Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) will host an informational forum on cyber bullying among children at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton.
The forum, to be held in partnership with the Pleasanton school district and the Pleasanton PTA Council, will provide parents of middle and high school age children with information and tools to address this growing trend.
The event will take place starting at 7:30 p.m. in the high school's multipurpose room.
A guest speaker from Common Sense Media will give a presentation at the event. The organization is a nonprofit national group that provides information for parents and teachers on age-appropriate media use and online safety for children. The speaker's presentation will include a background and examples of cyber bullying, tips for monitoring technology use among children and suggestions for implementing strategies to address cyber bullying in the community and at schools.
School district staff and representatives from the Pleasanton Police Department will also be available during a question and answer period following the main presentation.
The event is free and open to the public but seating reservations are suggested because of an anticipated large crowd. These can be made by calling the school district's Adult Education office at (925) 426-4280.
More information on the event can also be obtained from McNerney's Pleasanton office at (925) 737-0727.
The school district also will hold a forum on drug and alcohol abuse at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Representatives from the school district the police department will speak. Mothers with a Purpose and representatives of Axis Community Health will provide information about teen drug and alcohol abuse.