Nancy Jo - Author of American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers
Presenting at EMS on May 1stNancy Jo Sales is an award-winning journalist and author who has written for Vanity Fair, New York, Harper’s Bazaar, and many other publications. She is known for her reporting on youth culture and crime and for her profiles of pop-culture icons. She won a 2011 Front Page Award for “Best Magazine Feature” and a 2010 Mirror Award for “Best Profile, Digital Media.” Her 2013 book, The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World, tells the true story behind the Sofia Coppola film The Bling Ring, which was based on Sales’s 2010 Vanity Fair piece “The Suspects Wore Louboutins.” Her most recent book, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, was a New York Times bestseller and explored social media’s effects on adolescents in an age when teens are coming of age in a hypersexualized online culture. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, Sales graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1986. She became a contributing editor at Vanity Fair in 2000. She has a daughter, Zazie, and lives in the East Village in New York City.
Parry Aftab - Cyber Bullying Expert
In January 2017 at a PTO meeting Mr. Iasiello engaged parents in a dialogue about observed negative student behavior using social media outlets. Through this very good discussion and question and answer session, it became clear that we needed to do more, together, to assist our young people in making good decisions while interacting online.
Parry Aftab, a leading cyberbullying researchers in this area, heard of our need and reached out to our school. Ms. Aftab, not only a resident of Wyckoff but, has decades of experience as a internet safety attorney and has worked internationally with the likes of MTV, Diane Sawyer, and Interpol. On Thursday, January 26, Ms. Aftab held 3 grade level student assemblies at EMS to discuss some of the issues our students are facing and to begin laying the ground work for a sustainable plan to reduce the type of poor decisions we have most recently observed. There was an evening parent presentation on February 7. Below is some of the information shared during that presentation. For further insight into Ms. Aftab's career and expertise please see her website at: http://www.aftab.com/