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Bullying Through CyberSpace

One child's suicide launches a movement.

Bullying Through CyberSpace

Phoebe Prince was a Massachusetts teenager who committed suicide after suffering months of constant bullying from school classmates. Her death brought calls for more stringent, specific anti-bullying laws in Massachusetts. In March 2010, a state anti-bullying task force was set up as a result of her death [from wikipedia].
Phoebe Prince was a Massachusetts teenager who committed suicide after suffering months of constant bullying from school classmates. Her death brought calls for more stringent, specific anti-bullying laws in Massachusetts. In March 2010, a state anti-bullying task force was set up as a result of her death [from wikipedia].

Among the conferences I wish weren't necessary is this one on cyber-bullying, to be presented tomorrow, April 27, by the Philadelphia office of the Anti-Defamation League.  This important and timely workshop, sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania’s Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street, in West Philly.

This is from the press release:

"The January suicide of 16-year-old Phoebe Prince in Massachusetts is prompting educators, counselors and policymakers nationwide to take a new look at a growing crisis: cyberbullying among schoolchildren.

"The Anti-Defamation League’s 2010 Cyberbullying Conference aims to help teachers, principals and counselors in Pennsylvania and Delaware take proactive steps to avoid similar tragedies in this region.

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"Renowned national expert Dr. Sameer Hinduja will be addressing and participating in workshops approximately 150 area educators who are attending.  Hinduja, author of Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying, is also an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University; co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center; and a member of the Research Advisory Board for Harvard University's Internet Safety Task Force).  

For more info, contact Randi Boyette at 215-913-7107 or rboyette@adl.org
 

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