NO BULL Bullying Prevention Conference

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Sponsored by NEPDEC, The Times Leader, and Guard Insurance Group
NEPDEC–Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium
April 11-12, 2011

April 11, 2011 Luzerne County Community College Educational Conference Center

8:00-8:30 Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:45-9:45 Keynote Address, Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Co-Director
Cyberbullying Research Center, www.cyberbullying.us

“Cyberbullying and Adolescents: Who, What, When, Where, and Why”

This session is designed for school administrators, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and mental health professionals who desire a comprehensive understanding of cyberbullying. It will paint a comprehensive picture of exactly how teens are mistreating their peers via the Internet and cell phones. Research findings and quotes of youth experiences are interspersed throughout to meaningfully provide a rich perspective of this high-tech problem.

10:00-11:00 Breakout Session I

     

  1. “Responding to Cyberbullying”, Dr. Sameer Hinduja
  2. This session will discuss cyberbullying response strategies for school professionals – with the guidance provided highly applicable for youth workers outside of educational settings. It will cover relevant legal principles, court cases that have set precedent, recommendations for policy, best practices in helping targets and aggressors, and informal and formal remedies to address online harassment issues that arise.

  3. Nancy Baron-Baer, Associate Regional Director,
    Anti-Defamation League, PA Law and Bullying
    "From Classroom to Courtroom: Can the Constitution Reign in Bullies?”
  4. Chaz Balogh, Detective,
    Luzerne County District Attorney's Office
    Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
    “Pennsylvania Law Enforcement and Bullying”
  5. Karyn Gunnet-Shoval, M.Ed., Adjunct Faculty, Lafayette College
    "Regional Resources to Respond to and Prevent Bullying"

11:15-12:15 Breakout Session II

  1. “Preventing Cyberbullying”

    This session will cover how youth professionals can prevent online harassment among those they care for. A consistent theme throughout this session will be that it takes a coordinated community effort to address the problem. A number of informed, practical strategies (both formal and informal) that can be implemented immediately within school, organization, clinic, and home environments will be presented and discussed.

  2. Mid-Valley District Program on Bullying Prevention
  3. Nancy Baron-Baer, Associate Regional Director,Anti-Defamation League, PA Law and Bullying
  4. Karyn Gunnet-Shoval, M.Ed., Adjunct Faculty, Lafayette College
    "Regional Resources to Respond to and Prevent Bullying"

12:30-1:30 Working Lunch: Posting Action Plans to NEPDEC Blog

Teams will meet at lunch time, each group with a computer and a wi-fi connection to the NEPDEC blog. As three strategic initiatives are planned, they will be posted on the blog for further discussion.

April 11, 2011 Pittston Area High School
5 Stout St., Yatesville, PA 18640

7:00-8:30pmDr. Sameer Hinduja

Presentation to the Parents
Free and Open to The Public

“Addressing Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Unwise Social Networking: The Role of Parents”

Designed for parents and community partners, this presentation provides a broad overview of adolescent technological concerns, including cyberbullying and social networking sites. Foundational information of the way adolescents use the Internet and cell phones is first provided before examining cyberbullying, sexting, and unwise social networking in detail. Strategies for identification, prevention, and response are then discussed in a conversational format to allow for input and Q&A from the audience. Attendees will leave equipped with an increased ability to promote safe and responsible participation in cyberspace among the youth they care for, and with numerous resources to assist them towards those ends.

April 12, 2011 at Wilkes-Barre and Scranton Area Middle Schools

10:00-11:00amDr. Sameer Hinduja

Wyoming Valley Middle School
Presentation to LIU#18 Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Students

12:30-1:30pmDr. Sameer Hinduja

Mid-Valley Middle School
Presentation to NEIU#19 Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Students

Presentation for Middle School Students

Dr. Hinduja’s presentation for middle school students stresses the importance of online reputations and the (mis)use of Facebook. Adolescents need to know that what they post or send in cyberspace will remain there for a long time, even after they delete those provocative pictures or inappropriate messages. The session then covers the negative implications that stem from carelessness or foolishness on the Internet, and how it can affect athletic participation, college admission, work opportunities, and social relationships. Cyberbullying and “sexting” are also briefly discussed in a way that is highly relevant to this particular age group.

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Northeastern PA will have a table presentation at the conference.

If you have an interest in having an informational display, please contact jennie@nepdec.org.


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NEPDEC’s mission is to create a more inclusive, dynamic culture in our region and to prepare for increasingly complex and diverse communities and workplaces. To achieve these goals, we:
* provide educational programming/consultation,
* support member’s diversity initiatives,
* organize networking and social events for relaxed interaction and sharing, and
* build alliances among historically isolated groups.

Through cooperation, we address regional diversity issues with greater impact and economies of scale.