As social media become more entwined in our everyday lives, some parents might feel trapped between a rock and a hard place: when does monitoring their children’s Internet activities start violating their right to privacy? And if they don’t monitor their children, are they irresponsible parents?

For parents, educators and anyone else who’s interested in attending an informal discussion on this difficult and sometimes thorny issue, the Cape Town Science Centre invites you to attend on Wednesday 28 September, at 18h00 for 18h30.

The panel does not wish to dwell on the horror stories, but instead to provide some direction to parents who want to protect their children. “It’s a complex question: would you feel any qualms about reading your child’s personal diary, found in a suitcase under her bed?” says the Cape Town Science Centre.

The evening’s guest speakers include Sharon Knowles and Bronwyn Johnson who will lead the the discussion and field questions from the audience. Journalist Alan Duggan will serve as moderator.

Johnson, an adventurer and marketing professional, describes herself as “a small South African woman who wants to make a huge impact in the world”. She is also a staunch advocate of social media and is always happy to explain why. Knowles is CEO of cyber security company Da Vinci Forensics and the co-founder of the Da Vinci Foundation, a non-profit that educates and provides assistance to the public on issues such as cyber bullying and cyber stalking. She regularly visits schools where she talks about cyber bullying and cyber stalking. Knowles holds an Executive MBA from the UCT Graduate School of Business.

Be sure to contact the Cape Town Science Centre to book your seat!

Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Venue: Cape Town Science Centre (370B Main Road, Observatory)
Cost: R50 per person
Bookings: or 021 300 3200