SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Do you need support managing social media in your home? Is your child attached to his/her device? Are you fully aware of what’s going on in the cyber world? Would you like some guidance on setting controls on technology devices?

The South Brunswick Parent Academy is offering a day of learning at the Social Media Symposium III on Saturday, March 23 at Crossroads North Middle School Cafeteria The presentation is for parents and students from fourth grade through high school. 635 Georges Rd., Monmouth Jct. NJ 08852. Workshops run from 8:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. A complimentary Continental Breakfast provided by Chartwells at 8:15 a.m.

Based on parent input from previous sessions and to strengthen connections between all, the  SBPA is excited to offer “Roundtable Discussion” sessions this year. These sessions can be led by parents or students.  Academy members are looking forward to these conversations and  are confident they will help others grow in the areas of social media and technology.

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What is a Roundtable Discussion? A roundtable discussion is an opportunity for participants to get together in an informal setting to examine issues as they relate to a specific topic. There is no formal agenda, but there can be specific topics. The facilitator needs to be well-versed on the topic and be able to engage participants in the discussion. These conversations will be completely unplugged, therefore no tech will be necessary. Participants will not be required to register for any of the sessions and have the freedom to move to other sessions at any time. They can start at one session and then move to another, or they can join a session already in progress. Either case, presenters are prepared for any audience.

Workshops will begin promptly at 8:45 am and will be conducted by SBSD staff, parents, students and the South Brunswick Police Department. All are invited to come and participate. 

Roundtable workshops by students include:

  • Positive Uses of Social Media
  • Realities of Cyber Safety
  • Wellness Fair
  • Student Led Discussions

Roundtable workshops by parents include:

  • Realities of Cyber Safety
  • Parenting With and Without Technology
  • Real Talk with Real Kids - A Student Panel
  • Parent Led Discussions

The South Brunswick Parent Academy will present a workshop called “Solving the Puzzle of Parenting . . . One Piece at a Time.”

As a bonus, the SBPA will give away ten copies of the companion book, "Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping us Hooked "by Adam Alter, a noted social scientist. 

Registration can be completed online by March 20. Due to the large audience expected, childcare will not be provided. Prior registration is highly recommended though walk-ins and welcome. Questions regarding the program can be emailed to SBPA@sbparents.org. 

Crossroads North Middle School Cafeteria is located at 635 Georges Road in Monmouth Junction.