Mercy Mounthawk Invites Parents For Talk On Social Media

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MERCY Secondary School Mounthawk are celebrating their theme of ‘Family’ in a special way from March 5th -9th under the slogan of ‘Family First Forget Fones’ and a talk will be held this Thursday about social media and its effect on family life.

For the week, the focus will be on the importance of communication in the home and in particular the sharing of meals in the evening for the duration of this week.

The school is inviting all students and their families to disconnect from all screen time for one hour every evening and to spend this hour reconnecting and sharing a family meal where possible.

The school’s Young Social Innovators group ‘Family First’ will be encouraging families to use the week to spend extra quality time together.

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Families might consider a games evening, a walk together or preparing a meal together. All families are  invited to take part in the Parents Council Family Table Quiz which will take place in the Centenary Hall on Thursday March 8th at 7.30.

The school will run many initiatives in the hope of involving the whole school community. Ger Brick from Inetsafety talks will visit the school prior to Family week to deliver workshops to 1st and 2nd year students on Wednesday February 28th and Thursday March 1st.

Parents are invited to a talk which will explore the issue of  the interface between social media and family life.

The talk will take place in Centenary hall in Mounthawk on Thursday, March 1 at 7.30pm. The speaker will be  Ger Brick who is an experienced facilitator who delivers Cyberbullying / Internet Safety talks to Primary Schools across Ireland.

Formerly an IT Program Manager with Microsoft Ireland for 17 years, Ger has 20+ years experience working on the Internet. Ger promises to deliver a comprehensive talk about the internet, family life and staying safe online.

His main aim is to offer practical advice for both parents and students on how to keep themselves and their families safe online regardless of their level of computer literacy.

Students have been hard at work to ensure the success of the week but ultimately the success of the week will require commitment from each individual family.

Social media and technology have become an integral part of life and education in the 21st century but for many knowing when to switch off can be difficult.

The school is asking all those involved in the week to do their best to disconnect from the wired world and engage with the real people at home for that one hour each day.

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