This Year's Seminar

Banner for 17th Annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 
8:45AM – 2:30PM EST
FREE VIRTUAL EVENT (via Zoom webinar) 

Addressing the Misuse, Overuse & Abuse of Social Media and Technology in Schools and Online Spaces

Program Agenda – This seminar is designed for educators, law enforcement, and other youth professionals & school stakeholders who desire a deeper understanding of - and action plan to deal with - the major forms of technology misuse and overuse confronting our youth today. 

Image of Intro slide and link for Hinduja Presentation

Image of intro slide and link for Reeves presentation

Link for full Seminar recording with host and sponsors

Presentation Overviews

8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
I) Responding to Social Media Misuse and Abuse Among Youth 
Dr. Sameer Hinduja 
Dr. Sameer Hinduja is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media use, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people. Dr. Hinduja is also the Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Bullying Prevention, a new peer-reviewed journal from Springer. 
Contact Dr. Hinduja 

10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. to Noon
II) ‘Recovery’ from (Lingering) Covid-Related Mental Health Challenges due to Virtual Education Isolation and Other Restrictions 
Dr. Melissa Reeves
Dr. Melissa Reeves, Ph.D., NCSP, LCMHC is past-president of the National Association of School Psychologists (2016-17), a nationally certified school psychologist, licensed clinical mental health counselor, licensed special education teacher, and former district coordinator of social/emotional/behavioral services. Most recently she was an Associate Professor at Winthrop University and has over 20 years' experience working in public schools and a private school, in addition to providing mental health services in day and residential treatment settings. She is a senior consultant with Sigma Threat Management Associates. 
Presentation Slides

Noon to 1:15 p.m.

1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
III) Making the Internet a Safer Environment for our Students: A Presentation by Meta’s Trust & Safety Team 
Jennifer Hanley & Alexandra Hayman 

Jennifer Hanley is the North American Head of Safety at Meta where she handles safety policy for the U.S. and Canada. She works with internal teams, external partners, and government stakeholders on issues including women’s safety, child safety, bullying, digital well-being, and suicide prevention. Prior to joining Meta/Facebook she served as Vice President for Legal and Policy at the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) where she directed FOSI’s government outreach and policy strategy.
Facebook Safety Center
Alexandra Hayman is the Strategic Engagement Partner of the Trust & Safety Team at Meta. Alexandra works primarily with Law Enforcement and agencies in the Child Safety space, and has worked on Child Safety for the past 7 years. Before her role on the Trust and Safety team, Alexandra worked on combatting online Child Exploitation at scale at Meta/Facebook. Alexandra manages relationships with external and internal partners, and conducts trainings to security and law enforcement agencies.

This seminar is FREE and open to all who deal, or are concerned with, with school safety issues, including elementary school, middle school, high school and district faculty, staff (administrators, counselors, psychologists, school resource officers, etc.) and school board members; college/university administrators; police officers and law enforcement officials; first responders; elected officials; transportation professionals; and parents, guardians & other interested persons.


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