EDUCATION AND LEARNING

Cyberbullying author to speak at Appleton Library October 3

Posted Oct. 02, 2012, at 8:55 a.m.
Cyberslammed: Understand, prevent, Combat and Transform The Most Common Cyberbullying Tactics
Cyberslammed: Understand, prevent, Combat and Transform The Most Common Cyberbullying Tactics

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Appleton Library

For more information: appleton.lib.me.us

Appleton — Kay Stephens is a Midcoast author whose latest cyberbullying prevention book Cyberslammed, just launched this fall under the sponsorship of Time Warner Cable. Coinciding with October’s National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month, the book informs parents and educators of six specific cyberbullying tactics kids are using (including sexting and anonymous aggression) and how to understand, prevent, combat, and transform each one.

Cyberbullying is not a “one size fits all.” It is an ever-changing landscape with new tactics cropping up faster than parents and schools can keep up. What’s been missing from today’s cyberbullying resources are specific methods of defense around specific tactics. Cyberslammed incorporates digital ethics with conflict resolution, a psychological perspective of how and why cyberbullying occurs, and what constitutes potential criminal activity. The book offers practical, effective solutions to specific types of digital harassment that parents and educators can help students combat legally and safely.

Milton Ramirez, Ed.D, a past contributor to Pop!Tech, said in a news release, “If you have a teen or need to deal with online harassment, this book will do wonders. Practical exercises, tech tactics, and teen vocabulary help you understand the mindset of a bully.”

The presentation is geared primarily toward parents and educators of teens in fifth- to 12th-grade and teens this age are welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.cyberslammed.com or call the Appleton library at 785-5656 or visit appleton.lib.me.us.

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