WILTON, Conn. – Whether it’s Instagram, Foursquare, Twitter or text messaging, Wilton parents who want to know more about what’s online and how their children work with it can get some lessons at a community forum on Thursday.
The Cider Mill School Parent-Teacher Association will host the forum called “Gaming, Texting, Cell Phones, Instagram, Social Media, Etc.” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cider Mill Cafeteria.
Cider Mill Assistant Principal Catherine O’Keefe said Wilton parents wanted to have the discussion at the elementary school so they can be more informed about sites, games and applications that are available.
O’Keefe said the discussion is not so much about alarming parents. “It’s truly educational, and what you need to know about the digital world that’s out there,” she said.
Included in the discussion will be Wilton Police school resource officer Rich Ross, Assistant State’s Attorney Rich Colangelo Sr. and Wilton Schools Technology Director Matt Hepfer.
Similar forums have been held at Wilton High School, Middlebrook School and Wilton Library. While there are not as many concerns about students’ online activity at Cider Mill, O’Keefe said more children are getting smartphones and tablets sooner or are reaching the age where they have more access to those devices and the games and apps included with them.
“If a parent isn’t a (tech-savvy) parent, they need to know what the latest games are,” she said. “There may be some things (parents) are not aware of.”
The conversation will be open to parents of student at all grade levels.