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.