'Better Together' parenting conference is this weekend

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Internet dangers, High school graduation, college prep, mental health, are just some of the issues that are constantly running through parents' minds.

Getting students ready for college has never been easy especially if they are the first in their family to attend.

'Better Together' is a parenting conference that will address those concerns this Saturday.

The Coalition for Hispanic Education encourages Wichita Falls ISD parents and students to attend and learn new strategies.

Gonzalo Robles, founder of Cafe con Leche said a good support system for children begins at home.

"Parents need to be a part of that. They (children) need to understand that they are valued and that they are welcome and that they need to be a part of the education process," Robles said.

During the conference, parents can learn from experts on topics like college readiness, mental health, and behavior, setting up homework spaces and even internet safety, which is something facilitator Dr. David Barbosa thinks is very important.

"Because kids are very focused on technology, we want to help our parents understand what to be looking for," Barbosa said.

Erlinda Panigua, who has a daughter in eighth grade, said internet safety is one of the topics she is most looking forward to learning about.

"I don't even know sometimes what's going on and this would help them and us to understand what's going on," Panigua said.

Students will participate in sessions to learn about healthy snacks and technology gizmos and gadgets. They'll  have a chance to win a tablet or a Chromebook.

The principal of Barwise middle school, Cody Blair,  is looking forward to the day.

"We're just very excited and honored to host this event. I think it's going to be a great event for all students and parents involved," Blair said.

The parenting conference, Better Together is taking place at  Barwise middle school Saturday morning 8:30 am.until 1:30 pm.

It's free and parents do not have to sign up in advance.

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