Parents Get a Lesson on Cyberbullying

Some 50 parents recently gathered at Davidsonville Elementary  for an informative workshop on Bullying and Cyberbullying.

Hosted by parents Tanya O’Rourke and Mitchelle Stephenson, the presentation provided helpful insights on what Bullying and Cyberbullying is, how to recognize it and how to help your kids.

O’Rourke and Stephenson were joined by States Attorney Anne Colt Leitiss along with school administrators including South River High principal Will Myers, Mayo Elementary principal Steve Gruebel, Central Middle principal Millie Beall, Davidsonville Elementary principal Jean Marie Hofstetter, Donna Cianfrani, area supervisor for the South River Cluster and guidance counselors from the respective schools.

During the workshop, O’Rourke and Stephenson also touched on parents’ roles and responsibilities and what Anne Arundel County Public Schools are doing to prevent bullying and cyberbullying. States Attorney Anne Colt Leitiss addressed the crowd about the legal angle and then parents broke out into Q&A sessions with the guidance counselors.

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“As a school counselor, as well as a mom, I want to get things right for our community,” said Colleen Isett, Davidsonville Elementary School’s guidance counselor. “We can’t look back on how our parents handled things and simply do the same for our children. Our parents didn’t have to worry about cyberbullying or cell phones.  I was thrilled to see so many parents willing to discuss the issue at the workshop put on by Tanya and Mitchelle.”

O”Rourke and Stephenson encouraged parents who have not already done so to watch the film “The Bully Project.” It is available for free on Netflix. Their presentation is based off the materials from The Bully Project Toolkit.

“We can and we will make a difference in the lives of our children in our community with our involvement and action on this issue,” said O’Rourke and Stephenson.

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About Cynthia Giorgio

I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to cynthia@southriversource.com or call me at 301-906-4767.

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