Cyberbullying seminar set at ISU

By: ISU Communications and Marketing Staff, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
January 16, 2009

An Indiana State University professor plans to discuss cyberbullying and its effects during a seminar on Jan. 29.

Bridget Roberts-Pittman, ISU assistant professor of counseling, is scheduled to speak from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the Hulman Memorial Student Union Dede II on "Cyberbullying: What is it' How safe is your student's computer use.'"

"Cyberbullying can be defined as the use of technological devices to deliberately harass or harm another person. Through the use of e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging, cell phones and Internet social networking sites, cyberbullying has become a major problem facing school-age children, their parents as well as school personnel," Roberts-Pittman said. "Nearly half of school-aged children are reporting being targeted in some way that would meet the criteria for cyberbullying."

Roberts-Pittman said it is important for parents and educators to be aware of cyberbullying, especially since many children are not telling adults that it is happening. In the presentation, she will discuss the effects of cyberbullying, as well as ways for parents and teachers to help those being bullied.

"It is important for parents and educators to be aware of and prepared to intervene in terms of cyberbullying because it is affecting so many school-age children," she said.

The session is open to the public and free to attend, but registration is required. Contact Marlene Lu by e-mail at mlu3@isugw.indstate.edu to register or for additional information. The seminar is sponsored by the Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education.

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Contact: Bridget Roberts-Pittman, Indiana State University, assistant professor of counseling, at 812-237-4593 or at broberts@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University, assistant director of media relations, at 812-237-7972 or jsicking@indstate.edu