Social Media & Virtual Safety Presentation – March 12, 2019

Submitted by:
Jessica Lacasse

Val Caldwell Presentation
Social Media
bVirtual Safety

Evening Parent Session
March 12, 2019
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Media Resource Centre

Sponsored by Swan Valley Committee for the Elimination of Child Abuse & Swan Valley School Division

The parent night is a 2 hour presentation that will provide participants with an overview of sexual exploitation and (more specifically) how the usage of technology (smart phones, the internet) plays a role in this issue.  It informs parents, care providers and helpers about what young people – and offenders – are accessing (facebook, snapchat, etc.), and will provide valuable information on how to protect kids from the hidden forms of child and youth sexual exploitation.

Val Caldwell has been providing presentations on the topic of safety around the use of technology for 10 years.  Her personal and professional passion is to provide current and relevant tools and information to children and adults to help them use their various forms of technology and Social Media as safely as possible.  Val address the various forms of hidden sexual exploitation that exists in the “virtual world”. 
Val has spoken to well over 17,000 children in grades 5-12 throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan as well as countless parents, caregivers, and professionals.   She draws her experience from her 9 years working as a Program Facilitator for CFS Western as well as being a busy Mum of 2 teenagers.  Val shares countless personal stories that involve a variety of social media related experiences.  Her open, dynamic, entertaining and extremely honest style of presenting resonates with audience of all ages.  It has been noted that she has the ability to take extremely difficult topics and discuss them in a way that puts everyone at ease. Her presentations have been well received and highly recommended for anyone who works with youth or has their own children as the information pertains to all users of technology. 

“Val’s presentations are hands-down THE best parent information sessions I have ever taken part in.   If you only do one thing this year to educate yourself as a parent, make sure this is it, you won’t regret it!”
(Parent Comment)