PARENTS and children in Leigh were given the chance to quiz one of Facebook’s leading figures.
Nicky Jackson Colaco, from Facebook’s online safety team, travelled from America to visit Bedford High School, in Leigh, for a one-off event about online safety and education.
Nicky took part in a question and answer session to help parents better understand the social networking site and feel more comfortable talking to their child about safety and technology.
The tour coincides with the launch of Facebook for Educators, a resource that has been written by safety experts along with teachers across the world. It aims to help teachers make the most out of social media in the classroom and to help parents educate their children about staying safe online.
Nicky Jackson Colaco, from Facebook’s safety team, said: “We are passionate about making sure we can all play our part in keeping young people safe online. I am a parent myself and I know what it is like to feel bombarded by information. This session is a chance to put parents at ease, to answer their questions and to reassure them about the small things they can do to make a big difference.”
Leigh MP Andy Burnham said: “Young people today live an increasingly digital life so it’s important for parents like me not to be scared of technology but to use it to their advantage to communicate with their kids.
“Tonight’s session with Facebook is designed to get parents thinking and talking about online safety so we can all ensure that we equip young people with the right skills to survive in the digital world.”
Headteacher Stephen Preston said: “We are delighted to host tonight’s online safety session with Facebook. Bedford High School recognises that in today’s world online safety is an important life lesson that, whether at school or at home, we can all help teach the next generation.”
National Parent Teacher Association Adviser Karen Wood said: “Online safety is a shared responsibility and it’s important that as parents we work in partnership with schools to make our children internet safety aware.
“Tonight’s session is a unique opportunity for parents to quiz one of Facebook’s safety experts so we can all work together to keep safe online and off.”
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/safety