Just a decade ago, the most likely place to find children bullying their peers was on school playgrounds and in the halls.
Today, technology has created an entire new arena for students, as young as those in elementary school, to target and torment their fellow classmates: in on-line communities such as Facebook and via text messages.
On Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Chenery Middle School auditorium, Dr. Elizabeth Englander – who has been an important contributor to the national conversation on peer aggression in our schools and on-line – will speak on bullying and cyberbullying for Belmont parents. The talk is sponsored by the Foundation for Belmont Education.
A professor of Psychology and director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) at Bridgewater State University, Englander has trained students and educators across the Commonwealth and spoken to thousands of parents about her research, which examines all aspects of bullying and cyberbullying behavior throughout the school years.
The talk and discussion afterwards aims to help parents gain a better understanding of what bullying is and how they can work with their children and schools officials to prevent and respond to such situations that occur in person and on-line.
Questions can be submitted in advance of the presentation by clicking on this link:
For additional information on Belmont’s Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan, visit www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bpip