This workshop will review recent research findings about bullying and cyberbullying, and will describe how both being a victim and a perpetrator can impact clinical interactions with children. Common sources of confusion will be addressed, and the most recent data on cyber-behaviors will be covered. Education and awareness tips for those working with children will be taught.
Following this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss the distinction between bullying and other types of aggressive behaviors common among children.
2. Explain the role of online interactions in causing bullying and fighting between children.
3. Describe how communications change in digital environments.
I. Research trends in in-school bullying
c. interactions between in-school and online
d. gateway behaviors
f. overuse of the term bullying
II. Intervening in Bullying
III. Background basics on Cyberbullying
a. recent research findings
b. tips and tools
c. education for kids
IV. Group discussion/ question and answer.
Elizabeth Kandel Englander, PhD, is a professor of Psychology and the founder and Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University, a Center which delivers anti-violence and anti-bullying programs, resources, and research for the state of Massachusetts. She is a nationally recognized expert in the area of bullying and cyberbullying, childhood causes of violence, aggression and abuse, and child development.
Since founding the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center she has trained thousands of teachers and administrators in Massachusetts, worked with thousands of schoolchildren, parents and community groups, conducted and published research on the topic of cyberbullying, authored the third edition of Understanding Violence (a standard text in the field), served as Special Edition Editor to the Journal of Social Sciences, and helped author and pass legislation to help prevent violence and bullying. The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center is the only center in public higher education which provides no- or low-cost cutting-edge research and programs for K-12 education. MARC is also the Department of Education’s bullying and cyberbullying prevention partner. Each year Dr. Englander trains and supervises graduate and undergraduate students and collaborates with multiple agencies around the State of Massachusetts and across the nation.
She is the first recipient of the Presidential Fellowship at Bridgewater State University, and her expertise in children’s violence led to her appointment to the Advisory Boards for several organizations and to the Executive Committee for the mental health component of the Attorney General's Safe Schools Initiative under former Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly. She has collaborated with the Massachusetts State Senate in developing the anti-bullying legislation in Massachusetts and has testified as an expert before the Senate. She was chosen for the Massachusetts Campus Safety Task Force through the Department of Higher Education.