Genesis Church event to address technology, families


By Rachel Dewitt

A common concern of many parents is their children’s safety while using technology. Younger generations are using the Internet and social media more than ever, and this presents a set of unique obstacles for concerned adults.

Carmel’s Genesis Church, 13200 Old Meridian St., will hold an event called Parent Success Night—Technology in the Home from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan 27. Connor Chalfant, the church’s student coordinator, said children spend far more time with their parents than anyone else, so it is vital that parents have the tools to keep their children safe when they use technology.

Jackie Johnston will speak at the event. She is a monitor for an app called Bark, which was created by a private watchdog group that works to keep kids safe online. Johnston plans to discuss warning signs of online bullying and safety and technology resources for parents.

Chalfant, who is coordinating the event, said communicating about technology is often difficult for families.

“We have found that every parent wants the best for their kids, but we know not every parent knows how or where to go to find the resources necessary to win at home,” Chalfant said.

The event is free and open to the public. Pizza will provided for adults, and childcare is offered for children in fifth grade and younger.