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Youth Congress to focus on impact of social media

DENVER - Social media has tranformed the lives of our teens. In September, our high school students will have an opportunity to discuss the role technology is having on their lives and to open a dialog with Douglas County leaders.

During the 2014 Douglas County Youth Congress, high school freshmen through seniors will gather to talk about the benefits, as well as the dangers of social media and what they can do to solve problems they experience or see in their community. The students have the opportunity to work alongside DCSD and Douglas County leaders, providing the teens with an opportunity to share their insights and even partner with the adults to make changes happen.

Additionally, students will receive 7.5 hours of community service. 

7th Annual Douglas County Youth Congress
When: Monday, September 22, 2014 / 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Where: The State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80022 

Who is eligible to attend? 9th-12th graders residing in Douglas County. 
More Information: Download the Youth Congress Save the Date

About the 2014 Youth Congress
This year’s topic is, “Social Media: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” Join your fellow students to discuss the role of social media in your life. Social media can be great, but it can also be overwhelming. We can all stay in touch 24/7, but what risks does that present? How are your brains developing due to all this information? 

Come to Youth Congress to learn about the psychology of being a teen-ager and using social media. Let’s all work together to tackle the many issues that are attributed to the phenomenon of social media. 

Partner with your fellow students to identify issues and SOLUTIONS that you can share with Youth Congress participants and community officials. 

Topics we will be working on include: 
• Texting harassment 
• Ask.fm – what is it? Are there new web sites we should know about? How do we all work together to end this malicious website? 
• Cyber bullying - how do we stop this? 
• Text-a-tip – how to spread the word about this valuable tool? 
• Empowering YOU – define steps to help your fellow students! How can we all work together to end the negativity 
• Laws regarding internet bullying – let’s hear from experts on the laws surrounding this societal danger
 

READ MORE: 2013 Youth Congress prepares DCSD students to lead state



WATCH VIDEO: During 2013 Youth Congress students worked with lawmakers on a number of contemporary issues.
 

August 21, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Athletics and Activities, High School Education, Schools

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