Rotary club of Sint. Maarten announces free cyber-bullying seminar

PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten is proud to announce they are hosting a seminar on Cyber-bullying, on Friday, February 10th from 7pm-9pm at the LB Scott Auditorium.  The club has brought to the island Dr. Sameer Hinduja, one of the world's leading experts on the subjects of Bullying and Cyber-bullying, who will be giving a FREE seminar to the teens and parents of the island.

"Cyber-bullying is an epidemic which has, unfortunately, made its ugly way to Sint Maarten," says Rotarian John Caputo.  "We need to start this conversation with our kids, and we need to learn some ways to deal with it.  I saw a shocking statistic that only 1 in 10 youths that are being bullied let someone close to them know that they were being bullied.  As parents, it is so important to be a part of this; and like I said, to start the conversation.  Who knows, you just may save a loved one's life." Rotarian Caputo continued to say.  

Also, a representative of the Law enforcement and youth services will be on hand to answer any questions after Dr. Hinduja presents, to inform the youth of Sint Maarten about the legalities of bullying here:  the consequences, ways teens can report bullying activities, etc.

Dr. Sameer Hinduja is Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center (cyberbullying.org) and Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media use, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people. He works with the U.S. Department of Education and many state departments of education to improve their policies and programming related to the prevention and response of teen technology misuse. He has written seven books, the most recent being “Bullying Today: Bullet Points and Best Practices” and the award-winning “Bullying beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying.” His newest co-authored book specifically written for teens is entitled “Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral.” According to Google Scholar, Dr. Hinduja's articles have been cited over 7,000 times in the fields of Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Educational Psychology, Pediatrics, Social Psychology, Sociology, Business Administration, Ethics, Developmental Psychology, Communications, Psychiatry, Counselor Education, Special Education, Educational Technology, Criminology, and Pediatrics.

Outside of research and evaluation expertise, Dr. Hinduja provides training to schools, youth organizations, parents, and teens on how to avoid online victimization and its real-world consequences. He is frequently asked to provide expert commentary by news organizations, and his work has been featured in venues that include CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the BBC and The New York Times. He has also been interviewed and cited by hundreds of online and print media outlets. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University (focus area: cybercrime) and his B.S. in Criminal Justice (minor in legal studies) from the University of Central Florida Honors College. At FAU, Dr. Hinduja has won both Researcher of the Year and Teacher of the Year, the two highest honors across the entire university.

"On behalf of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, we sincerely hope to see you out as a family for this very important and informative FREE event.  Everyone will leave with tools to help cope and deal with Cyber Bullying.  If your son or daughter is connected to the internet, it is very likely that they have been bullied, or perhaps are the bully his or herself" said John Caputo; the Club's Secretary and President Elect.  There will be refreshments and pizza for sale but admission is free for everyone.

For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.

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