Students and Parents Learn About Social Media

Jerry 3When Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) staff met with the principals from WPHF’s twelve partner schools in the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, the principals were asked to share their top school health related concerns. Unanimously, the principals spoke about social media — students not understanding how to safely and respectfully use social media and parents not understanding how to effectively monitor their child’s social media usage.

In direct response to these concerns around social media usage, WPHF brought Jerry Ackerman, a nationally known student motivational speaker and social media expert to our area to speak to students and parents.

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Mr. Ackerman spoke to all Winter Park High School Live.Life.Healthy (LLH) classes.  Launched about four years ago with grant support from WPHF, LLH was created to generate a buzz among the students of WPHS about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  In order to reach as many students as possible, LLH uses social media such as Twitter and Facebook to share their healthy lifestyle messages.  Mr. Ackerman provided LLH students information on how to respectfully use and make an impact with social media.  LLH students also learned what it means to have digital citizenship and respect for others online and how to handle conflict without using social media.

Jerry 4On Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 6:00 pm, Mr. Ackerman provided a parent presentation entitled “Parenting the Snapchat Generation” at Glenridge Middle School.  Mr. Ackerman gave parents a current look into the state of technology in a student’s life, rules parents should have for technology with their child, apps parents need to know about, and how parents can be armed to help the onslaught of technology. Approximately 50 parents and 15 children attended the presentation.

WPHF is in the process of conducting a follow up survey to determine the impact of Mr. Ackerman’s presentations.  If the information was well received, WPHF will bring Mr. Ackerman back for future presentations.

Questions?  Contact or 407.493.9703

Slides from Mr. Ackerman’s parent presentation are available here – Parenting the Snapchat Generation