BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 9, 2012 -VBI Graduate and Post-Graduate Education Program Manager, Kristy Collins, PhD, advises kids' panel on KidTalk.

When it comes to sharing information with kids, Kristy Collins, Ph.D., presents information that is both comprehensive and immediate for ages K-12.  Recently asked to appear as a Kids’ Tech University expert on the Wavy-TV 10 show, KidTalk, Kristy advised the shows’ host and a panel of  kids encouraging them to think, talk, learn, share, and express ideas about gadgets, computers, and how much time they spend online. The show aired December 10, 2011.

The group of kids – sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Nansemond River High School – talked about the show’s topic Tech Safety. From a group who acquired their first gadgets and accesses around 6th grade, the answers to how they use their tech gadgets were not surprising; most cited texting, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, homework, and surfing topics of interest.

Collins advised the audience on best safety practices such as parents and children jointly reading about gadget capabilities and online privacy settings. She stressed the importance of update awareness for online accounts and urged, “If it’s not something you would say face to face, then it may be best not to send that information … you still have to interact with that person the next day.”

Collins encouraged the use of common sense as this group of kids looks toward graduation in that potential hiring managers will be looking at how individuals are managing their visibility.


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Traci Roberts

Published by Traci Roberts, January 09, 2012