Education Week’s Webinar on Cyberbullying Underwritten by SchoolMessenger’s Talk About It Anonymous Communication Service

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Free Webinar, ‘Cyberbullying Spills Into Schools,’ Addresses Policies, Procedures and Strategies Administrators Can Adopt to Combat Bullying in Schools and Online

SchoolMessenger, the leading provider of communication solutions for education, today announced it will partner with Education Week to sponsor its upcoming webinar entitled, “When Cyberbullying Spills Into School”. The free webinar will take place on Thursday, February 23, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET.

Underwriting for the event is provided by Talk About It®, SchoolMessenger’s anonymous communication service. Talk About It is the first and only service that enables students to anonymously ‘speak up’ by engaging in text message or an online dialogue with trusted school staff members. To register, visit: http://www.edweek.org/go/webinar/Cyberbullying

Following is a summary of the webinar content:

Much of students’ social lives outside of school these days takes place online, through social networking sites. And even though this form of bullying may happen most often after school hours, the impact from online conflicts and negative comments in cyberspace can directly affect a student’s in-school life, including the ability to learn.

While cyberbullying is receiving more attention and media coverage these days, school leaders and educators still have few clear-cut guidelines on how to handle it. Should they be monitoring sites like Facebook to police student behavior? Can principals and administrators take disciplinary action against students who misbehave online? When does a cyberbullying situation require school intervention? And how can school leaders create a school culture where bullying is unacceptable among students both in school and online?

During this webinar, two nationally-recognized experts on bullying will help educators address these questions and develop strategies for combating bullying and its impact both in schools and online.

Presenters include: Barbara-Jane Paris, principal, Canyon Vista Middle School in Austin, TX and Nancy Willard, executive director, Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use

Moderator: Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions

Talk About It is now available as an on-demand solution to all schools and districts, regardless of the notification service they employ. For more information, a 3-minute video introduction and a free, downloadable white paper (Creating a Culture of Dialogue: Practical Steps for Better Communication and Safer Schools), visit http://talk.schoolmessenger.com.

About SchoolMessenger
SchoolMessenger is a leading provider of communication solutions for education. Thousands of school districts, public schools, colleges, universities, private schools and other educational facilities in all 50 states depend on the company's innovative solutions, including the SchoolMessenger notification service and Talk About It anonymous communication service. Founded in 1999, the company is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California. For information, visit http://www.schoolmessenger.com or call 888.527.5225.

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