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MassEdCO 2019 Fall Forum - Cyberbullying: Current Research and Trends

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42 West Boylston Street

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Please join us for a dynamic and interactive forum on cyberbullying.

'Cyberbullying: Current Research and Trends': Noon-2:00 PM

Target audience: school counselors, TRIO and GEAR UP staff, along with state and community agency representatives.

This session will focus on current research and trends in cyberbullying and digital behaviors that occur between peers among children and adolescents.

New data and findings about issues such as sexting and self-cyberbullying will be explored, as well as research on how communication changes in digital environments. The interaction between online behaviors and relationships in schools will be addressed as well. Attendees will learn about resources they can use to educate youth about online risk and reduce problem behaviors.

Our presenter is Elizabeth Englander, Ph.D., the founder and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) at Bridgewater State University, a Center which delivers programs, resources and research to more than 400 schools every year nationwide. As a researcher and a professor of Psychology for 25 years, she is a nationally recognized expert in the area of bullying and cyberbullying, childhood causes of aggression and abuse, and children's use of technology

Lunch is available 11:30 AM - Noon

'Legal Issues Surrounding Cyberbullying': 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Target audience: school district superintendents or their representatives, principals or their representatives, school resource officers and general counsels.

This session will provide an overview of the Massachusetts school bullying law along with practical guidance for school administrators to ensure their anti-bullying prevention plans comply with the law. The session will also cover how to effectively investigate bullying and cyberbullying complaints when they arise.

This session's presenter is Attorney Marc L. Terry, a Partner at Mirick O'Connell, Attorneys at Law, and head of its Public Education practice. Marc concentrates his practice in the representation of public school districts, municipalities and other public entities as well as private employers in labor and employment. In his public school practice, Marc advises districts regarding school policy, student discipline, student rights, the budget process, professional licensing requirements, the non-renewal of professional staff and other education-related issues.

The session will be moderated by Robert Pezzella, School Safety Director for the Worcester Public Schools.

Attendees are welcome to join us for lunch at 11:30 AM, sit in on the first hour of Prof. Englander's presentation and then adjourn at 1 PM to the breakout session OR plan to arrive and register by 1 PM for this session.

This forum is offered free to attendees thanks to the financial support of our sponsors: MEFA, Webster Five Foundation, Mirick O'Connell - Attorneys at Law, Seven Hills Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.


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