Chagrin Falls, OH, March 06, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- In an effort to build community support, education and action around the issues of Cyberbullying among youths, the Where Our Kids Matter Foundation, in collaboration with Project Love-Purple America, announced today the inaugural National Day of Cyberbully Awareness. The event will be held onSunday, March 6th, 2011 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM, at Chagrin Falls Town Hall. The event is designed to bring together educators, community-based organizations, faith-based leaders, parents and students in an informal, informative and interactive forum to address what is being and can be done to reduce, if not eliminate, the destructive trend of cyberbullying among teens and pre-teens throughout the nation.
According to Where Our Kids Matter Executive Director and internet child safety advocate, Dustin Lopez, “Cyberbullying is far more insidious and destructive, in many ways, than face-to-face bullying. It is often anonymous, reaches a large audience with humiliating messages and images, and forces the recipient to suffer publicly without any chance to heal or get a break as long as they are connected to a phone or computer in any way. We have to take this on as a community, with awareness, education, and remedies that include consequences for the perpetrator not the victim”. With recent studies showing as many as one in every three children will be cyberbullied in their teen or pre-teen years, this event is a timely and potentially life-saving first step.
The event will be moderated by iNewsLocal founder, Jesse Weinberger, an internet and child safety advocate who is committed to making cyberbullying not just an issue, but a preventable crime. She will oversee a prestigious panel of speakers including Frankie Goldberg, Assistant Prosecutor, Cuyahoga County, Mark Pollock – Author of Generation “Friend Me”, Jill Rembrandt – Anti-Defamation League, Susan Borison – Editor of Your Teen Magazine, Steve Thompson – Superintendent of Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools, Nick Lehman – a parent of a child who was victimized by bullying online and others. They will share insight into what cyberbullying looks like, the many ways it can be destructive and even fatal, what efforts are being made locally and nationally to reduce cyberbullying and how schools, parents and the community can access existing tips, tools and existing policies to prevent youth from participating, as a victim or perpetrator, in cyberbullying. Along with the panel discussion, the event will be broadcast live to www.livestream.com/cyberbullyday for everyone to get involved. The foundation has issued a challenge to everybody on Facebook to use their status on the 6th to write a kind word about somebody, to promote positive internet behavior and combat bullying. This challenge was embraced by the NEA and Facebook Safety, www.facebook.com/cyberbullyday.
For more information on the National Day of Cyberbully Awareness or the issue of cyberbullying please visit www.cyberbullyday.com or contact Dustin Lopez at 216-245-5433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where Our Kids Matter Foundation
14839 Trappers Trail, Novelty, OH 44072
phone: 216.245.5433 | skype: lopez.dustin
web: www.cyberbullyday.com | facebook: facebook.com/cyberbullyday |