SPARTA, NJ - Parents and residents are invited to a program about cyber bullying at the Sparta Middle School on Monday night. Students in grade six and seven will attend the assembly during the day on Jan 30, with the parent session scheduled for 7 p.m.

The district is extending the invitation to all Sparta parents, not just those with middle school aged children.  It is for families who use or want to learn about social media; facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and similar platforms.

Sergeant Tom Rich, described as the district's cyber bullying expert, will give a presentation based on his experience as the STOPit Cop with 20 years in the Summit Police Department.  In Summit Rich has been a Patrol Officer, Juvenile Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, Detective, Juvenile Detective and D.A.R.E. Officer. 

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"Everyday Tom dedicates his career to protecting and empowering children through education and inclusion," according to the biography released by the middle school.  "He has been a keynote speaker at over 700 events nationally reaching over one million students worldwide."

Rich has been called on as an expert of online safety and cyber bullying on television including Good Morning America, CNN and Fox television. 

Rich uses teachable moments to help bridge the gap between students and adults.  He works to open the lines of communication through education and awareness by sharing the personal and legal consequences of misusing social media and popular apps like Snapchat and Instagram, according to his biography.

The district asks attendees to complete this form. (Click here for link)