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Cyber-Safety and Social Media Risks — What Every Family Needs to Know
Lake Washington School District and PTSA Cosponsor Cyber-Safety Seminars
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Redmond, Wash. – With the proliferation of smart phones and the growth of social media, everyone is connected, especially young people. Yet those same young people may not recognize the risks they face electronically, from predators to bullies to bad decisions that can haunt them for years. Parents can help their students understand these risks but may not know how to talk to them about it.

In a parent education program sponsored by the Lake Washington PTSA Council and Lake Washington School District, Seattle attorney Charles Leitch will help parents understand the risks and how to approach their children about these issues. These cyber-safety seminars will be held during January and February at district high schools.

Leitch will lead PTSA members in a guided conversation and presentation to help parents understand how to protect their children in what is an increasingly connected world through phones, mobile devices and online social media.  The seminar will help parents approach the use of technology with their children so they can help their children understand the risks of electronic activity. Leitch will also address the role of schools and the legal limits they currently face.

“Cyber-bullying and related risks in the use of social media and technology is an important topic among our Lake Washington families. We want to provide parents with the tools they need to better understand how to help children who engage in these connected spaces,” said Dr. Ken Lyon, Lake Washington School District harassment, intimidation and bullying compliance officer. “We are fortunate to have a dynamic presenter in Charles Leitch, whose expertise in this challenging area for families is invaluable,” he added.

Leitch will provide a compelling lecture and review of the subject followed by a 30-minute Q& A at the seminars. The cyber-bullying seminars will be offered 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. on four dates as listed below:

January 10                            Juanita High School Theater
Thursday                               10601 NE 132nd St., Kirkland
                               
January 14                            Redmond High School Cafeteria
Monday                                 17272 NE 104th St., Redmond
                               
January 23                            Lake Washington High School Theater
Wednesday                          12033 NE 80th St., Kirkland
 
February 21                          Eastlake High School Theater
Thursday                               400 228th NE, Sammamish
 
For more information, please contact the Lake Washington School District PTSA office at 425-936-1215 or programs@lwptsa.net.
 
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About Charles Leitch
Charles Leitch is a Founding Principal of Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch, Inc., P.S., a regional law firm with offices in Seattle and Portland. His active practice focuses on work with School Districts, Public Entities, and private employers. In addition to his practice, Mr. Leitch provides guidance, trainings and orientations on technology supervision, social networking, cyberbullying, and exploitation prevention nationally and internationally. These lively events routinely include specific presentation formats for teenagers and parents.
 
About Lake Washington
Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the sixth largest district in the state of Washington, with over 25,000 students in 51 schools.
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