Press Release – Free Program on Cyber Safety and Social Media at Neumann University

December 9th, 2016

Wide-ranging program to focus on preventing identity theft and cyber stalking, identifying scams, and

protecting children from sexting, cyber-bullying, sexual predators and pornography

ASTON, PA – On Tuesday, December 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Neumann University Center for Leadership will host a free seminar on cyber safety for children and adults featuring a panel of law enforcement, digital technology, and educational experts.  This seminar aims to help lawyers, parents, and education professionals navigate the Internet and technology to prevent social media abuses and promote the safe use of online and digital communication.

The program, entitled “Cyber Safety and Social Media—What Today’s Digital Citizen Needs to Know,” will feature four speakers: Jack Whelan, Delaware County District Attorney; Michael Galantino, Deputy District Attorney and Chief of the Special Victims/Domestic Violence Division for the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office; Paul Sanfrancesco, Director of Technology for the Owen J. Roberts School District; and Nancy Caramanico, Educational Technology Specialist.  Attorneys and educators can earn CLE and Act 48 certification credits by attending the program.

“People want to know what they can do to be safe online, while protecting themselves and their families,” said Danielle McNichol, General Counsel and Director of the Center for Leadership at Neumann University.  “We’ve seen tremendous advances in technologies in the past decade including the growth of public wifi networks, texting and private messaging, the proliferation of social media apps, and more. We want to give the public information on when communications and data are secure, precautions they can take, and how to monitor their children’s online activity.

Social media allows for instantaneous sharing of personal, local, national, and international news with friends, family and people all around the world. Unfortunately, it also opens channels for threats like bullies, scam artists, overbearing marketers, sexual predators, and more.

The three-hour event will take place in John Mullen Communications Center located in the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center at Neumann University.  Registration and refreshments will be served beginning at 8 a.m.

This program is FREE and open to the public, however there is a minor administrative fee for attorneys and educators seeking CLE or Act 48 credits through the program.  For more information and online registration, please visit: http://neumannpublicsafety.com/.

The speakers for the seminar are:

Jack Whelan, Esquire, Delaware County District Attorney

John J. “Jack” Whelan was elected as Delaware County District Attorney in November 2011 and officially took office in the beginning of 2012. He has been a practicing attorney for 25 years with a commitment to criminal justice and law enforcement. Previously, Whelan led the firm of Whelan, Doyle & Pressman LLC in civil litigation, municipal representation and decedent estates. He was also formerly the Chairman of Delaware County Council which monitors the county government operations. As Delaware County’s District Attorney and Chief Law Enforcement Officer, he has taken on the lead for numerous public safety initiatives. Whelan attended Temple University for both his undergraduate and law degree.

Mike Galantino, Deputy District Attorney and Chief of the Special Victims/Domestic Violence Division for the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office

Michael R. Galantino is the Deputy District Attorney and Chief of the Special Victims/Domestic Violence Division for Delaware County. He has prosecuted thousands of cases that include over 140 jury trials to verdict. He has previously taught at the national, state, and local levels on issues such as computer-facilitated sexual assault, child exploitation and abuse, evidence, ethics, criminal law, search and seizure, and courtroom procedures. He earned his B.A. in Social Work from West Chester University in 1983 and received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1990.

Paul Sanfrancesco, Director of Technology for the Owen J. Roberts School District

Paul Sanfrancesco is the Director of Technology for the Owen J. Roberts School District and an adjunct professor in the Graduate Education Department at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. He has served as a teacher, a department chair, and even an assistant principal in his 21 year career. The National School Boards Association named Sanfrancesco as one of the “20 to Watch” educations for his work in IT. He has given presentations regarding digital footprint/citizenship and technology visions to teachers, administrators, students, and parents across the U.S.

Nancy Caramanico, Educational Technology Specialist

Nancy Caramanico is an Educational Technology Specialist and has worked with organizations for the past two decades to help create innovative technology and learning environments. As an expert in the use of both digital technology and social media, she recently worked as the Digital Content Manager for the World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 and the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia. Caramanico has an impressive background in technology, education, strategic planning, and leadership. She earned her Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and Instructional Technology certification at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She is also a Pennsylvania certified Instructional Technology Specialist.

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