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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…

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…

Parent and Community Presentation

Designed for parents and other adults who care about kids, this presentation provides a broad overview of the way teens are using and misusing their phones and various Internet-based technologies with a focus on cyberbullying, sexting, and unsafe social media practices. The latest apps and sites will be discussed, as well as what adults can…

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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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School Climate 2.0 Workshop

This presentation will help participants: • Realize the prevalence, scope, and frequency of cyberbullying, sexting, sextortion, digital dating violence, and digital self-harm among teens • Recognize the best ways adolescents can respond when they or others are harmed • Help students learn how to live a great story with their lives through their choices •…

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Comprehensive Community-Wide Cyberbullying Program

Are you interested in a cyberbullying “full-court press”? Start by completing the “Cyberbullying Report Card” located on page 255 of Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard (also available here). Once you have identified specific areas of concern, do something about them! Have key personnel read the book and respond to the discussion questions and staff development questions…