Bullying-Juvenile and Child Welfare Section Council Meeting


Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Massachusetts Bar Association
20 West St
Boston, MA, 02111


Jean Stevens

(617) 338-0641



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 psychology. 
     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.



Sponsoring Section:

Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Section

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