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Neumann University to Host Cyberbullying Summit

Dr. Kathleen Conn
Dr. Kathleen Conn

Important update: The April 12 Cyberbullying Summit has filled to capacity, and there are no more seats available for the event; however, because this summit attracted so much interest, the University has decided to stream the proceedings live on its website. You can watch the entire summit on your computer. Visit the Neumann University website, www.neumann.edu, on April 12 at 9 a.m., and you will see a very visible link to the summit on our home page.


Neumann University, in collaboration with the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, will host a free Cyberbullying Summit on Tuesday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program is designed for educators, school administrators, wellness professionals, law enforcement personnel, high school student leaders and chaperones, and all individuals interested in curbing the current problems associated with cyberbullying.


The program will include sessions on "Recognizing and Reducing Cyberbullying in K-12 Schools," presented by Neumann’s Dr. Kathleen Conn, an attorney and nationally recognized expert on cyberbullying; "Criminal Investigation and Prosecution of Students Involved in Bullying/Cyberbullying," presented by Joseph Lesniak, assistant district attorney for Delaware County, and Lt. David Peifer, commander of the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce; and break-out sessions for student leaders and their chaperones.


Participants will learn the differences between bullying and cyberbullying, the reasons why youngsters cyberbully, signs that a student is being cyberbullied, the forensics of collecting evidence in cyberbullying cases, the potential liability for school personnel, details of criminal prosecutions currently underway, and methods to combat the problem.


In their break-out session, student leaders and their chaperones will discuss what schools should be doing to control the effects of cyberbullying. Michael D'Angelo and Donna Liu, both licensed professional counselors with the University’s Counseling Center for Wellness, and officers from the Delaware County District Attorney's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will facilitate this discussion.


The Summit will be held in Community Hall, located in the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development on the Aston campus in Delaware County. Admission is free, and lunch and snacks will be served.


Attendance is limited to 300. Call 610-558-5549 for more information; register online by clicking HERE or copy and paste the link listed below into your browser: http://neumannuniversity.wufoo.com/forms/registration-for-cyberbullying-summit/



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