Register now! Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Social Networking: Battling Bullying in the Classroom, in the Gym, and on the Playing Field

Author: ASEP Marketing

12/16/2011

For many, “bullying” conjures up images of boys-being-boys, rights-of-passage antics that are neatly settled with a well-placed knuckle sandwich (think Ralphie and nemesis Scut Farkus). Today’s reality is that bullying is as prevalent as ever, but it takes different forms and its consequences are much more severe. And with the 24/7 worldwide reach of the Internet, it’s not relegated just to the playground. It’s hateful, hurtful, and, in some extreme cases, deadly. The verbal taunts and physical abuse drive bullying victims to lash out or withdraw completely, often with long-lasting mental, physical, academic, and social health ramifications.

Join us for the next installment in the ASEP Successful Coaching Webinar Series “Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Social Networking: Battling Bullying in the Classroom, in the Gym, and on the Playing Field,” scheduled for Thursday, February 2, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET. Led by renowned expert Dr. Dorothy Espelage of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, this free webinar will expose high school athletic directors, principals, coaches, teachers, youth sport coaches and administrators, and parents to the problem and provide participants with action-steps for preventing and responding to incidents of bullying.

Just some of the topics Dr. Espelage will cover in this hour-long webinar:

- Definition of bullying, forms that it takes (physical, verbal, social, sexual, hazing), and various contexts (school, sports, community, social media/text messaging/electronic)
- Myths debunked: “Kids have to learn to stand up for themselves in life” “Being bullied is character-forming” “It’s just a phase; they’ll grow out of it” “It doesn’t happen at our school”
- Why should we care? Negative effects of bullying on mental, physical, academic, social, and school/community health
- Bully/victim continuum: Who are the players and how does it continue to perpetuate?
- Bullying prevalence: A daily occurrence for many
- Action steps for identifying, preventing, policing, and punishing bullying behavior

Register now for this free webinar!

About the presenter, Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D.
Espelage is a Professor of Child Development and Associate Chair in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a 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, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Anderson; she has been quoted in the national print press, including Time Magazine, USA Today, and People magazine.