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Free UC workshops aim to reduce conflict within families around media and technology use

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If your family struggles to know how to balance media and technology use for your kids and teens—you’re not alone.

In fact, this issue is becoming such a common challenge for families that the University of Canberra is holding a series of workshops funded by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and in partnership with Community Services #1 and Capital Region Community Services to help families better navigate and manage media and technology use at home.

Safe Online Together workshops won’t just be another cyber safety presentation but instead will focus on “promoting mutual understanding of media use between parents and their children” with the aim to “help families maximise the benefits of digital media technologies while minimising the risks.”

Taking place from 23 November until 5 December at a variety of times, the free workshops are held in-person and are best suited to families with at least one child aged between 11 and 16. The whole family does not need to attend (but are encouraged to) with pizza and refreshments provided.

While the workshops are primarily focused on helping local families, the University of Canberra is quick to flag that data generated from the workshops will be collected to evaluate the project and inform ongoing research and future initiatives, however, while some of this data may be published in scholarly journals, all data will be anonymised to protect the privacy of participants. The project has been approved by the University of Canberra Human Research Ethics Committee (approval 6876).

Interested in participating? Email safeonlinetogether@canberra.edu.au or go to safeonlinetogether.com and sign up there.

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