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Important Upcoming Presentations about Cyberbullying and Digital Responsibility

Sameer Hinduja, PhD will deliver three separate, audience-tailored presentations about cyberbullying and related issues on Thursday, September 20 at Colchester High School—one for students, one for educators, and one that is open to all parents and community members.

Dr. Hinduja’s presentation to students will stress, among other topics, the importance of online reputations and the use and misuse of social networking through such avenues as Facebook, focusing upon the long-term negative implications stemming from careless Internet use.

The presentation tailored for educators will offer a comprehensive understanding of cyberbullying, how it impacts teens, prevention strategies, and policy implementation and enforcement recommendations.

The presentation designed for parents—which is open to the entire Colchester community—will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the CHS auditorium. It will provide an overview of cyberbullying and social networking sites as well as strategies for how to identify, prevent, and respond to issues stemming from them. The presentation will further equip parents with the ability to facilitate safe and responsible cyberspace use.

Colchester School District takes issues surrounding bullying and digital responsibility very seriously. Our schools put considerable effort into bullying prevention and cyber safety initiatives, and CSD has a formal Bullying Prevention Policy.

Dr. Hinduja is an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, and he is also a codirector of the Cyberbullying Research Center. Internationally recognized for his work concerning cyberbullying and safe social networking, he collaborates with the US Department of Education and many state departments of education to improve policies and programming surrounding technology misuse of teens.

For more information about the presentations, please e-mail Assistant Principal Justin Brown (brownj@csdvt.org) or call (802) 264-5700.

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