Amid health safety concerns in the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (CJC), the Women's, Children, and Adolescent Ministries Department, in partnership with the Communication Department, made sure they addressed Internet safety concerns too. With hackers, cyberbullies, and zoombombers setting their sites on unwary victims, the CJC is equipping parents, Children's Ministry leaders and child advocates with the information necessary to stave off these attacks.
In a webinar held on Sunday, May 3, 2020, captioned, "Keeping Our Children Safe in the Internet Age", 70 participants learned 21 basic principles that can make all the difference in the world while children are experiencing increased Internet engagement due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
One of the points that became abundantly clear was that protecting children on the Internet is more about parenting and responsible child care than it is about technology. The presenter, CJC's Communication Director, segmented the presentation into seven parts, with lessons children can learn from various elements in nature shared between segments.
During the question and answers, and life lessons segments, participants demonstrated their commitment to protecting our children from lewd images, hackers, online predators, cyberbullies, and inappropriate content.
Mrs Claudia Bailey, CJC's Women's, Children, and Adolescent Ministries Department Director, in her opening remarks, said, "Our God is a good God; a good and wise God. This seminar was planned last year. It is not because of COVID, but it so happens that this crisis called for a seminar [such] as this". She emphasised that our parents and children are at home, and using the Internet more. Therefore, the timing of this presentation could not have been better.
Participation was hearty, and the responses positive. All-in-all it was time well invested for the benefit of our children and their families.
If you wish to experience the presentation first-hand, you may do so by clicking the following link [HERE]: