Presentations

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AI Solutions to Cyberbullying and Social Media Abuse

Our professional lives focus on promoting civility and preventing toxicity online, especially among youth. By intersecting social science with computer science, we have been able to make strides in this area. With regard to artificial intelligence (AI), the overarching goal is to preempt victimization by: identifying (and blocking, banning, or quarantining) the most problematic users…

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Bullying Prevention Through Empathy Building: Getting Students to Care

The relationship between empathy and healthy peer relationships has been studied at length over the years, and research suggests that building empathy can help reduce bullying and cyberbullying while simultaneously promoting tolerance, kindness, and peer respect in student interactions.  While many teachers and administrators affirm its importance, they often do not have a toolbox of…

Empowering Teens to Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral

This talk will teach participants to: Apply evolving best practices in bullying prevention to their own schools and communities Understand how to connect with teens on these issues, so they reduce their own vulnerability Learn how to motivate and inspire youth to combat bullying through kindness initiatives Understand how anonymous reporting systems, peer mentoring, social…

Cyberbullying: Actionable Strategies for Administrators

This talk will teach participants to: Understand the responsibilities of schools which use technology to meet educational needs Consider multiple lower, appellate, and Supreme Court cases which provide precedent and guidance when and how to intervene Determine how policy should be structured, and whether to move towards a prohibitive or permission atmosphere regarding devices Apply…

Bullying and Cyberbullying: How Schools Can Help Parents Do Their Part

This talk will teach participants to: Help educators form an alliance and symbiotic relationship with parents, where both realize they are on the same side, and where they work together Clarify how educators must convey their policies and programming to families strategically, so their role and protocol is known Offer conversation pointers to navigate challenging…

Digital Reputation: What Your Students Need to Know and Do

This talk will teach participants to: Understand youth brain development and how it affects online decisions Identify popular online environments among adolescents today Understand online social networking as a phenomenon, both psychologically and as it plays out among youth Obtain a baseline for what the research says about digital reputation mistakes Identify how adolescents are…

Sexting, Digital Dating Abuse, and Other Online Relationship Issues

This talk will teach participants to: Learn what the research currently says about the prevalence, motivations, and implications of sexting Discuss the realities of sextortion and revenge porn among youth Understand how and why this occurs in obvious and not-so-obvious ways via smartphones and various social media apps Explore the reality of Snapchat hacks, the…

Half-day Educator Workshop Cyberbullying Research Center

Half-day Educator Workshop

This presentation is designed for educators who desire a deeper understanding of (and action plan to deal with) teen technology misuse among youth today. We first share updated research findings, as well as important correlates and consequences. With regard to prevention, we emphasize the importance of developing kids with moral compasses, compassionate hearts, and resilient…

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Resilience: Avoiding Victimization By Developing Social Competence

This presentation is designed for youth professionals who would like to supplement their existing programming and policies with student-centered empowerment. As more attention is given to the importance of cultivating socio-emotional learning skills among students, it seems vital to increasingly consider one often-neglected component: resilience. As critical as it is to shape and improve the…

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Cyberbullying and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This presentation is designed for school administrators, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other professionals who desire a comprehensive understanding of (and action plan to deal with) cyberbullying among youth with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These students arguably are among those most vulnerable to this growing problem, and have been characterized as the “perfect victim.”…

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Coaches, Student Athletes, and the Misuse of Social Media

With each new year, coaches are increasingly dealing with the challenges of social media. This can include inappropriate, unethical, and even illegal student-athlete conduct directly or indirectly related to their online communications. Recently, some schools are even mandating that informal or formal monitoring of students takes place by coaches, but not providing clear guidance on…

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Student Athletes and Social Media

Student athletes are no different than other teens and young adults in their social media use participation. However, they may arguably be held to a higher standard given their visibility and how reputationally and fiscally important sports and athletics are to most schools and universities. While most student athletes are doing the right things online…

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Law Enforcement Presentation

This presentation is designed to bring law enforcement officers (especially those assigned to a school setting) up to speed about their role in preventing and responding to teen technology misuse. The presentation will define and provide examples of cyberbullying and discuss promising strategies for school-based law enforcement officers to mitigate inappropriate online behaviors. It will…