SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- With the continued rise of social media, an alarming number of children and teens are targets of online bullying. To learn more about cyberbullying tactics and how to fight back against them, parents and caregivers are invited to attend “Bullying & Our Children,” a free public discussion.

This special presentation will be held on Monday, Nov. 27, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Springfield Town Hall, located at 100 Mountain Ave. in Springfield. Pre-registration is not required.

“Social media enables today’s youth to connect with friends and family, express their creativity and explore the world around them. Unfortunately, children can encounter dangers such as doxing, trolling, stalking and catfishing,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “The new workshop is designed to update and inform caregivers, and anyone who works with children, so they can help ensure a safe online experience.”

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Because children may be embarrassed or afraid to tell their parents that they are being bullied, it is important for caregivers to take an active role in monitoring their children’s social media usage.

Bullying & Our Children will feature a presentation by Special State Investigator and Acting Union County Detective Dawn M. Correia.

This event is sponsored by Springfield Deputy Mayor Maria Vassallo and the Freeholder Board through the Department of Human Services Division of Youth Services and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

For more information about Bullying & Our Children, call the Division of Youth Services at 908-558-2520 or visit ucnj.org/youthFor all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.