Braintree, MA Holds Cyberbullying Seminar

A small town in Massachusetts is making headlines with the help of a psychology researcher, Elizabeth Englander.

Englander is hosting an event so that families and communities can learn more about preventing cyberbullying and sexting. At 9:30 a.m., on March 20, in Braintree, MA families will be able to gather at the Braintree Town Hall for a presentation and discussion on how technology affects children and why these digital issues can be challenging for parents.

This is not the first time the town has held one of these seminars. Back in 2011, 40 people attended. While the numbers were low, the feedback was very helpful.  

The original purpose of the project was to raise awarness among parents about bullying and cyberbullying. The schools designed a proactive approach to combating the issue of bullying and cyber-bullying in its schools and developed a comprehensive Bully Prevention and Intervention Plan. Administrators, teacher, and other school staff have been trained to detect the warning signs of bullying, how and when to respond when bullying has occurred. In addition, students have been trained in how to prevent bullying and how to speak up and/or report when they witness these incidents. The final element of the Bullying Prevention and Interevtion Plan is to enlist the aid of parents in watching for and addressing bullying. This funding from Milton Hospital, now Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton, allowed them to close the loop in the plan by partnering with parents to ban bullying

As a researcher and a professor of Psychology for 25 years, Englander is a nationally recognized expert in the area of bullying, cyberbullying, childhood causes of aggression and abuse, and children’s use of technology.

“This presentation and discussion, led by Dr. Elizabeth Englander, will cover the myths that might be undermining parental confidence; broad issues to think about and why they matter,” an event press release said.”

According to the Patch,

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The impact of technology on brain development, behavior, and relationships.
  • How to talk to your kids about living with technology.
  • How to set rules and boundaries.

How JoJo Siwa Stands Up to Bullies

JoJo Siwa, the almost 16-year-old, Nebraska-native JoJo Siwa first became famous by appearing as a reality TVstar on Lifetime’s Dance Moms and Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.

She is now more popularly known for her adorable music videos, JoJo merch, sparkles and hair bows, and huge social media following (8.7 million on YouTube and counting!). But everything isn’t always sunshine and rainbows for the famous 15-year-old.

One of JoJo’s earliest hits was the 2016 single “Boomerang,” in which she sings about cyberbullying and the courage to move beyond the negativity. Siwa chatted with TODAY Style for the “Why I Love My” series to share how she deals with internet haters and how she’s learned to love her hairline… even if she jokes it’s more of a “fivehead” than a forehead.

Focus on those 10 nice comments, and don’t let that one hate comment get to your day.”-Jojo

Siwa is also known for promoting positivity and anti-bullying messages in her various media appearances, which is something that JCPenney wanted to include in their merchandise line.

Fans of the teen star can expect to see a brightly colored clothing and merchandise line from JCPenney, with shirts, dresses, leggings, and jackets all featuring Siwa. The clothing also incorporates Siwa’s favorite things: bows, emojis, the color pink, and inspirational messages. Other than clothing, JCPenney has also released a merchandise line that includes comforters, bow-shaped pillows, as well as a JoJo doll that can sing.

Her famous bows represent more than a hair accessory, Jojo stated on Jimmy Fallon that, “If you’re wearing a Jojo bow you’re a Siwanator, and if you’re a Siwanator, you are someone who is strong, confident, powerful. You believe in yourself, you believe in everyone….” You are essentially an ally. If you see someone else in school wearing a Jojo bow, you know that you can find friendship with them.

Her advice to other kids getting bullied, “The message that I would give to anyone who was being bullied would be: just be yourself and don’t worry about the haters because it doesn’t matter. Honestly, come back like a boomerang!”