Teen #sextortion #dangers part of #Monday #parent #summit

A significant increase in depression and suicide in teens over the past five years has been linked to social media and online activities.

That’s one of the reasons behind the parent summit scheduled on Monday to educate area parents on pornography and sextortion at Dayton Christian School.

Dangers lurk behind every click. Teens are easily exposed to pornography and can fall prey to sextortion. Multiple social media sites open kids up to online bullying. How can parents provide access to the internet and electronic devices in a safe and meaningful fashion?

This summit will address current trends in teen use of electronics, and their risk of exposure to sextortion, pornography, and online predators and bullying. This is a must for any parent of students who own a phone, i-pod, i-pad, tablet, or play on a gaming system.

The summit is part of a series being held during the school year to help inform and equip parents on subjects that have an effect on their children and in their home. Other topics that will be covered throughout the year include media wars and pornography, sex education, and bullying and suicide prevention.

“Young children and teens are facing increasingly complex issues at earlier ages. Helping kids navigate through them can be overwhelming for parents,” said Katie Reynolds, director of guidance and assistant principal at Dayton Christian High School. “We want to come alongside them, equip them and encourage them in the extremely important and sometimes difficult task of parenting.”

The summit is open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. at Dayton Christian School, 9391 Washington Church Road in Miamisburg. No registration is required. More information can be found by going to the school’s Facebook page.

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