Parenting in the Digital Age and Social Media Awareness program scheduled for Nov. 15

Parents and the community will hear about the struggle and challenges of maneuvering the digital age and social media with their children during a program, Parenting in the Digital Age and Social Media Awareness, on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Jr./Sr. High School.

The program will run from 6-8 p.m.. The speaker will be Melissa Straub, a private investigator and social media advocate.

Childcare will be provided in the gymnasium.

About the Speaker:

Melissa Straub
Melissa Straub

Melissa Straub is a Private Investigator, social justice advocate, and a licensed Private Detective in the State of New Jersey. She is a former police detective with specialized training as a school resource officer and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of child advocacy, sex crimes, cybercrime, white collar crime, and fraud issues. She has testified as an expert witness on social media investigations in New Jersey.

In January 2010, Melissa was determined to apply her passion and commitment to helping parents, educators and organizations decipher the unknowns of cyber-bulling and founded Without a Trace Investigations, LLC. Serving as the Director of Investigations, this private investigative consulting firm focuses on cybercrime and related investigations, concentrating on cyber-bullying, sexting, and internet safety awareness and training.

Demand for Melissa’s deep knowledge of internet safety and cyber-bullying continued to build and, in January 2013, she founded High Impact Youth Training Solutions, LLC. High Impact is a specialized consulting company that provides educational training and guidance on problems that affect youth, schools, and communities. By collaborating with students, their parents, and educators, High Impact provides first-hand knowledge to everyone who is impacted by these serious issues.

In 2016, Melissa was added to the national team of Stop It, an award-winning technology company that mitigates and controls inappropriate on-line conduct. Melissa serves as a Cyber Security Expert, offering ongoing support to schools, corporations and businesses throughout the country.

In May 2016, Melissa joined RWJ Barnabas Health Institute for Preventions, a school-based mental health program offered through the New Jersey Department of Mental Health and Human Services. Services she provides include one-on-one counseling, group sessions, and presentations directed to young people in need of alcohol and drug prevention and behavior modification.

Melissa was also recently employed within a public school district, where she provided public school counseling to New Jersey school-based youth services. She offered direct counseling with students and worked on the development of social media-oriented programs within the community.

Melissa is an active member of several organizations including the New Jersey Licensed Private Investigators Association (NJLPIA), the National Association of Investigative Specialists (NAIS), the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) and the New Jersey School Counseling Association (NJSCA), among others, and has been honored for her work by both the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and many school principals and guidance professionals.

Melissa holds a B.A. in Political Science/Pre Law, a Master’s Degree in Counseling, as well as certifications as a State School Counselor in New Jersey and New York.