Adults can get tips on kids’ smartphone use at Latrobe church

September 25, 2018

Latrobe Presbyterian Church will be the site for a free training session meant to give adults the know-how needed to oversee their children’s use of smartphones.

Ryan Klingensmith, a professional counselor, will present “Creating Responsible Kids on Smartphones” at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the church at 428 Main St., Latrobe.

The program will include information on categories of social networking that parents, grandparents and guardians should know. Klingensmith will touch on such social media sites and apps as Instagram, Sarahah, VSCO, Tumblr, Kik and Snapchat while discussing related youth culture and mental health practices.

Topics will include image boards, texting/sexting, video chatting, blogs, online predators, spreading of gossip and rumors, eating disorders, self-harm and suicide.

Online information can be helpful for teens and ’tweens, but it can also “lead to concerning behaviors if parents and counselors don’t have the knowledge to teach young people how to behave responsibly in this new cyber-playground,” a press release for the program noted.

A graduate of Penn State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Klingensmith has provided outpatient mental health therapy for young people and has worked with at-risk students in middle schools and high schools. He previously worked for residential treatment facilities, teen shelters and group homes for children and teens with mental health disorders.

Registration for the session is required by calling the church at 724-537-3631.

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