Google. Blogs. MySpace. IM's. Surfing. Trolls. It's a whole new vocabulary - the vocabulary of the Worldwide Web and the Internet Generation. The Internet is a wonderful tool for research and education. It's also home to dangers today's parents might never have imagined. Being less than fully aware of the images, ideas, and people that this online world can put in front of a child at a single keystroke is not an option for responsible parents.
On Sunday, May 21, First Baptist Church of Thomson will offer a seminar for parents who are trying to understand the cyberspace world that children may already know intimately. "Google, and MySpace, and Blogs, Oh My!" will be held at 4:30 p.m. in The Warehouse, the student ministry building located on Borders Street behind the main church buildings. David Lambert, FBC's Minister of Students, will lead the seminar, which is free.
The seminar will offer parents advice on how to ensure that their children have a safe and positive experience online. While the focus will be on the Internet, there will also be discussion of other forms of media and their influence on today's youth.
Rev. Lambert commented that some teens actually seek out the riskier elements of the web.
"They're looking for excitement," he said, "for new ways to entertain themselves. Younger children often stumble into some of these frightening situations without even realizing what they're doing.
"There's usually a common element in both situations," Rev. Lambert said. "That common denominator is parents who don't know exactly what their children are doing when they sit down in front of the computer. Information and education can change that. That's what we hope this seminar will do - inform and educate."
For more information, contact Rev. Lambert at 706-595-4252. No registration is required.