The Impact of Social Media in Schools

A frank discussion on social media, cyber-bullying, and other technology impacting students today

Hosted by Slippery Rock University
January 14, 2019
Robert Smith Student Center/Ballroom A
8:00 AM—Noon

Why you and others should attend. The world our children are growing up in has changed since you were young. With advancements in technology and communications, our world is smaller than ever before. The potential for our children to inadvertently put themselves in harm’s way has become greater than ever before.

Who should attend? This program will be beneficial to anyone working with youth who may not have a foundational education on technology and social media. The list includes: administrators, teachers, counselors, school psychologist, nurses, parents, school board members, social workers, prevention specialist, community leaders, college professors, children and youth services, etc.

Event Format. Listening Session: Presentation by Agent Phil Little, Attorney General’s Office
Interactive Sessions: Panel Discussion and Focus Group

Phil Little
Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General
Office of Public Engagement

Phil Little has dedicated his entire career to public service at both the federal and state level. Phil has worked as a teacher with the Freedom Area School District, working with students on subjects of special education and history. Upon leaving Freedom, Phil was appointed to manage and oversee the Housing Authority of The County of Beaver’s BRIDGE Subsidy program. In his time with the housing authority, Phil acted as a liaison with the public in breaking down the negative stigma of public housing, and rental subsidies, all while successfully working with the private housing industry to house mental health consumers in Beaver County. In 2014 Phil joined the Office of Public Engagement (formerly the Education & Outreach Unit) in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. While with the Office of Public Engagement, Phil has traveled throughout western Pennsylvania educating all Pennsylvania, including students, parents, and seniors, about bullying, cyberbullying, child predators, internet and social media safety, the opioid epidemic, and elder abuse. Phil also serves on several community boards to help keep Pennsylvanians safe. He currently serves as a member of the Beaver County Drug Abuse Coalition, and the Beaver County Alliance for Consumer Protection. In 2016, Phil was awarded a proclamation by the Greene County Commissioners for his work in educating the citizens of Greene County on the opioid epidemic.

Phil received his Bachelor’s Degree from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, and his Master’s degree from Western Governors University.  He and his wife, Tara, reside in the North Hills of Pittsburgh with their two sons.

Listening Session

Presentation Topic: Social Media 101 – What Every Adult Needs to Know

The presentation will give adults a foundational education about understanding what social media sites children are using and how to keep them safe while using them. You will learn how to navigate and learn how to enable the security features on the “apps,” along with recognizing the importance of knowing the child’s passwords. Monitoring children’s behavior and interactions on the internet is very critical in today’s world. Children are being targeted by online predators and cyber bullying at an alarming rate.

Interactive Sessions

AN ALL STAR PANEL: Agent Phil Little, others to be announced

AN ALL STAR FOCUS GROUP: students, parents, educators, psychologists, etc.

Participants are encouraged to submit questions. What do you want to hear about from the PANEL and/or FOCUS GROUP? Email questions to

If you have difficulty registering online or you have questions simply email the information to the address above or call Herb Hunt at 724-494-0968. Your registration will be confirmed.

Thank you for the following program supporters:

Slippery Rock University, Dr. Keith Dils, Dean College of Education

Jim Budzilek, Ed. D.  Director of Education/ EDS l aSAP, 724-272-1992 /131 Berwick Road, Johnstown, PA 15904

Computer Reach, Dave Sevick, Executive Director, Contact: Justin Herko, Partnership & Sales, 412-721-6650,

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