October 16, 2012
The Saint Francis computer science department hosted a Cyberbullying Intervention and Prevention seminar on October 12. The featured guest speaker Tina Meier, executive director for the Megan Meier Foundation, who addressed the audience via Skype. Dr. Jim Lantzy, an established professional in computer security who is also a DiSepio professor of the practice in the computer science department, moderated 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 were encouraged to attend the free event held in the DiSepio Institute.
This was the kick-off 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.