You’re on the internet daily. So are they: Cyber-Bullies. How can you protect yourself? Join EGUSD’s Gail Desler and Social Media Club Sacramento (SMCSac) for an informative panel discussion on September 30, 2014.

In preparation for Bullying Prevention Month in October, Social Media Club Sacramento is hosting a panel discussion to discuss the threat of cyberbullying, how to avoid it (cybersaftey) and what to do when faced with a cyberbully. Cyberbullying is a real threat, children have killed each other and committed suicide after having been involved in a cyberbullying incident.

If you are unfamiliar with the term, “cyberbullying” is when a child or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the internet, interactive technologies (like gaming systems) or mobile phones. It must involve a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor.

The content of the discussion for both adults, parents and adult guardians of children, not for young children.


Lisa Kaplan, Board Member, Natomas Unified School District, CEO, Kaplan Law Group

Panel Members

Thomas Dodson from Above the Fray, is the cofounder of a team dedicated to empowering young people to overcome the dark side of social media. Above the Fray teaches parents what it’s truly like for young people right now in teh cyber trenches; how it’s affecting their minds and bodies; and offers real solutions to parents that will help keep children safe. More about Above the Fray at

Lokesh Sisodiya, a Senior Architect for Cisco, is a member of the (ISC)2 Sacramento Chapter and the co-founder and president of the East Bay Chapter. (ISC)2 is the global, not-for-profit leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers and is known for it’s Gold Standard certifications and world class education programs. Lokesh is a frequent speaker at SSO, Cyberbullying, and Cyber-safety presentations for students, parents, teachers and other community members. At Cisco, he is working on various Infrastructure and Application security initiatives.

Detective Sean Smith is a 21 year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and has been assigned to the Hi-Tech Crimes Bureau and Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force since 2006. In addition to investigating identity theft and internet related crimes, including child exploitation and child enticement cases, he is also a computer/cellular telephone forensic examiner and instructor for both the California District Attorneys Association and the California Department of Justice in the areas of Hi-Tech Crimes, Social Networking Investigations, and cellular telephone forensics.

Gail Desler is a technology integration specialist for the Elk Grove Unified School District, where she focuses on promoting digital literacy and digital citizenship with K-12 students and staff. Helping students use technology as a global microphone for addressing community and worldwide issues is at the center of Gail’s work. She is the co-author of “Driving Without a License: Digital Writing Without Digital Citizenship,” the opening chapter for Solution Tree Press’s Using Technology to Enhance Writing. To learn more about Gail’s work, visit the Digital ID Project and EGUSD Digital Citizenship.


6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Check-in, socializing
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wrap-up, raffle, socializing


2030 W. El Camino Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95833




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