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Since the Internet is playing a huge role in most everything we do today, it is vitally important to understand how to stay safe online. Going further, children and young adults are immersed in technology these days and there are things they must know now to keep safe; plus, they will do much better throughout their lives if they continue to be aware of security concerns and subsequently learn how to stay safe online. In this workshop, learn tips and best practices to keep you and your kids’ digital lives secure, specifically:

o Understand the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) and other Internet safety laws.
o Teach kids about the importance of privacy and how to secure their apps and online accounts.
o Avoid identity theft, Internet scams, malware, phishing, and other malicious attacks.
o Develop a toolkit to help monitor how kids access content online.
o Explore educational apps and learn best practices in limiting screen time

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Original broadcast October 3, 2018


Biography ~ Chad Mairn

Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum (https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E).

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. Chad also plays drums in two bands, Fowler’s Bluff and Low Season, and he also organizes Pinellas Comic and Maker Con, which is held each year at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus.