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Cyberbullying & Unwise Social Media Use – Free Parent Education Program

Shady Side Academy will offer the free parent education program, Cyberbullying and Unwise Social Media Use, on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, from 7-8:30 p.m. The program will be presented by Dr. Sameer Hinduja of the Cyberbullying Research Center and held in the Hillman Center for Performing Arts on the SSA Senior School campus, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel. The presentation is free and open to the public. Learn more at Designed for parents and other adults who care about kids, this presentation will provide a broad overview of the way teens are using and misusing their phones and various Internet-based technologies with a focus on cyberbullying and unsafe social media practices. The latest apps and sites will be discussed, as well as what adults can do to mitigate problems within those environments. Specific subtopics include helping youth develop moral compasses, the pros and cons of filtering and monitoring, how to work with sites and apps to get problematic content taken down, and how to build resilience and improve communication with your child. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions and discussion to address any specific concerns parents may have. Dr. Sameer Hinduja is co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on cyberbullying and safe social media use. He has written seven books, and his interdisciplinary research is widely published and cited in peer-reviewed academic journals. He is frequently asked to provide expert commentary by news organizations, including CNN, NPR, BBC and The New York Times. Shady Side Academy is a nationally respected private school in Pittsburgh for boys and girls in grades PK-12, with an optional boarding experience in high school. Four age-specific campuses with extraordinary resources, teachers who actively mentor, a forward-thinking curriculum, a diverse and inclusive community, and a legacy of alumni accomplishments all inspire Shady Side students to high achievement in academics, the arts and athletics, and to meaningful ambitions in life. Learn more at