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Canadian parents are struggling to keep up with social media changes. No other generation has had to deal with things like Facebook bullying, being targeted by thieves for posting about an upcoming vacation, or losing their job over a tweet.

Society has drawn a zero-tolerance line and a half-baked 140-character rant can have a school locked down and your teen thrown in jail. A photo posted online could cost you or your teen a job opportunity two or even ten years in the future, and you will never know why you weren't even interviewed. The lines between work and home and school are blurring farther every day. How do we parent in this digital age?

Ryan Richardson draws upon over twenty years of experience as a lawyer, university and college teacher, and traditional and social media marketer to create Media Safe Workshops for businesses, churches, schools, youth groups, parents, and teachers. Through 60 and 90 minute workshops, Richardson provides peace of mind in a dangerous digital age. Church and youth group workshops also address how Christian morality and faith should shape online activity.

As a member of the Mission and Outreach committee at Banwell Community Church, Richardson understands the value of events that will attract both church members and their next door neighbours. Many parents share the same concerns about social media.

"I'm not anti-technology. I'm pro-balance, pro-moderation. I want to help parents understand why social media is appealing to kids, and help them start the conversation at home," says Richardson. "We take parents from scared to aware, and teach teens to think hard about the consequences of their online actions."

George Bergen of UE Enclosures in Leamington says: "The Media Safe Workshop was a very informative and empowering experience for both parents and young adults; I would strongly recommend this for other workplaces as well as churches, youth groups and schools."

According to Dr. Tarmo Poldmaa, the Vice Principal at Michipicoten High School in Wawa, Ontario; "The Media Safe Workshop presentation was both timely and effective. Students were made aware in an interactive way, and it challenged them to really think about what they do on social media and how it can impact their lives, not only in the moment, but into their future."

Pastor Brian & Lynn Danter at the Windsor Christian Fellowship Church in Windsor added; "The Workshop helped parents feel confident about setting boundaries while embracing the benefits of current media. We also gained a better understanding of each type of media, and left feeling empowered and supported."

For more information visit www.BeMediaSafe.com.






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