UNM-LA Parenting Series Begins Second Run

Cyber Safety and Technology will kick off the six-class series on parenting Oct. 30. Courtesy/Bigstock

UNM-LA News:

The popular parenting class Raising Children in a Challenging World: A Series for Parents, is returning for it’s second run this Thursday, Oct. 30. The six-class series is a collaboration between the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB).

The series begins with Cyber Safety and Technology and will explore topics related to apps and social media, online safety, cyberbullying, tools and guidelines for using the Internet, and finally, how much technology is too much?

The presenters will be Angie Manfredi, Head of Youth Services at Mesa Public Library and Sgt. Daniel Roberts from the Los Alamos Police Department, who has specialized training in this area.

Kristine Coblentz, the program’s facilitator said, “As a parent, I felt relatively informed, but this presentation blew me away. It is not only the random Internet predator we need to be worried about, but also the way social media can be used even by people close to us, to coerce, to exclude, to intimidate, and to bully. We owe it to our kids to become aware of what’s out there and to help them stay safe and learn to navigate the cyberworld.”

This presentation may contain information and images not suitable for younger children. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of babysitting for children ages 3-10, provided by the Ark. Registration for babysitting must be made by noon Thursday. The Ark may be reached at 505.662.4822.

The five remaining classes in the series include:

  • Encouraging School Success, Nov. 6;
  • Healthy Habits, Nov. 13;
  • Developmental Milestones and Expectations, Nov. 20;
  • Supporting Children with Special Needs, Dec. 4 and
  • Developing Coping Skills, Dec. 11.

Each class is 6-7:15 p.m., Thursdays in room 610 on the UNM-LA campus. The cost is $5 per class for up to two caregivers, or $25 for the entire six-class series. Financial assistance is available.

JJAB is made up of community members including parents, judges, teens, government leaders and representatives from numerous community organizations. Together they fund and organize programs that have a positive impact on youth, families and the community.

The parenting series is being run through UNM-LA’s Community Education program, which served more than 800 community members in the last year.

For detailed class information and to register, call UNM-LA Community Education at 505.662.0346 or click here.