Workshop to address teens and technology

A collaborative workshop with the Webster City Area Chamber and Verizon entitled “Bee Approachable Teens & Tech” is being offered on Thursday. It is open to parents, guardians, Chamber Members, and other trusting adults in the community that interact with teens aged 13 to 19. It will take place at Mornin’ Glory Coffee Shop in Webster City from 5:30 to 7p.m.

Participants will learn what technology and social media sites teens are using including the mainstream sites like Facebook and Twitter, but also navigating popular apps like Snapchat. In addition they will gain basic tools on how to become more approachable when it comes to teens and technology in an effort to help keep the lines of communication open.

Youth are growing up in a wired world, where the internet, tablets, and smartphones place an incredibly powerful set of resources at their fingertips. With these opportunities, teens are able to communicate, entertain and inform themselves at all times and in all places. There is a shift in the way teens socialize with friends, handle dating, do their schoolwork and communicate with others. This workshop provides knowledge of popular teen sites and basic tools to help adults encourage teens to be creative and productive, but also safe and responsible.

This workshop is being is being sponsored as part of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month Awareness efforts. In addition, it ties into the Healthy Hamilton Coalition’s goals in building community for a safe, healthy, connected Hamilton County.

For information and resources, contact Tiffany Larson with the Bee Inspired CAPP Program through Building Families at

or call (515) 602-6371.