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McNerney to host forum tonight on cyber-bullying

Presentation to include examples, monitoring tips, risks in multi-media messaging

Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) will host an informational forum on cyber bullying among children at 7:30 p.m. tonight night at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton.

The forum, to be held in partnership with the Pleasanton school district and the Pleasanton PTA Council, will provide parents of middle and high school age children with information and tools to address this growing trend.

The event will take place starting at 7:30 p.m. in the high school's multipurpose room.

A guest speaker from Common Sense Media will give a presentation at the event. The organization is a nonprofit national group that provides information for parents and teachers on age-appropriate media use and online safety for children. The speaker's presentation will include a background and examples of cyber bullying, tips for monitoring technology use among children and suggestions for implementing strategies to address cyber bullying in the community and at schools.

School district staff and representatives from the Pleasanton Police Department will also be available during a question and answer period following the main presentation.

The event is free and open to the public but seating reservations are suggested because of an anticipated large crowd. These can be made by calling the school district's Adult Education office at (925) 426-4280.

More information on the event can also be obtained from McNerney's Pleasanton office at (925) 737-0727.

The school district also will hold a forum on drug and alcohol abuse at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Representatives from the school district the police department will speak. Mothers with a Purpose and representatives of Axis Community Health will provide information about teen drug and alcohol abuse.

--Jeb Bing


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Posted by ok
a resident of Amador Estates
on May 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

what time on May 19?

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Posted by GovtBullied
a resident of Amador Estates
on May 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Cyber-bullying is indeed a problem...but why McNerney??? There are a host of wonderful organizations that address this problem.

Let's have a forum on GOVERNMENT BULLYING...and you, Mr. McNerney are one of the main perpetrators.

- Obamacare
- Cap and Trade
- (un)Fairness Doctrine
- Restricting our domestic oil drilling rights
- spending bailouts
- union card check
- and other bullying examples against American citizens

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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 12, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Am I understanding this correctly? My representative in Congress is hosting a local meeting on Cyber-Bullying. Well, thank goodness.

I was afraid he was working on doing something dumb like trying to cut expenditures or looking for ideas to help the economy recover.

Where's Chet, Jerry's sock puppet, when we really need him to help reassure us that McNerney knows what he's doing..!!

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Posted by Klos
a resident of another community
on May 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Bullying is a significant issue to address, and to combat.

PUSD and the PTA are partnering with Mcnerney, sometimes people place more attention when politicians are participating. In general the public like to listen to liars.

In truth bullying should be control at home by parents before their kids go around committing acts that could make other kids ending their lives. The social medial is pretty safe, and minors under 18 should not be allowed to sign in. They need to meet the requirements of adulthood. Our society is very liberal, but we live in a democratic country and these are the results of democracy without order.


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Posted by Jake
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm

"I was afraid he was working on doing something dumb like trying to cut expenditures or looking for ideas to help the economy recover."

I hope you know that the only way to get anywhere with fixing the US budget we will have to cut Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, and/or defense and also raise taxes. There is no other way to do it. Please tell me you realize that.

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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 16, 2011 at 11:08 am

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

I thought we could balance the budget by cutting taxes and cutting government waste? After all, when you cut taxes businesses and individuals make more money and end up paying more taxes, right? Isn't that how it worked in the 80's with Regan's "trickle down" economics? And government waste is actually the biggest part of the budget, right? All we have to do is cut government waste and lower taxes and everything will be hunky dorey!


For practical purposes it's political suicide to cut any of the programs you mention above, and when were tax increases (or tax extensions) ever popular? Until we wake up and smell the coffee, we'll continue to have budget problems and print/borrow money to make up the ongoing defecits.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Downtown
on May 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Cyber bullying - now there's an important topic for our Congressman to be addressing while the Federal Government hits the $14.3 billion debt ceiling with default on the horizon. He has voted for every wasteful spending bill to come along, and now he wants to stick his head in the sand and deal with cyber bullying. Nice job, Jerry. Maybe you should look into taking some of our newest California State legislation to the Federal level. Our State legislature has now made it compulsory for all California hotels to use fitted sheets on the beds. Just imagine if we could count on fitted sheets in all hotels throughout the land! You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave - welcome to the Hotel California.

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Posted by Not for us
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm

WHY isn't McNerney shouting in the halls of U S Congress that CA has 12+% UNemployment ? ? ? Stop the 9% unemployment distortion. Seems to me if there are 'bullying' issues in Pleasanton, the Pleasanton school board and Pleasanton PTA would/should deal with it. Milktoast will tiptoe around CA needs for affordable need petrol, SOME kind of abundant power supply for elec cars, and how about JOBS, JOBS, JOBS...12% UNemmployment is UNacceptable ! ! ! CA is SUPPOSE the be the economic/job center that drives the GDP of the US.
Please leave parenting to Pleasanton parents ! How about SAVING Mom & Dad's JOBS ! ! ! Now, THAT would be a great task for a US Congressman ! ! ( afraid there would be a turnout?)

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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 17, 2011 at 8:54 am

AVHS Dad is a registered user.


Please get your facts straight. It's 14.3 Trillion, not 14.3 Billion.
Are you SURE he voted for EVERY "wasteful spending bill to come along"?
Has anyone here even bothered to actually LOOK at McNerney's voting record? I'd suggest taking a look at the following or similar link and comparing how YOU would have voted to how HE voted.

Web Link

You might be surprised. Maybe not, but that's probably too much work. It's easier and more fun to regurgitate rhetoric.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Birdland
on May 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

So glad to see more on Cyber-bullying. Let's keep to the topic on hand as this is a devastating trend. Cyber-bullying and Cyber-stalking are against the law and people can get caught doing it. Typically Cyber-bullying is used to refer to kids and Cyberstalking refers to adults. Teens are especially at risk, on both ends, for ruining lives. We need to educate our kids about this issue or they may end up making huge mistakes that land them in jail. Most people do not know it is even a crime.

Cyberstalkers meet or target their victims by using search engines, online forums, bulletin and discussion boards, chat rooms, and more recently, through online communities such as MySpace, Facebook. They may engage in live chat harassment or flaming or they may send electronic viruses and unsolicited e-mails. Cyberstalkers may research individuals to feed their obsessions and curiosity. Conversely, the acts of cyberstalkers may become more intense, such as repeatedly instant messaging their targets. [10]

More commonly they will post defamatory or derogatory statements about their stalking target on web pages, message boards and in guest books designed to get a reaction or response from their victim, thereby initiating contact. In some cases, they have been known to create fake blogs in the name of the victim containing defamatory or pornographic content.

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