Free Parent Workshop on Bullying and Cyberbullying Nov. 13

Have you bought your child a smartphone? Thinking about it? If the answer to either of those questions is yes, you should attend our upcoming parent workshop on Bullying and Cyberbullying for students in schools in the South River Cluster (Mayo ES, Edgewater ES, Davidsonville ES, Central ES and Middle, and South River High). The event is free and open to the public. It will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13.

In September, a Florida girl jumped off a water tower to her death in the aftermath of extensive reported physical bullying and social media cyberbullying. In the aftermath of that tragedy, two of the girls accused of the bullying behavior were arrested. The girls, 12 and 14, were charged with felony stalking charges. The Sheriff also picked up the parents and is weighing charges against them.

You buy the device—you are responsible. It’s that simple.

bully_project_ver2_xlgBut it isn’t just about legal jeopardy. Our children are the first generation of social media-connected kids. We are the first generation of parents and we have to pave the way. We can do this. With the right information, we can be successful at this.

At the workshop, two parents, Tanya O’Rourke and Mitchelle Stephenson, will present a program on anti-bullying and cyber-bullying based off of materials from The Bully Project Toolkit. Then, school guidance counselors from the South River cluster of schools will be on hand to break out into work groups to answer parent questions and discuss the issues presented.

The parent presenters are asking that parents watch the film, “The Bully Project,” prior to attending the workshop. It is available for free on NetFlix, or Tanya or Mitchelle can drop the DVD at your home for a private—or neighborhood—viewing party.

Here’s an overview of the workshop:

  • Presentations on Bullying and Cyberbullying. What is it? How do I recognize it? How can I help my kids?
  • Breakouts sessions/Q&As with school Guidance Counselors
  • Learn your roles and responsibilities as parents
  • Find out what your school and AACPS is doing to prevent bullying and cyberbullying

Tanya and I can’t wait to see you at the event. We CAN and WILL make a difference in the lives of children in our community with our involvement and action on this issue. Come on out.

Also, just because this is being hosted at Davidsonville Elementary School doesn’t mean it isn’t for everyone. It is! We did it last year at South River High in the auditorium. We are just spreading the geographic love (and they offered).

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About Mitchelle Stephenson

I've gotta tell Mitchelle! Send your South County news tips, brag on your fab volunteers, talk traffic, police and fire or just say "howdy" to Mitchelle Stephenson, co-founding editor of the South River Source. Mitchelle@SouthRiverSource.com or reach me in person on mobile: 410-353-4706.

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