Thursday sees a major conference in Newry designed to help parents support their children in the online and mobile environment. 

"Your Kids Online Reputation Matters (What Parents need to know)" is taking place in Bellinis in Newry this Thursday 21st of November from 2pm to 5pm. 

The conference also aims to help practitioners who work with children and young people within the health and social care environment cope with the ever expanding pressures and demands of communications in our digital world.

The brainchild of SDLP Councillor Connaire McGreevy the event has attracted a host of internationally known figures from the world of education and digital technology.

Councillor Connaire Mcgreevy was elected in 2011 and is the youngest councillor on Newry and Mourne Council. He has led the digital revolution in the council by campaigning for wifi, encouraging greater use of Facebook and twitter and pushing for technological advancements in the operation of council including open data. Connaire is a firm believer in the need to build awareness of the potential pitfalls of the digital world and in particular bullying and harassment that can occur online.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Emma Short a Chartered Psychologist and Senior research fellow based at the University of Bedfordshire. She is also Co-Director of the National Centre for Cyber Stalking Research and works with individuals who have suffered harassment in on-line situations.

One of Ireland’s and the UK’s leading authorities on Cyber Bullying, emerging technologies in social media and Online Reputation, Wayne Denner will be on hand to facilitate and answer questions from parents and practitioners concerned about mis-use of technology and to talk to young people from local schools about the limitless possibilities the internet has to offer for lifestyle and employability. 

Both Dr. Short and Wayne Denner are regular advisers to the Government and charitable bodies as well as working with both the broadcast and print media.

Media law expert Paul McDonnell, regarded as one of the leading figures in defamation and reputation management will also contribute to the conference on social media and current and emerging legislation.

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2pm Registration and Networking

2.30 Connaire Mcgreevy Cllr:- Introduction

2.45 Dr Emma Short:- Cyberstalking, Cyberbullying and Harassment 

3.20 Wayne Denner:- Online Reputation Matters

3.50 Paul McDonnell:- Social Media and The Law

4.15 Break

4.30 Audience and Panel:- Discussion facilitated by Wayne Denner

Open to Floor:- Young People, Parents, Educators, Practitioners

Key themes:- Reputation, Emerging Technologies, Privacy, Unwanted Attention. 

4.45 Connaire Mcgreevy:- Closing Remarks.

5pm Close.

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