The Union County Board of County Commissioners and the Union County Department of Human Services Division of Youth Services would like to announce an upcoming Parents in Action program (PIA) for Cyber Safety and Anti-Bullying. The PIA is a parent support group offered by the Division for over 6 years.
“The start of a new school year is an essential time for parents to be involved and knowing what kind of support and assistance is out there is important,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “Keeping our students safe does not end after the first day of school; it’s a year-round endeavor that requires deliberate, conscientious, and collaborative attention.”
This event will be held on October 5, 2022 at the Westfield Library, located at 550 E Broad St, Westfield, NJ from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This presentation will be offered to school administrators, parents and non-profit organizations. If interested, residents can register at www.ucnj.org/youth.
“School violence and bullying including cyberbullying is widespread and affects a significant number of children and adolescents,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados, who serves as Liaison to the Human Services Advisory Council. “While the internet and technology offer opportunities for kids to learn and be entertained, it is critical that parents or guardians are being proactive and talking about internet safety and any form of bullying. Our students deserve to feel safe both in school and out of school and its programs like this give parents the tools they need to be informed and aware of anything that can happen.”
The Parents in Action program has two components. First, being the Parent Workshop on October 5th and the second is a five-week in depth parent in action class that offers parents and guardians the opportunity to meet with other parents dealing with similar issues. There will be three sessions offered in English and Spanish. The dates and locations will be announced at a further date.
For more information about the Parents in Action Program or any other youth service, please contact 908-558-2520.