Hollister Schools hosts Cyber Security Awareness Parent Night

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Hollister School News Release –
Debbie Redford dredford@hollisterschools.com

As a part of a month long effort to bring awareness to the challenges and hazards that exist in the cyber-world, the Hollister School District will host a FREE Cyber Security Awareness Parent Night, Thursday, February 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the High School commons.  The event will feature a documentary entitled “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age”  which was written, directed and produced by Delaney Ruston,  a medical doctor from Seattle, WA.  The film looks at solutions on how to raise successful youth in the face of a new screen society. Over 2 million people have attended public screenings in over 50 countries thus far. Parents, grandparents and guardians are encouraged to view this film along with their children to foster healthy communication around this vital topic.

David Milligan, Hollister’s District Technology Director, announced “The entire month of February will be Cyber Security Awareness Month with a specific cybersecurity topic each week. This first week is on general awareness of the potential threats that are all around us.”  According to Assistant Superintendent Dr. Sean Woods, “Schools are increasingly becoming the target of choice for hackers.”

With the growing use of technology by the current generation of students, parents are often looking for best practices in navigating healthy use of technology including cell phones, tablets, computers and gaming. Hollster School’s Parent Night featuring “Screenagers” presents an opportunity for families to  watch the documentary together and participate in a short discussion following the film. A follow-up event for families has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, during International Screen Free Week.  It will be led by Michael Prince, Hollister alumnus and founder of Because Family, an organization whose mission is “protecting children and teens by bridging the technology gap between kids and their parents.” Prince will a;sp help facilitate Thursday’s documentary discussion as well.

This Cyber Security event is the culmination of several months of planning by the Technology Department, school techbrarians, and Tiger Academy. There will be cybersecurity themed demonstrations by students from each building, refreshments and a drawing for some prizes including an Amazon Fire tablet, two ITunes gift cards and a $350 Sony sound bar donated by Best Buy. The public is invited with doors opening at 5:30 for the students’ displays and the movie beginning in the auditorium at 6:00. 

Although the documentary is appropriate for the entire family, free childcare will be available for pre-school through third grade. Parents desiring childcare need to call the Tiger Academy office at 417/243-4080 to register a child.