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Prince George library offering programs on internet safety and screen fatigue

As children and teens spend more time connecting virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important that they have the tools and knowledge to make good choices. Parents and youth will have the opportunity to learn how to be good digital citizens and protect themselves online during a virtual program hosted by the Prince George Public Library tomorrow night.

Smart Choices Online will focus on privacy, online etiquette, internet safety and using the internet effectively. The program will take place on Zoom from 6:30 – 7:15pm. Participants do not need to register in advance.

“Virtual interactions and experiences have become more important than ever to people of all ages in the era of COVID-19, but it is important to have the skills to ensure these interactions happen safely and kindly for everyone,” said Larissa Clotildes, Library Assistant – Youth Services. “The program is open to ages  five to 19 years old, but we will be running it in two concurrent sessions. Once someone joins the Zoom call, they will be sorted into a breakout room based on their age.”

Next week, 10 to 18 year-olds are invited to learn how to relax and unwind as Teen Librarian Chris Knapp offers strategies for coping with internet fatigue. Focusing on the importance & benefits of positive mental health for youth, the session will explore fun and engaging meditative activities and movement techniques. Yoga mats are optional, but encouraged. Screens, Fatigue and Breaking Free will take place on Google Hangouts on Tuesday, November 17 from 7–8 p.m.

For more information and program platform details, visit www.pgpl.ca/events

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