Evangeline S Pianfetti

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Cyber bullying

Research and Teaching in the Digital Age
sponsored by: the Department of Educational Psychology,
the Ubiquitous Learning Institute & the Mobile Learning Initiative

Seminar #2:

Cyber Bullying: What We Need to Know to Keep Our Student Safe

Dr. Dorothy Espelage
Join us in person: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 ~ Room 10 Education Building
11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Watch a live stream at: http://fss.education.illinois.edu/transformations/

Take a listen to Dr. Espelage talks about her seminar:
(Audio transcript)


Social media present unique opportunities for us all to communicate.  But have you ever stopped to consider where students are spending their time, how much time they are spending there, and what they may be doing or learning?  In this seminar, Dr. Dorothy Espelage will focus our attention on several different social media tools and discuss how it is critical that we understand the impact these tools may have on fostering conventional as well as new dimensions to bullying and sexual harassment.  The discussion will also bring to light the need for prevention programs to match the kinds of technologies with which our students are engaging at all grade levels.  Participants in this seminar will also have the opportunities to explore the social media sites discussed by Dr. Espelage and receive best practice examples from our Learning Technologies team on how to keep children safe in a networked world.


Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is a Professor of Child Development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  She is an University Scholar and has fellow status in Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.  She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University in 1997.  She has conducted research on bullying for 18 years and more recently has examined correlates of sexual harassment, dating violence, and homophobic teasing.  As a result, she presents regularly at regional, national, and international conferences and is author on over 90 professional publications.  She is co-editor of four published books including “Bullying in North American Schools:  A Social-Ecological Perspective on Prevention and Intervention” and “International Handbook of Bullying” published by Routledge.  She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology.  She has presented thousands of workshops and in-service training seminars for teachers, administrators, counselors, and social workers across the U.S.  Her research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming.  She is currently funded by the CDC and is conducting a randomized clinical trial of a bullying prevention program in 36 middle schools.  She authored a 2011 White House Brief on bullying among LGBTQ youth and attended the White House Conference.  She is also funded by National Science Foundation to develop better methods to assess bullying among adolescents.  Dr. Espelage has appeared on many television news and talk shows, including The Today Show; CNN; CBS Evening News; and The Oprah Winfrey Show and has been quoted in the national print press, including Time Magazine, USA Today, and People magazine.


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