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ROYAL VALE TO HOST FACEBOOK SAFETY SESSION FOR PARENTS

Repercussion Theatre

MONTREAL, MARCH 19, 2012 – With local tech guru Elias Makos at the helm, Royal Vale School (5851 Somerled) in N.D.G will host a Facebook information session for parents on March 20 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the mini auditorium.

The session, which will be preceded by three afternoon sessions for students, will inform parents on how Facebook operates, from how the site makes a profit to how advertisers use the site to target people. Most importantly, the session will also analyze the privacy, safety, and security risks on the site.

Parents will learn how to make sure the Facebook profiles of their children (and their own) are secure, and how to restrict access to the third-party apps that are responsible for the vast majority of privacy breaches. As Facebook approaches one billion users, a number of parents do not know how to use Facebook to its full potential.

Running the session will be Elias Makos is a Montreal-based technology journalist and columnist. He is a regular contributor to CTV Montreal since 2007, appearing as the station's Technology and Trends columnist and as a freelance reporter. Elias is also a regular contributor to CBC Montreal’s Homerun radio show, and has also done work for CBC radio’s national syndication service. He is also currently producing a series of videos for the CBC on using the iPhone for journalism. Elias is also a professional speaker, speaking about digital citizenship, social media, and technology to various groups, from high school students to fellow journalists. He graduated from Concordia's Journalism Program in 2004. You can follow Elias on Twitter at: @eliasmakos and subscribe to his updates on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/eliasmakos.

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca