OPEN MEETING: BULLYING AND CYBER BULLYING
Guest Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Englander who will discuss bullying and
cyber bullying and the prevention of it.
Massachusetts passed anti-bullying legislation in May 2010 and amended its
law in July 2013. The law, codified at M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O, requires schools to
implement strategies to prevent bullying, and to address bullying promptly and
effectively when it occurs.
Dr. Elizabeth Englander, a recognized expert in bullying and cyber-bullying,
directs Bridgewater State University’s Massachusetts Aggression Reduction
Center, an academic Center committed to a public health model for bullying and
cyberbullying prevention for Massachusetts. Dr. Englander will briefly present
on and encourage discussion of such topics as:
- What is bullying and what isn't, why bullying is
different from "just being mean".
- The interaction between bullying and cyberbullying;
why what happens online isn't "separate" in any substantial sense from what
happens in person and in school.
- Different kinds of kids engage in bullying and cyber bullying and being
mean. What do we know about "types" and their
Please join the Juvenile and Child
Welfare section for this free, informative discussion!
Please RSVP as space is limited.
More about Dr. Englander:
Dr. Elizabeth Kandel Englander graduated from
the University of California at Berkeley with Phi Beta Kappa and High Honors,
and completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern
California as an All University Merit Fellow. After being awarded a
National Institute of Mental Health Research Service Award to study at the
University of New Hampshire, she started teaching in the State University system
in Massachusetts and is now a professor of Psychology. She was awarded a
Presidential Fellowship to found and direct the Massachusetts Aggression
Reduction Center, which delivers free anti-violence and anti-bullying programs,
resources, and research to K-12 Education. Dr. Englander’s research and
publications are nationally recognized and she was named Most Valuable Educator
of 2013 by the Boston Red Sox because of her work in technological aggression
and how it interacts with peer abusiveness in general. She was the Special
Editor for the Cyberbullying issue of the Journal of Social Sciences, and has
authored about a hundred articles in academic journals and books. She is
the author of Understanding Violence, and of Bullying and Cyberbullying: A Guide
for Educators, recently released by Harvard Press. She has written three
research-based curricula and many educational handouts for communities and
professionals. Reflecting her interest in educating laypeople, Dr. Englander has
answered questions in a column for the New York Times (online edition), and she
writes the column Bullying Bulletin Board, which is syndicated by Gatehouse
Media in hundreds of newspapers nationwide.