of doing research for a report, they may be updating their Facebook pages,' says Pandora Co-Founder, Jamie Leasure. 'At the very worst, they could be involved in cyberbullying - as victim or bully - or in the process of being 'groomed' by an Internet predator.'

The PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium is an informative and customizable 90-minute safety seminar that analyzes the common threats children and families face online every day. The symposium covers cyberbullying, Internet predators, social networking, peer-to-peer file sharing and more, as well as solutions that will help any 21st century parent. The complete package consists of a full PowerPoint presentation, read-along script, 6-page parent hand-out for distribution, and marketing materials.

'The first step in achieving a safer global internet is education and awareness for families and the people who serve kids, especially our local educators.' says Leasure. 'We've taken the time and devoted the resources to creating a simple-but-thorough PowerPoint presentation, so busy professionals, parents, educators and community groups have the ability to download and provide simple, straightforward information to groups quickly. We are thrilled to be able to offer this resource to communities and organizations that need help.'

The materials cost nothing and are free for anyone to download and utilize, but there is an extra incentive that Pandora Corp. is hoping will be a driving force. While they aren't the first to offer Internet safety materials for educational use, they are the first to offer a fundraising partnership incentive.

Pandora is providing the opportunity for local community groups to hold PD Pandora Internet Safety meetings. By promoting the company's well-reviewed computer monitoring software, PC Pandora, now in its 6th iteration, organizations and communities can raise funds for their own ventures. This makes the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium not only educational for parents, but beneficial for the organizations hosting symposiums.

'Any organization that registers for a PD Pandora kit will be given the option to use the symposium as a fundraiser,' explains Leasure. 'Help us spread the benefits of PC Pandora, and we'll send a substantial portion of money raised right back to where it matters most - your community.'

A copy of the PC Pandora computer monitoring software is included in the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium kit.

So, if you are ready to talk Internet safety in your community and need materials, or if you are in need of a fundraising vehicle - and are tired of selling candy bars and magazines from a flyer - take a look at what the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium has to offer. It's the easiest way to make the 2009-2010 school year a safer year for kids on the internet, while giving back to your school or community at the same time.

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