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Below is a brief description of some of the common presentations that Drs. Patchin and Hinduja give. All of their presentations and workshops are highly-informative, relevant, fun, and interactive. There are ample opportunities to ask questions and receive advice on how to deal with specific problems you may have encountered. Note that they are extremely flexible - the time allotments and the content of these sessions can be easily customized to fit your needs. Each participant also receives helpful materials that serve as an invaluable resource afterwards. They also offer pre-designed flyer templates to help you advertise your program. All you need to do is insert your information and logo (as you prefer). Finally, they provide a post-assessment worksheet so that organizations can assess how much attendees learned and enjoyed our presentations.

Please see a few testimonials provided by organizations and individuals with whom we've worked.

For more information about any of these presentations, please fill out this form.

   
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KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Keynote Addresses

Both Dr. Hinduja and Dr. Patchin are available for keynote addresses for workshops, training sessions, or conferences. They have done keynotes that have been anywhere from 15 to 90 minutes in length for crowds ranging from 25 to over 1,200.

 

FOR SCHOOLS

Dr. Justin Patchin

Educator Briefing: Beginner
(60-75 minutes)

This presentation is designed to bring educators up to speed on the Internet-related issues facing adolescents today that may impact their classrooms. It covers a basic overview of the online technologies utilized by children and teens, and provides numerous real-world examples of cyberbullying that help to stress the seriousness of this problem. If you don't know much about cyberbullying (or even technology), this is the presentation for you.

   

Dr. Justin Patchin

Cyberbullying for Educators: Advanced
(60-90 minutes)

For those who already know what cyberbullying is, Drs. Hinduja and Patchin offer several presentations that dig into the information more deeply. They spend the majority of the time focusing intensely on one of the following topics: Cyberbullying Prevention, Responding to Cyberbullying, Legal Issues for Educators, and Social Networking and Sexting. In addition to these areas of emphasis, advanced presentation can be customized to the needs of your district.

Educator Briefing: Cyberbullying Prevention
Educator Briefing: Responding to Cyberbullying Incidents
Educator Briefing: Cyberbullying Legal Issues
Educator Briefing: Social Networking and Sexting

   

Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Half-day Educator Workshop
(3 classroom hours)

The half-day workshop is designed to be an "executive summary" of sorts. Much ground is covered in a short amount of time. Time is spent discussing what cyberbullying is, along with appropriate prevention and response strategies.

   

Dr. Justin Patchin and Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Full-day Educator Workshop (6 classroom hours)

This is our most popular workshop for educators. Schools can bring in either Dr. Patchin or Dr. Hinduja (depending on availability) to spend the day with teachers, counselors, and administrators. All aspects of cyberbullying are covered; that is, each of the Educator Briefings previously described is covered in detail. Plenty of time is available throughout the day to discuss issues specific to your district. After participating in this comprehensive workshop, educators will be able to:

  • Identify popular online environments among adolescents today and recognize various forms of cyberbullying;
  • Understand the potential emotional, psychological, and behavioral consequences of cyberbullying;
  • Identify how adolescents are using social networking Web sites and teach youth how to use social networking responsibly;
  • Know how to respond to cyberbullying incidents and the extent to which school personnel can get involved in cases that involve electronic communication (on or off campus);
  • Describe the current legal issues concerning cyberbullying;
  • Know the necessary elements of a comprehensive school cyberbullying policy;
  • Recognize warning signs and identify important strategies for preventing cyberbullying; and,
  • Much, much more.
   

School Climate 2.0

School Climate 2.0

This workshop is designed for school administrators, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other professionals who desire a comprehensive action plan to deal with cyberbullying, sexting, and unsafe social networking. Apart from providing foundational information, it will cover relevant legal principles and provide clarity from the courts as to when to intervene in incidents that originate off-campus. In addition, it will share recommendations for formal policy implementation and enforcement, as well as informal responses for all involved. A dominant and consistent theme throughout will be that it takes a coordinated effort to shape and enhance the existing social and relational climate within to improve attitudes and behaviors across the school. Towards this end, we encourage educators to marshal the powers of peer influence and school culture to curtail peer conflict, harassment, and other problem behaviors. Primarily, we will discuss specific, pragmatic school climate initiatives such as social norming, youth grassroots campaigns, peer mentoring, data-driven action plans, and multi-pronged policy and programming approaches by adults. The overall goal is to enlighten educators about the tremendous value inherent in a positive school climate, not only to enhance student achievement, success, productivity, and connectedness, but because it will produce students who are safe, smart, honest, and responsible both offline and online.

   
   

Bullying beyond the Schoolyard

Book Discussion Groups

The Center can help you use our books Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying or School Climate 2.0 to educate staff in your district. Each includes numerous supplemental staff development and discussion questions at the end of each chapter. You might convene a book discussion group where staff meet weekly or bi-weekly to discuss each section. This is often done in conjunction with an educator or community presentation: after everyone has read the book, either Dr. Hinduja or Dr. Patchin (depending on availability) can come to your district, supplement the written information with a multimedia presentation, and provide time for discussion and questions. If you are interested in ordering a large number of books, let us know and the Center will contact the publisher to obtain a discounted rate for you.

   

School Climate

Positive School Climate Programming

We work with public and private schools to implement a comprehensive program to cultivate a positive climate among students, teachers, and staff on campus. Specific interventions such as formal assessments, curriculum enhancements, student assemblies, faculty trainings, parent/community event(s), peer mentoring, social norming, student-led grassroots campaigns, and other initiatives are considered. Research has shown clearly that enhancing the social atmosphere of schools decreases peer harassment and other behavioral problems while also promoting student achievement, success, and productivity. We then conduct a post-test to determine how fruitful the efforts have been, and to provide guidance for continued school-specific programming.

   

Cyberbullying Research Center

Comprehensive Community-Wide Cyberbullying Program

Are you interested in a cyberbullying "full-court press"? Start by completing the "Cyberbullying Report Card" located on page 216 of our book. Once you have identified specific areas of concern, do something about them! Have key personnel read the book and respond to the discussion questions and staff development questions. Next, schedule a student assembly, full-day educator workshop, and corresponding community presentation for parents and other concerned stakeholders. Invite the community stakeholders to participate in a book discussion group convened by staff in the district who have already read the book, and evaluate their comprehension of the material. Following this intensive education, all parties involved should be on the same page and much better equipped to deal with most cyberbullying incidents.

 

 

 

FOR STUDENTS

Dr. Justin Patchin

Elementary Student Assembly
(45-60 minutes)

This presentation introduces elementary-aged students, usually 3rd, 4th, or 5th graders, to issues associated with the responsible use of technology. It encourages them to be open with their parents about what they are doing online, and teaches them to be wise when posting information or interacting with others on the Internet.

   

Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Middle/Intermediate School Assembly
(45-60 minutes)

In this presentation middle-school students learn that cyberbullying is not acceptable under any circumstances, and that any type of bullying is a serious matter. They also point out how cyberbullying is actually much easier to document and track than other forms of bullying and therefore is often more likely to lead to consequences. In addition, they encourage victims of cyberbullying or those who witness cyberbullying to talk to an adult they trust.

   

High School Assembly

High School Assembly
(45-60 minutes)

For students in high school, this presentation stresses the importance of online reputations and the (mis)use of Facebook and MySpace. Adolescents need to know that what they post or send in cyberspace will remain there for a long time - even after they delete those provocative pictures or inappropriate messages. It then covers the negative implications that stem from carelessness or foolishness on the Internet, and how it can affect athletic participation, college admission, work opportunities, and social relationships.

   

Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Student Leader Program
(60-90 minutes)

Designed for upper-class students in leadership roles, this interactive presentation empowers youth to take a stand against online cruelty and encourages key students to play a role in creating and maintaining a school culture that condemns bullying in all of its forms. It discusses in detail relevant issues of communication, integrity, and being a good role model.

   

 

OTHER PRESENTATIONS

Sexting and Cyberbullying Presentation

Sexting Presentation
(45-60 minutes)

Sexting is “the sending or receiving of sexually-explicit or sexually-suggestive images or video via a cell phone.” Most commonly, the term has been used to describe incidents where teenagers take nude or semi-nude (e.g., topless) pictures of themselves and distribute those pictures to others using their cell phones. The images are often initially sent to romantic partners or interests but find their way into the hands of others, which ultimately is what creates major problems. We provide examples and share stories about this trend, and discuss why youth participate in it from a emotional, psychological, and developmental perspective. We also then discuss the latest research findings and cover the legal and criminal issues that are implicated. Finally, we share in detailing what schools and families can do to prevent and respond to sexting incidents.

   

How to Use Facebook Wisely - Hinduja and Patchin

Safe and Responsible Social Networking Presentation
(45-60 minutes)

This presentation is designed for youth professionals who want to help adolescents make wise choices when participating on Facebook and similar social networking sites. First, a foundation of the positives of online social networking is laid while also exploring the developmental, emotional, and psychological reasons why teens have gravitated towards extensive communication in these environments. Then discussed are a number of hard-hitting case studies that illuminate how youth have carelessly or unwittingly sabotaged their future and undermined their athletic participation, college admission, work opportunities, and social relationships through unwise postings and Internet use. Finally, guidance is provided as to how to work with this population to enhance positive and appropriate interaction online.

   

Teen Girls Sexting Facebook Cyber bullying

Adolescent Girls and their Online Experiences
(120 minutes)

Adolescent girls tend to participate in more indirect, less visible forms of bullying, including psychological and emotional harassment (e.g., rumor spreading and other forms of relational aggression). Given the fact that the vast majority of cyberbullying behaviors involve these indirect forms of harassment, it makes sense that most research suggests that girls appear equally as likely to be active participants - as either targets or aggressors. This presentation discusses the ways, reasons, and contexts in which girls engage in online cruelty towards others based on quantitative and qualitative data collected from thousands of randomly-selected youth. Attention is also given to girls' use of Facebook, FormSpring, YouTube, and other platforms - and how what they post and share may open themselves up to embarrassment, disgrace, defamation, and other forms of victimization. By way of many case studies and examples, as well as a focus on self-respect, dignity, integrity, and locus of control, attendees will learn how best to encourage adolescent girls to protect themselves, their reputation, and their content in cyberspace.

   

Pause Before You Post

Pause Before You Post: What Students Need to Know About Web-based Personal Publishing
(45-60 minutes)

Teens are the primary producers of web content, and continue to publish their ideas, experiences, stories, observations, and opinions on blogs, web journals, or personal profile pages (e.g., on Facebook). Additionally, they publish the pictures they take, the music and videos they produce, and many other forms of artistic, creative, intellectual, and social expression. While they are well-familiar with the benefits, teens must become aware of the inherent risks in personal publishing so that they can enjoy it in a safe, responsible, and productive manner. Through real-world and online examples, this presentation sets parameters and guidelines for electronic content made and shared by adolescents, and covers in depth the aspects of audience, anonymity, permanence, copyright, and free speech. Its overall goal is to induce youth to "check themselves before they wreck themselves" through self-reflection prior to their personal publishing.

   
   
   
FOR THE COMMUNITY

Dr. Justin Patchin

Parent and Community Presentation
(60-75 minutes)

Designed for parents and community partners, this presentation provides a broad overview of adolescent technological concerns, including social networking Web sites and cyberbullying. The specific content of the presentation can be customized to the interests of the group. This is a perfect presentation for libraries, parent/teacher groups, churches, and other neighborhood groups.

   
   
   
TESTIMONIALS

hinduja patchin cyberbullying presentation

Below are a few testimonials from attendees at our workshops and presentations.

Your seminar on Cyberbullying was one of the best seminars that I have attended in several years. The information was very pertinent to my middle school students and very up to date. This made the seminar very relevant. Also, that fact that you allowed us plenty of opportunities to ask questions and have discussions on the different topics you were talking about. You treated us all like professionals, with respect. Barbara Zarzycki, Mohave Valley Elementary School District

Dr. Patchin, wow, what a tremendous presentation!!!! Such energy and passion you have for protecting children. The remarks and evaluations for your class were through the roof. I can definitely see us asking you to come back and present again. Les Kerr, Unit Chief, Law Enforcement Relations Unit, United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri

Dr. Hinduja's workshop on cyberbullying was one of the highlights of our first-ever Answers Summit.  Numerous contributors mentioned to me that they found the presentation insightful and appreciated hearing from one of the foremost experts in the field.  If we knew that our contributors would have so many questions for Dr. Hinduja we would have increased the time allotted for his workshop.  Not only did Dr. Hinduja educate our community about the issue of cyberbullying but he provided pertinent real-life examples of the practice and offered suggestions for combating the problem.  I would recommend him to any online community which would like to stop this destructive behavior. Matthew Crowder, Community Coordinator, Answers.com

I enjoyed your cyberbullying workshop in North Carolina today.  It was very well organized, clear, and reflected your obviously extensive knowledge of the subject.  You also responded to questions very sensitively, and I was particularly impressed with how respectfully you interacted with [a sixteen-year-old in the audience].  As I told you at the end, of the hundreds of professional presentations I've heard in my 37 year career, yours was clearly in the top 5%.  I've also ordered your book and look forward to learning more about this important subject. C. Drew Edwards, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Child Psychologist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology, Wake Forest University

Dr. Sameer Hinduja has pieced together a very informative and professional research study pertaining to cyber bullying, which should be perused by all teachers, administrators, and district supervisors throughout the world.  In his esteemed research he offers tremendous insight into and support for the lives of our youth of today.  Raising awareness of cyber bullying is a must!  Thanks to Dr. Hinduja’s work, we move forward to teach the users of technology to use the internet more and more responsibly. Michael Busekrus, Principal, St. John Vianney School, Kailua, HI

The State of Maryland was fortunate to receive funding from the Anti-Defamation League to host a one-day workshop for educators on the prevention of cyber bullying.  The Maryland State Department of Education jointly hosted the training in one of our local school systems with representatives from all school systems in Maryland being invited. Dr. Sameer Hinduja provided an enlightening and engaging keynote address.  He is extremely knowledgeable on the topic, engages his audience, and uses humor to deliver his message on this very serious topic.  Evaluations from the day rated his presentation highly.  I highly recommend him as a presenter.  Please do not hesitate to contact me at (410) 767-0311 if you would like more information. Charles J. Buckler, Director, Student Services and Alternative Programs Branch, Maryland State Department of Education

I found your presentation insightful, informative, and eye opening. I recommend anyone who can attend this workshop should attend. You will not regret attending this session. Deborah Washington, Family Liaison at Aurora West Academy with Aurora Public Schools, Aurora, CO

When it comes to the subject of cyberbullying, Sameer is a “rock star.” He not only knows this subject inside out, but is able to share his knowledge and relate to his audiences on an amazingly human level. Our high school peer trainers not only walked away with the tools to address and counter cyberbullying…….they walked away feeling as if they had made a friend. A good one! We are already planning on bringing Sameer back to Arizona. Bill Straus, Arizona Regional Director, ADL

Dr. Hinduja's presentation was just what we needed.  He did an excellent job of connecting with our 650 middle schoolers; he spoke their language and got the message across that quick electronic messages can have a lasting impact on others, as well as on one's own future.  His evening presentation with the parents was especially informative.  With visual aids and handouts, Dr. Hinduja did an outstanding job of covering the world of social networking sites and then responding to their questions and concerns.  Overall, we were very pleased, and are even talking about having him come and speak again some time. Tammy Stamm, Assistant Head of Middle School, Pine Crest School, Boca Raton

Dr. Sameer Hinduja did an excellent job during recent presentations at the Indian Valley Local Schools in Ohio. He spoke to all of our students in grades four through twelve as well as to administrators, counselors, computer teachers and other staff members. In addition, he conducted an evening session with parents. The positive feedback we received from all of these groups indicated that Dr. Hinduja opened a lot of eyes about the ever-growing problem of cyberbullying. His statistics and case scenarios were on target for each audience. Most importantly, he supplied every audience with specific strategies for keeping safe in cyberspace. Our district plans to follow up on this issue by implementing many of the suggestions he covered, especially in the area of working closely with parents to stem the growing tide of cyberbullying incidents. I would recommend Dr. Hinduja's presentation to all school districts across the country. Janis Hunter, Curriculum Director, Indian Valley School District

Your presentation was the most informative presentation I've heard on the behaviors today's students are subjected to. Your objective, calm and thorough summary of the pervasive reach of cyberbullying in the lives of our children was instructive. Teachers, school board members and parents who are not aware of the complexity of this topic would benefit from hearing your presentation. Debbie Martin, Human Resources, Brooks School

The School District of Lee County thanks Dr. Hinduja for an outstanding workshop on cyberbullying.  The audience included school and district administrators, attorney for the schools, school resource officers from law enforcement agencies, teachers and counselors. He provided exceptional information to a group that had a variety of needs without losing any of his audience. By using a mixture of powerpoints, videos and group activities, he kept everyone engaged, on task and communicated a wealth of pertinent and timely information." Jean Campbell, Coordinator, Safe & Drug-Free Schools, School District of Lee County

Thank you for a very informative, insightful presentation.  I plan on taking this information and helping to make our school district a more cyber-friendly place. School Counselor, Duluth, Minnesota

Dr. Hinduja's presentation on cyberbullying did a great job of outlining issues caused by new technologies. School professionals need to be aware of the problems so that they can be addressed in an appropriate way. Dr. Hinduja had great suggestions for both prevention of problems and steps to take when problems occur. Greg Galtere, Principal, Boyertown Junior High West, Boyertown, PA

I wanted to thank you for information that you provided to us in the presentation on "Sexting." As a law enforcement professional working in the school system we are seeing a uprise in the number of incidents occurring with cyber crimes. The information that you provided was easily understood and showed others in the audience what we are dealing with and what can be done to educate or youth and parents.” You most certainly have spent many hours of research that educated me as well as others in the presentation you provided! Thank you again for the valuable information. Adam Heath, School Resource Officer and Patrol Officer, Abingdon Police Department.

Your presentation was not only interesting, but it redirected the way I have been looking at the issue. I'm not the only one. I have seen all sorts of emails going back and forth from people that are looking at this in a new light. I have seen a flow of fresh ideas on how we should deal with these situations. What you do makes a difference. Thank you for that. Myra Binnicker, Answers.com Quality Program Coordinator

Dr. Hinduja's session was such an eye opener for me because it made me realize that school attendance is not just a simple problem. There are so many complex aspects of why children do not come to school daily. The session on cyberbullying put school attendance at a much deeper level for me. Based on what I learned my colleagues and I are in the process of preparing forums for students, parents, and school staff on the topic of cyberbullying. This is an important topic that all need to be aware of. We don't want any more innocent youth hurting themselves or taking their lives because of this. Thanks Dr. Hinduja you are truly a genius in this area and I'm sure your research has helped a lot of kids and will continue to help them in the future. Dr. Tanya Williams, Coordinator of Attendance and Truancy, Baltimore City Public Schools

Recently I was privileged to attend a seminar on cyberbullying presented by Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D. It was two hours extremely well-spent. Dr. Hinduja is an engaging speaker and an expert on this topic. I found myself completely entranced and will be much more alert to this pervasive kind of bullying. I would highly recommend this seminar to students, parents and educators. Karyn Tercy, Counselor, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu, HI

I just wanted to thank you again for your excellent presentations to our students, teachers and parents. Your information was so helpful. Many students in the Middle School learned new information and had great discussions after they heard your presentation. The Upper School students’ feedback was complimentary – the 12th grade Lead Advisor told me that in some discussions students said that they "cleaned up" their Facebook pages after hearing you. They also appreciated your tone with them – they said you talked to them as "one of them" and were not "preachy." Also, they felt open to receive your information because you knew what you were talking about. Your presentation was one of the most well received, across all groups, of any that we have had at our school. You receive my highest recommendation. Thank you again. Rita Feild, School Counselor, Palmer Trinity School, Miami, Florida.

This was the most useful workshop I have attended in 13 years as an educator. The information about cyberbullying was current, relevant and engaging. Dr. Hinduja's delivery style is easily engaging and authoritative about this subject matter. The workshop inspired me to create a workshop for my staff and students about this important and unfortunately very real topic. Kim Hemingway, Flagstaff High School Counselor, Flagstaff, Arizona

Thanks for a really good workshop. This was the first one in awhile during which I didn't spend time thinking about how I could escape. As a fellow educator, I'm sure you can relate to the experience of sitting in continuing education seminars that you can't wait to get out of. :) Genelle Clark, Bethany Academy English Department

Thank you so much for the time you spent with the students at our school. Several parents and the Principal of our school, Ms. Rogers, told me stories of how you impacted our kids. One 8th grade girl who rarely says anything about her day at school, jumped in the car and said "Mom, we had the most amazing speaker today!" Another 8th grader had the bad idea to talk meanly about a 7th grader that night on Facebook and the 7th grader followed your advice to gather evidence and printed it out and brought it to the principal the next day. Game over! My son who had been arguing with me about me having access to get on his Facebook agreed to let me be his "friend" on that web site. He also went into his account and took himself off several networks and changed his privacy settings to "friends only" as per your advice. Your specific advice and wonderful demeanor touched so many of our children today. We look forward to bringing you back to our school again and again. Your advice is invaluable to children of all ages. Kirsten Flegel, VP Middle School PSTA, North Broward Preparatory School

Cyberbullying is posing a dangerous threat to the youth of our nation, mostly because of the unknown nature of the beast. Most of the adults working in the school system do not understand social networking sites, and other outlets that students are using for online bullying and harassment. Dr. Hinduja's presentation provides the knowledge and preventive education
that school staff and administrators need to tackle this problem, and try to get a grip on it, as it is already spinning wildly out of control. Their website is a wonderful tool for school staff, parents and students to learn about online safety, both in the preventive and reactive stages of cyberbullying and online harassment. Lori Devon Shapiro, Bullying Violence Prevention Program, Office of School Climate and Safety, School District of Philadelphia

Drs. Hinduja and Patchin are not only the most knowledgeable team in the field of cyberbullying right now, they are the most engaging and fun. Their thorough discussion of the legal history of cyberbullying and free speech is fascinating, and is an essential building block of knowledge for educators and policymakers. Furthermore - at a time when keeping our kids safe while socializing online is more important than ever before - they share and detail practical strategies and solutions that school districts can and should implement today. Erika Dauber, Communications Consultant, The Ophelia Project

Thank you for sharing your expertise and your research on Cyberbullying with the District Safety and Security Directors at the March Statewide Meeting. Your presentation was most relevant to the audience of both law enforcement officers and educators. As a matter of fact, it served as a catalyst to begin the necessary dialogue needed between all agencies so that we can address the most potentially dangerous behaviors that occur all to often in our schools and communities. You communicated most eloquently and so effectively, the importance of being skillful with technology, so that we can responsibly understand and monitor the online environments of our youth. We hope that you will accept our invitation to attend future meetings. Our future forums will be designed so that we will share the unique best practices and lessons learned that relate to the Cyberviolence incidents we experience in our respected roles. Kim Mazauskas, Bullying Prevention/Intervention Coordinator, School District of Palm Beach County, Florida

At a time when technology has become the lifeline for our kids, Dr. Hinduja's eye-opening, educational presentation on cyber bullying, social networking, and online safety is critical for teachers, parents, counselors, and anyone who deals with children. Wanda W. Finnie, Esq., Special Projects Administrator, Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department.

Dr. Hinduja, your presentation on cyberbullying was awesome! Your insight and passion to protect our children were clearly transmitted. I believe it is very important to be aware, informed and close to our children in order to avoid unwanted consequences. Thanks for working towards a safer world! Deborah Hamui, Founder of Sleep'n Sync - helping children achieve their goals.

Dr. Patchin's presentation and resources on the topic of cyberbullying are the best I've seen on the topic. His work is much more effective than the typical "Internet safety" program in that he focuses on cyberbullying, a common occurrence among students, instead of deflecting the discussion to blame technology or highlight the edge cases of sexual predators. Dr. Patchin is right up there with danah boyd and Nancy Willard in his knowledge, experience, and passion with the topic of youth and technology. He has a great presentation style with a ton of great information to share. John Pederson Educational Technology Liaison - WiscNet

My principal and I saw you a few years back. Recently my daughter, a 7th grader, came home and spoke of your presentation. First of all she doesn't share much about school so the fact she shared this was impressive. Secondly, it sounded like your presentation was very concrete and realistic - "I know you are going to do this so here's how you can and still be safe" was the message that my daughter took away. I shared this with our school's safe culture committee and they are interested in hearing how we can get a similar presentation at our school. Mother of 7th grade girl in Wisconsin

I found the workshop extremely interesting, scary, and informative. The information was given in a concise and organized manner. All information was timely in nature. The consequences of improper use were totally shocking. Our children and society must be taught to be aware of the dangers, and must learn to use the Internet responsibility. Bullying in any form must be stopped. We need an organized and consistent curriculum to help our children of today understand this very powerful tool they have at their disposal and parents must ensure its proper use. Monitoring the internet at several different levels is critical. The presentation was wonderful and professionally done. Donna Eldredge, Assistant Principal, H. L. Johnson Elementary School

Dr. Hinduja presents information that is relevant to his audience in a way that educates without using fear tactics. His statistics grab the attention of the audience and show situations of which all parents and educators need to aware. Most important is that he suggests realistic techniques to help combat cyber bullying. Dr. Rosemary Daniels, Head of The Weiss School

The workshop on Cyberbullying offered at NAU was informative and timely. I work with 7th and 8th graders, and "drama" is a very big part of their lives. You gave me tools that I will share with them so that they may be safe as they travel the cyber highway. The format of the workshop was refreshing. We were treated as professionals with respect and dignity, the opportunity to ask questions and share some experiences was very valuable. Wilma Robillard-Hoffman, Middle School Teacher, Mohave Valley School District

Dr. Hinduja's presentation on cyberbullying was fantastic.  I have been looking for more concrete and statistical information on this subject so that I can take the information to the parents of our local schools.  Sameer provided that and more.  As soon as I left the presentation I ordered his book he wrote with his colleague, Dr. Patchin, Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard.  Thanks again for your wonderful research. Jennifer Hultberg, Community Educator, Crime Victim Center of Erie County, Inc.

I appreciate you taking the time to present to us at the Safe School Institute. The information you brought was extremely eye opening. I have known about cyberbullying; however, I did not realize the extent to which this is happening. As an administrator it is important to understand what is going on with our students. You gave me a better understanding so that I am better prepared as this new year begins. Sherri Graham, Assistant Principal, Loggers' Run Middle School

I attended the Cyberbullying training yesterday afternoon. WOW! it was a real eye opener. Talk about “you don’t know what you don’t know”. I am looking forward to follow-up sessions and more information to use with teachers, parents and students. Your team did an awesome job! Sharon Broderick Hench, Principal, H. L. Johnson Elementary School

We were fortunate in Nassau County, Florida to bring Dr. Hinduja to our middle schools as part of a Learn 'n Serve grant.  After meeting with students in classrooms, club meetings and assemblies, Dr. Hinduja was able to bring our county's dialogue about cyberbullying to a different level.  He was flexible about the setting he spoke in, the size of the audience he spoke to, the time he was allowed to present in, and the busy schedule required of him.  Administrators appreciated having a copy of his book as a resource, students appreciated his real world cyber experiences, and I appreciated his passion for and expertise of his subject.  Keep up the good work, Dr. Hinduja!  Your message is going to continue to be relevant for youth, teachers and administrators for years to come.   Kim Clemons, Project Manager, Office of Intervention and Prevention, Nassau County School District

The handouts, Q&As, and use of the big interactive screen were very helpful. These guys were to the point, did not waste our time with fillers, and left us with enough curiosity to go home and search out these sites to become familiar with them. We NEED to stay in step with our teens and adolescents as they mature into young adults. Janelle Taylor, Social Worker, Tift County

The presenters were excellent and make a great team. School Counselor, Lenox, GA

I was shocked at the statistics presented to us and was unaware how prevalent cyberbullying is today. The conference was very informative and I feel I am much better prepared to face this issue in my classroom. Maria Valencia, Northern Arizona University

Great information - hope to use this information to inform parents and incorporate some into our safety lessons for our 4th and 5th graders. Staci Haire, Elementary Counselor, Lowndes County Board of Education

Dr. Hinduja was a captivating speaker. His passion for keeping all of us safe online, but especially for protecting young children, is contagious. The teachers and administrators loved Dr. Hinduja's key note address . Many teachers left the conference telling me that this was the best professional development they had been to! Three days later the school district was still a buzz about the conference and our wonderful lineup of speakers, but especially Dr. Hinduja. Philene Harte-Weiner, Associate Director, Education, Anti-Defamation League, Miami, FL.

Very interesting workshop. I learned so much about cyberbullying, especially about the laws as it relates to this issue. I definitely have a better understanding of cyberbullying now. Thanks! Deirdre Nixon, School Counselor, Tifton, GA

I am a doctoral student writing my dissertation in the area of cyberbullying and was attracted to this seminar because Dr. Hinduja has written so many of the cutting-edge research papers on this topic.  His website is the leading site in this field for informative and helpful material for educators, parents, students, and policy makers.  His seminar was engaging, educational, and provided participants with a full "tool box" of materials to help understand and begin to address the issue of cyberbullying.  Jenny Walker, Department of Educational Psychology, Arizona State University

I attended a Cyberbullying Conference at the University of Penn on April 27, 2010. Before arriving, my expectations were not that high as I anticipated hearing the same message that I have heard at other conferences on this issue, "The Internet is dangerous," "Protect your kids - limit their usage," "Don't let them use Facebook." However, within a few minutes of hearing Sameer speak, I was encouraged that the message he presented was going in a different direction. He was not trying to "taint" the Internet or discourage it's use. Rather, he promoted the importance of open dialog with our children and education on proper use. He highlighted the need for adults to be "safe havens" where children feel they can go when a problem does arise on the Internet, without the fear that they, as the victim, would be punished by losing their access to technology. He didn't only talk about cyberbullying as being a problem, but he offered solutions. Good, applicable guidelines that educators, parents and
students alike could implement. I appreciate the work he is doing in this field and his willingness to share many resources -for free - with others. I left the conference with a renewed sense of hope in being able to offer valuable feedback and resources not only to the youth and families that I work with, but to my own family as well. Elizabeth J. T. Valdez, M.Ed., N.C.C., L.P.C., Student Assistance Program Consultant, Pennsylvania Counseling Services

I personally had the opportunity to observe Sameer Hinduja speak at the University of Pennsylvania in the spring of 2010. His presentation was the most comprehensive and on target resource that I have found on the topic of cyber-bullying. His doctrine is supported with a strong research base as well as a youthful perspective. His philosophical approach on how to deal with cyber bullying makes sense. He provides convincing evidence and insights that will ignite a paradigm shift on one's approach to addressing cyber-bullying. Dr. Detrick McGriff, Haverford High School, Philadelphia, PA

I was so pleased with Dr. Hinduja's presentation at our Cyber Crime conference. "Bring him back" was the overwhelming opinion expressed. He offered a well-planned and well-executed presentation. His passion is contagious. The participants came away with information relevant to their jobs as well as practical solutions to cyberbullying. I would welcome any opportunity to work with Dr. Hinduja in the future. Denise Dew, MSW, Conference Coordinator, Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol/Washington County, VA Inc.

While at the National Girl Bullying Conference I attended the "Cyberbullying Among Adolescent Girls" general session. Dr. Hinduja's was very humorous, laid-back but yet very informative. I appreciated his speaking approach because it kept me alert and I was not bored with statistics. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about his work. It instantly inspired me to learn as much as I can on the topic, which is why, I immediately changed my schedule to be sure I attended his "Safe Social Networking and Adolescent Girls: Best and Worst Practices" session. Although I was aware of cyberbullying I was taken aback by the statistics of the common practice it has become, age of victims and aggressors, but most of all the intensity of the abuse. I appreciate the generosity of allowing us to access his free resources; it is a great help in implementing education and change amongst our youth. I walked out of the sessions with a new way of looking at combating the problem: technology is not the enemy but has to be our ally. I look forward to going back and building our blogs and chat rooms for our groups! Elvia Pace, Mi Carrera Coordinator, YWCA San Antonio

I really enjoyed this workshop. Cyberbullying is a topic that needs some light shed on it. I was excited to see something brought to our area. Seeing the legal ramifications is eye-opening and it's all great information to pass on to the youth that we work with as well as our co-workers. Kitzi Woodard, Case Manager, Frontier Health/Highlands Juvenile Detention Center

I was highly impressed with your presentations on cyberbullying at the workshop in Virginia. You are a tremendous expert on this topic and hope to stay in touch as we roll out our program for girls. We are taking the approach of a "girl-led" advocacy program. After hearing you speak, it started to become clear that this problem must be solved in part by including our young people in the solution. In fact, we have to start with them. Our vision is to help young women find their voice and show them how to use it effectively to make a difference on cyberbullying. Jean Burke Young, Advocacy, Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians

Dr. Hinduja's cyberbullying and cyber safety presentation to the middle school youth in our county was right on target for this age group. His stories and insight hit home with the youth as he speaks their language and knows how they think. He gave clear examples of problems youth are encountering along with easy to use tips that youth can utilize to keep safe. Additionally, his presentation to parents and educators was a real 'eye-opener.' His explanations and stories received high marks in our county as he helped get adults up-to-speed on the latest technology news in regards to teenage communication. Becky Carlson
Assistant Director, Center for Prevention and Counseling, Newton, NJ

Sameer Hinduja's presentation on cyber bullying was thorough, well delivered, articulate, informative, and helpful. Despite the horrific content, what cyber bullying is and the tragic consequences there have been and could be if we do not act decisively and compassionately as educators and parents, Sameer presents with the eye on positive change and ultimate idealism. He is clearly passionate about this topic and it is imperative that as many educators and parents as possible learn about this extremely disturbing aspect of technology in our world today. Sameer is in a unique position as Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center to be able to give us accurate and relevant information in a manner that is both compelling and supportive. Amy Tai, Director of Community and Diversity, The Chestnut Hill School

I could not more highly recommend Dr. Hinduja. He combines cutting edge academic research and knowledge with an engaging and inspiring communication style. You come away from his presentations feeling energized and empowered. Holli Levinson, Education Project Director, Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region

At this moment Sameer is one of the premier speakers on the issue of cyberbullying and sexting with adolescents and young adults. He is personable and easily connects with young people. His technophile perspective makes students feel that he is an advocate for their technological reality. He helps parents bridge the gap to understanding their "Internet Generation Child." Sameer will provide deep understanding to the ever changing technological reality our children must navigate. Detrick McGriff, Ed. D, Seventh Grade Principal, Haverford Middle School

I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Hinduja present at our Safe Schools Conference in the fall and I knew it would be an excellent opportunity for my students, staff and community. I invited him to my school to share his expertise with our students during two different presentations and he was available for a teacher roundtable and a community meeting in the evening. He shared real world experiences, data and made connections for the students and parents highlighting the importance of internet safety and etiquette. His passion for cyber-safety and his ability to relate to students, teachers and parents made the presentation extremely valuable! E. L. Mitzel, Jr., Principal, Pikesville High School

Sameer Hinduja’s presentations were a resounding success at CCDS; they were worth every dollar we spent to bring him to our school. In an intense morning, Sameer gave three distinct and powerful presentations. While the subject was the same, Dr. Hinduja skillfully tailored his presentation for each session – parents, high school students, and middle schoolers – in a way that was engaging and informative. Students loved the real time polling and real life examples. Conversations carried on for days after Dr. Hinduja left campus. The Cyberbullying Research Center and Dr. Hinduja are terrific resources for anyone who works with adolescent students and their parents. Stephanie Luebbers, Head of Upper School, Cincinnati Country Day School

Dr. Sameer Hinduja educated Williston students on Tuesday (and a gathering of parents the evening before) about the clear and present dangers of teenage use of social media. An expert in his field, Dr. Hinduja's deceptively youthful appearance gained him quick credibility with our students—a hip college professor connects well with those in middle and upper school. One aspect of his message was not especially new: Electronic postings last a lifetime even if "taken down" from original sites. Yet the advice he gave students was newly framed for them. Dr. Hinduja also focused as well on the world of cyberbullying, interspersing his lecture with YouTube videos made by teens who have suffered from the humiliating effects of campaigns waged against them. Robert W. Hill, Head of Schools, Williston Northampton School, Easthampton, MA

Thank you for sharing valuable information about the relationship between cyberbullying and teens. Working in a middle school, our students are constantly faced with issues connected to Twitter and Facebook posts. As student support staff, we are working hard to help our students manage cyberbullying and assist them in stopping the cycle of bullying. Our school is planning a 'No Namecalling Week' and we will incorporate some of your resources to support our efforts to stop cyberbullying in our community. Heather Yeo, Alternative Education Coordinator and PBIS Coach, Dunloggin Middle School, Ellicott City, MD

In looking for a featured speaker for our annual conference, I immediately thought to contact the Cyberbullying Research Center as it has become my "go to" place for the latest research and practical information on cyberbullying. Sameer Hinduja's presentation to our diverse audience of educators, law enforcement agents, and social service providers was informative, engaging, and extremely well-received. Participants across the board rated the presentation as Excellent" (with some people putting several stars next to their ratings), praising Sameer as being knowledgeable, passionate, genuine, intelligent, and practical. We loved the balance of research, analysis of relevant legal cases, text polling, videos, and practical solutions focusing on creating a positive school climate. The only downside is that he is going to be a hard act to follow in our future events! Amanda B. Nickerson, Ph.D., Director, University at Buffalo's Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention

I recently attended the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention conference, Understanding and Addressing Cyberbullying. I was excited to hear the featured speaker, Dr. Sameer Hinduja share his insights and understanding of this timely and complex issue facing our youth. As a school counselor with many years of experience working with young people, I believe this is one of the most challenging issues we face today. As an anti-bullying trainer, I have utilized Dr. Hinduja’s website to illustrate the current data trends in cyberbullying and to link my colleagues to the resources it provides. To have an opportunity to listen to and learn from Dr. Hinduja, in person, was valuable and educational, as well as entertaining. I would encourage educators at all levels to seize the opportunity for themselves. James Traver, School Counselor, Gates Chili Middle School, Rochester, NY

You presented authentic information that directly related to our current generation of teens. Your presentation highlighted honestly that, "Technology is not part of their life... it is their life." That is a simple, but profound, statement. Listening to your keynote was informative and empowering. Information was empirically vetted and practical strategies or positions were shared to enable principals to take action. Mark Schultz, Principal, Pioneer High School

It was a pleasure working with and hearing Dr. Sameer Hinduja's presentation on cyberbullying. Not only was his information relevant for the group of 13-18 year olds he presented to, his presentation style was very down-to-earth and non-threatening to our students. With this approach, he was able to open a dialogue with them about the proper use social networking rather than patronizing them about it. He also presented to many of our parents who walked away with useful tools to help protect their kids in the cyber world. I highly recommend Dr. Hinduja for any event, his knowledge and demeanor are a perfect combination to be effective across all forums. Krystal Watson, Orlando

Sameer's presentations to students, faculty, and parents were all well-received. Students felt they could relate well to Dr. Hinduja. He understood the significance of technology in their lives and was respectful of them. He was funny and charismatic and connected with the kids appropriately. Sameer was able to deliver his message in a way that was accessible to all. One student compared the presentation to a similar one at her previous school and said that Sameer's was so much better because he understands and relates to adolescents so well. Probably the greatest testimonial to the effectiveness of his message is that students and faculty related that they checked and changed their Facebook settings and culled their friends list as a result of the assembly. Parents were very thankful to receive information in a way that could open up communication channels with their children. Sameer does not use scare tactics but simply presents the challenges and opportunities of social networking in an authentic and accessible way. David Rost, Dean of Students, Concord Academy

Sameer Hinduja is a brilliant and engaging speaker. Our participants found his sessions to be both informative and enjoyable. We would definitely recommend him to others and look forward to working with him again! Jennifer Lowton, Director, Greater Manchester Professional Development Center, Manchester, NH

Sameer Hinduja came to speak at our Annual Victim Services Conference in Wyoming and highlighted many interesting and relative topics. The information presented was interesting, useful, and Sameer presented in a way to make sure we not only learned information but enjoyed the presentation with laughs as well. Many people enjoyed his presentations very much and have asked him back for future presentations. Randi Losalu, Victim Services Coordinator, Cheyenne, WY

The Meadowbrook School of Weston, Massachusetts is grateful and appreciative of the half day you spent with our children and faculty. You offered three completely different yet equally effective workshops on cyberbullying and on-line safety (among numerous topics). The parents unanimously commented to me that your presentation was the best they had attended in this area. Your talk with them was factual, informative, poignant, supportive and emotional. Your presentations to our children in grades 3, 4 and 5 and then again to grades 6, 7 and 8 were equally informative but uniquely tailored to each age group. Additionally, you were authentic in your presentation and very personable, witty and caring. You captured their attention, ignited their interest and fostered instantaneous believability with all of them. The level of questioning from them indicates the level of trust you earned with them. At the end of three workshops you gave freely of your time in the faculty room so that you could be a resource to teachers seeking greater understanding and clarity. Bringing you to Meadowbrook was a stroke of genius and already there is a clamoring for return engagements. Thank you for your passion in this area, for educating our parents and teachers and for passionately striving to make our children safe. I can't wait to have you return to our campus. Steve Hinds, Headmaster, Meadowbrook School, Weston, MA

Sameer...Thank you...such a pleasure to meet you and have you participate in the evolution of our youth. As I reflect on the day's events, I am reminded of the words of one of my teachers, Miriam Dior. Her work is guided by the simple principle of "spirit, take me to where I am needed." I believe that your work is about this in the purest sense. I am inspired by your compassion, passion, conviction, and authenticity embodied in your work and being. I appreciate your seeming fearlessness about the subject matter regardless of your audience. Our work (U32's) is to evolve from this day of information and move forward in a meaningful way. I hope that we can continue this journey with the same optimism that you emulate. Our work, in my being, is always for the current and future generations. Ellen Cooke, School Counselor, U32 Schools, Montpelier, VT

Listening to Dr. Hinduja speak was both engaging and informative. The topics that he addressed are highly relevant. As a high school teacher, I see the significant impact that technology has on the lives of our students. What I learned from Dr. Hinduja has provided me with a basis of information to use as I begin to work with other staff at my school to develop and implement programs to teach our students how to use technology ethically and act as responsible cyber-citizens. Shawna Sache, Teacher, Rick Hansen Secondary School, Abbotsford, B.C.

I found the presentation very informative. I am not that far removed from the age of my students yet I was astonished by the number of websites that are being used for cyberbullying and negative social interactions. I had never even heard of many of the sites that were discussed in the presentation! The presentation was such an eye-opener and I was very grateful for the resources and materials that were provided to conference attendants. The websites are so thorough and I will definitely use them to help my school with their anti-bullying policies and programming. Laura Kleemook, Guidance Counselor, Moniteau Jr. Sr. High School

150 parents from Mahwah attended Dr. Hinduja's presentation. His presentation was professional and informative. It was very helpful. He gave good advice on how to communicate with our children and to be aware of the dangers on the internet. He provided us with the resources that we need to assist us as parents in dealing with some of the dangers of social networking. Carolyn Blake, Mahwah, NJ

Dr. Hinduja was amazing! His expertise and delivery were exactly what we were looking for. His keynote speech and breakout session got excellent reviews from the teachers, counselors, psychologists and parents that attended our summit. The presentation was thought provoking as well as practical. Dr. Hinduja also led a student leaders presentation for 150 students from private and public schools. His examples, videos and experiences made a real difference. A 12th grader approached me after the workshop and said: "I will never look at this behavior the same way again." She then went on to lead a student assembly for her whole school. Maribel Gonzalez, Puerto Rico

Testimonials from Student Presentations (more are available on request)

I think the presentation today was amazing. Justin really explained everything clearly and directly. Bullying is bad and cyberbullying is just as bad if not worse. I'm never going to bully or cyberbully.

My reaction to this program about cyberbullying is that this program may have been pretty effective to a lot of people. I know it was to me. I see a lot of this stuff in real life. Also, it showed me that there are some things that I should change on my myspace and facebook account.

I just thought that it was a great presentation and maybe we can have him again.

I believe that Justin did a very good [job] at presenting his speech. He was funny, but also had a way of telling us what he wants us to know.

I think he did a good job at making it fun and enjoyable for all ages in the room.

That guy seemed like he knew what he was talking about. I liked it.

Justin got the point across to us very well about cyberbullying. It showed that he has a lot of experience in this type of presenting.

Hearing Sameer Hinduja talking about facebook and bullying really opened my eyes about the topic. I never realized how dangerous putting your information online was. I definitely will be taking precautions and being [sic] more safe. His examples weren’t fake but of real people. You wouldn’t think people actually die from bullying…

It is important to keep a positive online profile to impress anyone who may be able to offer you opportunities. I learned how easy it is to change the privacy settings on facebook.

From the lecture about cyberbullying I learned a great deal about what is acceptable behavior online. Pictures from parties or of a subject doing suggestible things is inappropriate for social networking. Most things posted on facebook are left for anybody to see or read; the boss of a bored employee may fire him if his facebook posts tell of his disposition toward work… It is best just to be mindful of what is placed on the internet for all to see.

Sameer Hinduja was a great presenter… I felt like more people paid attention. The statistics that were brought up interested me the most, especially in the one video that he showed. I am going to try to find it on the internet because it was so interesting. It was great information and the presentation kept me wondering what statistic he would bring up next. I really enjoyed it.

The presentation was enjoyable, the information solid, and Dr. Sameer H. proved to be a charismatic speaker.

Your information will help me be a better advocate for students in my high school, and I can also help students become more careful users of online technology. Thank your for a wonderful day.

I watched your presentation the other day in chapel and I really enjoyed it! I was expecting another run-of-the-mill, boring cyber-bullying chapels but I was blown away by the statistics and the method of your presentation. It was very interesting and alarming! All together, the student body had overwhelmingly good things to say about your presentation the next day at school. Personally, I have never been affected by cyber-bullying, but I now have a better grasp on the consequences of filling my social networks with personal information. Hopefully, I will have lots of options for college next year and I would hate for that to be sacrificed by some trivial picture on my Facebook! Thank you so much for your time and I just wanted to personally share my admiration towards your presentation!

   
   
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