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Teaching Our Children to be Good Digital Citizens: Working Together to Prevent Cyberbuylling and Sexting

The Public Schools of Brookline will be hosting a presentation on "Teaching Our Children to be Good Digital Citizens: Working Together To Prevent Cyberbullying and Sexting" on Monday, December 10th from 6-8pm in the BHS Auditorium. Parents and guardians of PreK-12th grade students are welcome to join. 
Figuring out how to thoughtfully and safely live with digital technology is a challenge for many families today. This presentation and discussion, led by Dr. Elizabeth Englander, will cover the myths that might be draining parenting confidence and help families discover concrete, useful strategies that will help guide their children as they learn to use the internet and social media in a respectful and healthy way.
Sponsored by the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, this is a no-cost event open to all parents, guardians, and staff of the Public Schools of Brookline. No registration is required. If you have any questions, please caontact Dr. Maria Letasz, Director of Guidance and Clinical Services.

About Dr. Englander

Dr. Elizabeth Englander graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with Phi Beta Kappa and High Honors, and completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern California as an All-University Merit Fellow. After being awarded a National Institute of Mental Health Research Service Award, she started teaching in the State University system in Massachusetts and has been a professor of Psychology at Bridgewater State University since 1994.

Dr. Englander was awarded a Presidential Fellowship to found and direct the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, which delivers anti-violence and anti-bullying programs, resources and research to K-12 Education. Her research and publications are nationally recognized and she was named Most Valuable Educator of 2013 by the Boston Red Sox for her work in technological aggression and how it interacts with peer abusiveness. In 2018, she was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Council.

She was the Special Editor for the Cyberbullying issue of the Journal of Social Sciences and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CONNECT), and has authored about a hundred articles in academic journals and books. Dr. Englander has also been named the Chair of the Cyberbullying Work Group at the Institute for Digital Media and Child Development, which is supported by the National Academy of Sciences to help define the national research agenda concerning digital technology's impact upon children's development. She is also the author of Understanding Violence, and of Bullying and Cyberbullying: A Guide for Educators, recently released by Harvard Press. You can learn more about Dr. Englander's work here.