In the News: Bullying + Texting/Facebook

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Two recent suicides by 8th-grade girls in the state of Washington point out the potential deadly combination of bullying and social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.

As with many suicides, the victims’ rationales can be complex, but disturbing messages and online postings on Facebook and Instagram preceded the deaths of Anna Ishikawa and Isabelle Sarkinen.

Meanwhile the parents of Audrie Pott, a California teen who took her own life, after allegedly being raped and humiliated via texted photos, have filed a complaint against her school district – saying educators failed to address earlier bullying (the district denies that they received any reports).  The parents have also taken issue with the school for not expelling the alleged perpetrators, but the school says the incident did not occur on school grounds.  The parents’ attorney has said that the dissemination of at least one photograph did occur at school.

Now in its 7th year, the National Conference on Girl Bullying and Relational Aggression seeks to increase awareness of relational aggression issues among girls and the sometimes far-reaching consequences. Nationally known keynoters and more than 50 breakout presenters will provide tools and strategies to help educators and other professionals prevent and address bullying among girls.

Early registration closes April 30 for the 7th Annual National Conference on Girl Bullying and Relational Aggression.

SAMPLE BREAK-OUT SESSIONS:

(Sessions and speakers subject to change. Click to view full descriptions.)

Building Self-Esteem From the Inside Out
Debra Gano – Editor, BYOU “Be Your Own You” magazine
Session Focus: elementary, middle, high, agency, other

Making Parents Allies: Building and Maintaining a Parent Partnership
Stephanie Plain Potter, M.A., M.Ed. – Counselor, Author, Professor
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high, agency, other

Black Girl Blues: An Examination of Intra-Racial Bullying
Carolyn Strong, MAT, M.Ed. – Dean of Students & Julie Burnett, M.Ed., MS – Director of Curriculum
Session Focus: elementary, middle, high, agency

BFF: Be a Friend First
Andrea Bastiani Archibald Ph.D. – Developmental Psychologist, Girl Scouts USA
Session Focus: Middle

Dads Of Great Students (WATCH D.O.G.S.) Engage Men, Inspire Children, Reduce Bullying and Enhance the Educational Environment of Your School
Eric Snow – Executive Director WATCH D.O.G.S.
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

Name It, Claim It, Tame It: Conflict Resolution in the Girl’s World
Susan Lamke MS, PLPC – Senior Manager, Boys Town
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

Prevent Cyberbullying, Sexting, Social Media Issues & More
Richard Guerry, Executive Director, IROC2
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high, agency

Reduce Bullying, Harassment and School Safety Incidents: An Effective Online Reporting & Data Analysis System
Joe Bruzzese, M.A. – Founder, CEO Sprigeo
Session Focus: Middle, high

Ugly: The Story of a Bullied Girl
Kate MacHugh, MSW – Author, Speaker
Session Focus: Middle, high

Safe From Bullies, Saving Lives
Karyn Brownson, MSW – Trainer & Angela Rinaldo, MA – Training Director
Session Focus: Middle, high, agency

Girl Talk: A Group for Adolescent Girls
Rachel Collins, MS – Clinical Therapist
Session Focus: Middle, high, agency, other community agencies

You Don’t Have to be a “Mean Girl”: Helping School Age Girls with Relational Aggression
Felicia Shepherd, M.Ed. – Counseling Consultant
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

From Ugly Girls to Lifelong Friends
Nora Stanger, MS – School Counselor
Session Focus: Middle, high

Girl Bullying Trends and the Intervention Process
Nancy Wilkey – Sergeant, Orange County Sheriff’s Department & Lance Christensen – Deputy/SRO, Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high, agency

Choose Respect: Peer Presentation Programs
Laura Crain – Drug Free and Mentor Program Coordinator & Youth Panel
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

In Her Shoes
Marguerite Ferrara – Assistant Director of Education
Session Focus: Middle

Conflict Resolution in the Girl’s World
Susan Lamke, MS, PLPC – Senior Manager, Boys Town
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

Too Old For the Treasure Box: Using School Wide Positive Interventions and Support to Prevent Bullying at the High School Level
Rebecca Carrier, M.Ed. – Counselor & Tricia Peña Ed.D. – Principal
Session Focus: High

Just Talk About It: Suicide Prevention Toolkit
Missy Wall, LMSW, M.Div. – Director, Teen CONTACT
Session Focus: High

Suit Up! Equipping Young Girls to Defeat Bullying
Josh Drean – Youth Speaker
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

Girl Smarts
Dianna Flett LTC – Girl Smarts Founder
Session Focus: Elementary

Student Leaders: Bullying Prevention/Intervention Project
Corey Layne Psy.D. – School Psychologist
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

Your Daughter Sent What???
Jill Darling – Student Assistance Programs Director
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

Challenges of Dealing With Adolescent Female Aggression
Penelope Martin-Knox Ed.D. – Assistant Superintendent
Session Focus: Middle

Empowering Girls: Working to Better the Lives of Elementary and Secondary Girls in Rural Areas
Michelle Bruno Ph.D, LPC – Associate Professor
Lisa Hinkelman Ph.D, LPC – Executive Director
Session Focus: Elementary, middle

Girls Without Limits
Lisa Hinkelman Ph.D, LPC – Executive Director, Ruling Our Experiences
Lauren Hancock – Program Director, Ruling Our Experiences,
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high, agency

Creative Therapies as in Intervention for Bullying Victims
Jennifer Laffier Ph.D. Candidate – Professor
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high, agency

GLITZ & GLAM: Creating Resilient Girls Through “Girls School”
Georgia Montgomery M.ED. – School Counselor & Pamela Degges M.ED. – School Counselor, Therasa Launer M.ED. – School Counselor
Session Focus: Elementary, middle, high

Grown vs. Growing Up
Tysha Pittman Ed.S. – Guidance Counselor & La Tonya Johnson, M.A. – Guidance Counselor
Session Focus: Elementary

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