KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
January 12, 2020
By Natalie Cook Clark
This Wednesday, January 15, Katy ISD will host a free seminar on the ever-changing world of social media. The program is part of the district's Legacy Parent Academy. Each session covers important topics impacting Katy students and their families with experts leading the discussions and sharing valuable information.
Understanding a Growing Way of Life
Social media has become an important part of every day life, especially for the younger generation, affecting students of all ages. As students use social media more and more, it is increasingly important for parents to understand a digital footprint and how social media can impact their children now and in the future.
On Wednesday, January 15, Katy ISD will host their next Legacy Parent Academy at Legacy Stadium in the ABC rooms from 6 - 8 p.m. This month’s topic will cover social media and how to understand, monitor, and interact with this ever-growing medium.
This Legacy Parent Academy session is free and open to the public. The program will advise parents, students, and community members to better understand social media and use it in a positive and productive manner.
4 Billion People Use Social Media
It’s estimated that close to 4 billion people use social media and the average person has seven different accounts. Social media includes Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and more.
A Digital Footprint Reflects Online Activity
A digital footprint is the digital trail someone leaves behind based on their lifetime of internet activity. Simply searching someone online reveals their footprint and provides information about an their reputation. Many employers use social media to learn about potential employees.
Understanding the Good and the Bad
While social media can be a great place to connect, stay in touch with friends, and broaden a community, it also can be dangerous for the same reasons. Students, parents, and the community need to understand this growing source of communication and the threats of cyberbullying and online predators.
Free and Open to the Public
Katy ISD’s Legacy Parent Academy offers educational sessions that are free and open to the public. They are designed to provide information on current issues to help support Katy students.
A Spanish translator is available for anyone who attends an event. Sessions include experts on the topic discussed. The sessions are recorded, and topics from the last two years can be accessed online at their website.