Online safety talk for youth

Merlyn Horton will be presenting, Online Safety for Children and Youth, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 at Chilliwack secondary,

An online safety talk by Merlyn Horton is free of charge and starts at 7 p.m. at Chilliwack secondary on Nov. 1

The online world can be a nasty place.

Guest speaker Merlyn Horton will be presenting, Online Safety for Children and Youth, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 at Chilliwack secondary, offering tools, trends and tips.

Horton founded the Safe Online Outreach Society, and is considered a true innovator for blending a foundation of sexual health education, counselling, and adolescent development with a keen interest in technology.

She has harnessed today’s technology and studied how youth use it, and her presentation at the high school will be of interest to every parent, say organizers.

Horton started her career as a youth worker and street outreach pioneer, working with high-risk youth in residential and community settings. She has given workshops and lectures across Canada to more than 75,000 people. In 2007, she was the lead author on Bridging the Gap: Best Practices and Policies to Address the Online High Risk Activities of Youth in B.C. a template for an integrated response to internet issues.

The online safety talk is free of charge and starts at 7 p.m. at CSS on Nov. 3

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