WEST ORANGE, NJ – In order to promote positive and safe social media practices for kids, 11-year-old social media sensation Liv VanLedtje (#thelivbits) and her mother, Literacy Consultant Cynthia Merrill, are making their way through the West Orange elementary schools to host informative presentations.

In addition to a parent session held on Tuesday, VanLedtje and her mother will visit all West Orange elementary schools through out the month to speak with students about “Digital Citizenship and Global Learning.” They will also visit classrooms to model and discuss use of technology for recording and reflecting with a selfie video focus, while Merrill meets with teachers to field questions regarding the literacy connections of her daughter’s work.

Parents of kids in grades K-6 will be invited to attend a second informational session, entitled “Tips for Staying Safe, Savvy, and Smart Online,” on Oct. 22 at Liberty Middle School, 1 Kelly Drive, beginning at 7 p.m.

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“The partnership with West Orange Schools is an outgrowth of the work done last year by our Elementary EdTech Team and we are hoping to use Liv’s visit as a way to spearhead our focus for tech integration this coming year,” said Diana DiCosta, Technology Integration Specialist for the West Orange district.  

VanLedtje recently received a #digitalrockstar award at the #Digital4Good ceremony hosted by #ICANHELP, an organization committed to deleting negativity online.

No registration is required to attend the free parent event on Oct. 22, but seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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