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Anti-cyberbullying event to be held

Event Details

Start Date:  October 12, 2012

The Saint Francis University computer science department will host a Cyberbullying Intervention and Prevention seminar on Friday, October 12, at 4 p.m. The seminar will feature guest speaker Tina Meier, Executive Director for Megan Meier Foundation, who will address the audience via Skype. Dr. Jim Lantzy, an established professional in computer security who is also a DiSepio professor of the practice in the Saint Francis computer science department, will moderate the event.

On October 16, 2006, Meier’s life took a devastating turn when her 13 year old daughter, Megan Taylor Meier, took her own life after being cyberbullied by her adult neighbor. In December of 2007, Meier founded the non-profit Megan Meier Foundation. Her efforts have changed the landscape of cyber bullying by introducing legislation, awareness, and positive change to communities.

K-12 teachers, students, parents, and guardians of all ages are encouraged to attend. The event is free and open to the public. The event will be held on campus at the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness, Room 213.

This is the kick-off event for the computer science department’s upcoming online blended course that will examine cyberbullying. It is also part of the outreach effort of the university’s $1.5 million DiSepio Computer Science Chair for Information Assurance endowment that funds computer security initiatives.

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