Social Media Resources for Parents

  • Parent Speaker Series: Dr. Elizabeth Englander 7:00PM MERSD High School Auditorium 

    About Dr. Englander...

    Developing Training, Research and Fieldwork at the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center

    In 2004, I was awarded the first Presidential Fellowship at Bridgewater State University to found a Center to work on understanding and reducing bullying and cyberbullying.  This was the beginning of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, or "MARC," an academic Center in public higher education, committed to a public health model for bullying and cyberbullying prevention for the state of Massachusetts.  We offer programs and services for other states as well.  Today, we have approximately forty faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and support staff working at MARC.  And we still deliver high-quality bullying and cyberbullying prevention services to K-12 schools and other stakeholders - usually, at no cost to those within Massachusetts.

    The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center conducts research and provides many types of programs and services to schools.  I am, at heart, a researcher, and I believe in basing the training materials I author on the research I conduct.  You can read some of my research papers and other publications.

    In addition to papers that are published primarily in academic journals, I've also authored a great many other materials that you may find useful. There are materials written for parents, teachers, and/or administrators about understanding and responding to bullying and cyberbullying. There are bullying and cyberbullying Curricula (for grades K-5, 6-12 and 9-12).  (All are research-based and free.)  

    I've trained tens of thousands of teachers, counselors, and administrators, thousands of students, and have been teaching graduate and undergraduate students for about 20 years. I present at local and national conferences every year across the United States.  I am the author of two books: Understanding Violence (three editions), published by Erlbaum, and Bullying and Cyberbullying, recently released by Harvard Education Press.  Browse all my publications.

    MARC offers parent presentations on several topics, usually requested by schools, PTOs and PTAs, public libraries, and community groups. At MARC, we emphasize practical and accessible Information in all our parent education sources.  Presentations tend to focus on helping children avoid and cope with bullying and cyberbullying and/or children's use of social media and digital technology. 

    ​Find Parent Guides, Resrouces, and Downloads at:

    October is Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month!


    Learn more about anti-bullying from Common Sense Media Parent Resources

    Once kids go online, their chances of finding cyberbullies, haters, and trolls is, sadly, quite high. Find age-specific guidelines, videos, and articles to help with tough conversations -- whether your kid is a bullyor is being bullied. We answer all your cyberbullying questions, offering age-appropriate advice, school resources, and more from parents and experts. 


    Cyberbullying, Haters, and Trolls

    Explore Questions by Age 


    Parent Advisories 


     For those parents navigating the world of social media with teens, or for those who are about to...please take some time to learn more about children, the internet, and social media usage.  Clink on the link to view the series and CNN special report, "#Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens." Watch a preview of it it now on CNNgo.




    Bullying Awareness

    Dr. Englander is a professor of Psychology and Founder and Director of The MA Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) at Bridgewater State University, a Center which delivers anti-violence and anti-bullying programs, resources, and research for the state of MA. She was named Most Valuable Educator of 2013 by the Boston Red Sox because of her work in technological aggression and how it interacts with peer abusiveness in general.

    As a school district, the Manchester-Essex Regional School District is proud to work with The MA Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) through student, faculty , and parent trainings on social awareness and anti-bullying. In addition, MERSD participates in Second Steps, YALE's RULER Social Emotional Training, and MARC's student workshops focusing on anti-bullying curriculum development programs.

    MERSD Bullying Intervention Information  


    MARC Parent Resources

    Offering a wide variety of information on bullying behaviors, technology pitfalls, and cyber-bullying, the MARC center has developed clear guidance for schools and families.  To learn more about these topics: Digital Devices and Sleep, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Social Networking, Technology and How it Changes How we Talk to our Kids, Texting Tips, and Confidentiality, please click here!


    Dr Englander's guides for parents also include:


    For books and articles by Dr. Englander, please visit:


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