Welcome back to another year with Fortress YDC! We are so happy to have our kiddos back after the Christmas break and we just know 2015 is going to be a great year! To get the year started off right, Fortress hosted an Internet Safety Class for parents on January 15, 2015.
Have you ever thought about how websites like Facebook and Instagram make money without charging users for their services? This was one of the many thought-provoking questions raised by Mr. Chris Robey from Teen Lifeline, Inc. Chris presented an internet safety class to a handful of Fortress parents and covered topics including text message lingo and whether your Snapchat photo is really deleted forever (hint: it’s not!). While parents listened to Chris’s informative presentation, they also enjoyed a taco and nacho bar prepared and served by volunteers from the Junior League of Fort Worth. Following the presentation, these volunteers sat down with the parents to discuss the issues Chris raised. One parent offered that her two-year old even knows how to access YouTube on a smartphone! Chris used the invention of flight to highlight how new technologies are developing faster and faster. While many of the parents and volunteers could remember their first experiences with computers and cell phones (and pagers!), our children will grow up never knowing anything but tablets and smartphones and whatever new technology is waiting just around the corner. Given the quality of the discussions, we think it’s safe to say that those in attendance went home with a new or renewed perspective on monitoring their kids’ use of technology and internet access, a wonderful way to start the new year on the right foot.