Free EdLion Seminars

This free session provides an overview of useful safety techniques for parents and educators of young children.
by Joe Savrock (October 2007)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Two new free seminars are available to current students, alumni, and members of the University community through EdLion.

The first seminar, “Improving Parent Teacher Communications,” features Dr. Bernard Badiali, associate professor of education in the College of Education, and Ms. Mardi McDonough, a State College Area School and Professional Development Associate. It is scheduled for Monday, October 29, 2007 (Revised date), from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. ET.

On Thursday, Nov. 29, from 
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm ET, EdLion offers “Internet Safety for Children.” Presenters include Ms. Iris Beckwith, vice president of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, and Dr. Kyle Peck, associate dean for outreach, technology, and international programs for the College of Education. This session provides an overview of useful safety techniques for parents and educators of young children.

The Keep Safe Coalition group teaches basic rules on Internet safety to children, parents, and educators. Studies show that one in five youth using the Internet receive an online sexual solicitation in a one-year period, and 29 percent of children will freely give out their home address if asked. Visit the Coalition’s Web site at www.ikeepsafe.org for more details.

This is the second time that the Internet Keep Safe Coalition was the topic of an EdLion session. The previous session, held last April, was well "attended" by online guests.

EdLion offers free online interactive seminars designed to provide educators ongoing preparation and support throughout their teaching profession. EdLion sessions have been approved for ACT 48 credit, and forms will be available online following the session.

To RSVP and submit topic questions, visit edlion.ed.psu.edu/participate.cfm.