Cyber Speaker Series

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Guest Speaker Katie Koestner to Talk about Best Ways to Guide Our Children Through the Online World

Audience:  Parents of Children from Age 3 to 18
When:  Tuesday, December 19th at 6:30 p.m.

When should children have their own cell phone, email account, iPad, PS4 and other tech treats?  What are parental control options for these devices?  Should you be concerned a slumber party will be hosted on YouTube by one of your child’s friends?  Can online photos and videos of your children compromise your family’s safety and privacy?


What are the best apps and games for children, and what are the most addictive?  Understand how web-companies keep our children online and what tactics are used to sell their products.  Learn more about today’s gaming world and gaming devices.  Consider how your child’s use of technology at age 11 may impact their college and employment options years later.  Know more about types of cyber-bullying, fomenting cyber-resiliency and positive cyber-socializing for young people. 


No matter your personal technology comfort level, this program will keep you updated and in control of technology.  This is a fun, informative program on everything parents need to know about cutting-edge technologies. Participants are led through a tour of essentials while we discuss their risks of use for children and teens. In exploring the technologies that have grown up alongside their children, participants will better understand how to protect them from possible addictions and exploitations.  


This program, with renowned national speaker Katie Koestner, is a crash course on everything a parent needs to know about the troublesome world of the Internet.  New, popular technologies have revolutionized youth social scenes in ways we are only beginning to understand.  Unfortunately, many parents have been left behind, unaware of the dangers offered by these new tools.  Cyber Smarts will help parents better understand their children’s lives, as well as how to better protect them online. 


Presenter Bio-Sketch for Katie Koestner:

Ms. Koestner has lectured at over 3500 schools in North American, including about 1000 independent schools over the last 15 years.  She has appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine, on Oprah, CNN, MTV, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Later Today, Entertainment Tonight, is the subject of an HBO Movie, as well as dozens of other national news programs.  The US Ambassador to India has invited Ms. Koestner to lecture for 19 days in India, and the US Department of Defense has had Ms. Koestner train their top 200 officers. 

Katie’s quick wit, humor and captivating delivering keep her audiences glued to every word!  On the topic of Cyber-Safety and Cyber-Smarts, Ms. Koestner’s witty, fast-paced program, packed with all the essential “nooks and crannies” of information that truly get students re-thinking their assumptions and use of technology, is in high demand.  She has presented to hundreds of top schools in North America, including Rye Country Day, Masters School, Dalton, Collegiate, Groton, Hotchkiss, Westminster, Berkshire, Greenwich Academy, Germantown Academy, Flint Hill, Salisbury, Pomfret, Governor's Academy, The Hill School, VA Episcopal School, Harker School, Phillips Andover, Phillips Exeter, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, and many more.