Exploring and Preventing Cyberbullying

Date: December 10, 2013
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: webinar
Contact: Janet Olsen: olsenj@msu.edu or 517-432-7630 Karen Pace: pace1@msu.edu or 517-432-7628

Webinar description:

Technology plays a powerful role in connecting young people. It can be used in positive ways – and it can also be used to disparage and defame a teenager’s reputation. This webinar will feature Kay Stephens, co-author of the award-winning cyberbullying book Cyberslammed: Understand, Prevent, Combat and Transform the Most Common Cyberbullying Tactics. To help adults get a clued-in understanding of what’s really happening among teens in social media these days, Kay will present six of the most common types of digital harassment through the use of the Internet, cell phones and video cameras. She’ll present strategies that adults can use to help protect young people to be able to effectively “understand, prevent, combat and transform” specific cyberbullying tactics.

Webinar participants will also learn how these strategies can be used in conjunction with the Michigan State University Extension Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments curriculum, which is designed to help young people aged 11 to 14 and adults work in partnership to create environments that are physically and emotionally safe. While the primary audiences for Be SAFE are young people and adults involved in out-of-school time settings (such as after-school programs, 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts, Y’s, sports programs and faith-based programs), it also applies to middle school settings. Be SAFE focuses on education and prevention of bullying, bias, harassment and other hurtful behaviors – as well as provides suggestions for intervening when young people are affected by these issues.

Webinar resource people:

Kay Stephens is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction and a freelance writer with more than 20 years of experience working with teens and tweens in New England. As the program administrator of the ground-breaking STEM program Zoey’s Room for middle school girls, she was the first to create Internet Safety and Cyberbullying Prevention Workshops throughout Maine in the mid-2000s. After the publication of Cyberslammed, she spent the 2012-2013 school year traveling throughout Maine to educate parents, teachers, administrators and students about various cyberbullying tactics. A regular columnist on this subject, she has teamed up with national partners, Uknowkids.com and Submit The Documentary to continue giving parents and educators the tools they need to effectively prevent cyberbullying, using common sense, social-emotional strategies, technology tips and eastern philosophies of defense. In 2013, Cyberslammed won first place in nonfiction in IndyReader’s Discovery Awards.

Janet Olsen, MA, and Karen Pace, MA, are program leaders in the area of social and emotional health with Michigan State University Extension health and nutrition programs. They are the co-authors of Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Enviornments.

For more information about MSU Extension resources and events related to bullying prevention, visit http://msue.anr.msu.edu/topic/info/bullying


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