Dr. Justin W. Patchin speaks about cyberbullying prevention

This workshop is designed for school administrators, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other professionals who desire a comprehensive action plan to deal with cyberbullying, sexting, and unsafe social networking. Apart from providing foundational information, it will cover relevant legal principles and provide clarity from the courts as to when to intervene in incidents that originate off-campus. In addition, it will share recommendations for formal policy implementation and enforcement, as well as informal responses for all involved. A dominant and consistent theme throughout will be that it takes a coordinated effort to shape and enhance the existing social and relational climate within to improve attitudes and behaviors across the school. Towards this end, we encourage educators to marshal the powers of peer influence and school culture to curtail peer conflict, harassment, and other problem behaviors. Primarily, we will discuss specific, pragmatic school climate initiatives such as social norming, youth grassroots campaigns, peer mentoring, data-driven action plans, and multi-pronged policy and programming approaches by adults. The overall goal is to enlighten educators about the tremendous value inherent in a positive school climate, not only to enhance student achievement, success, productivity, and connectedness, but because it will produce students who are safe, smart, honest, and responsible both offline and online.

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