What is cyberbullying and how is it impacting the mental health of members of your community?
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. MT / 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CT
Cyberbullying - intentional harm to a target using digital technologies - is a world-wide problem that has both immediate and long-term psychosocial consequences for perpetrators, targets, and witnesses. This presentation will consider what motivates some persons to engage in cyberbullying, what makes it so harmful, and what schools can do to prevent this behavior and intervene when it occurs. The way this phenomenon impacts rural schools will be emphasized.
Sheri Bauman, Ph.D.
Dr. Sheri Bauman is a professor emerita of counseling at the University of Arizona. She earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from New Mexico State University in 1999. Before then, she worked in K-12 schools for 30 years, as a teacher and school counselor. In those roles she was passionate about student well-being and worked to support students who struggled academically, personally or socially. Dr. Bauman conducts research on peer victimization including bullying, cyberbullying, is currently co-PI on a funded project to study the effects of teacher practices on peer victimization and defending behaviors. She is a frequent presenter on these topics at local, state, national, and international conferences. She is the sole author/editor or first author of six books, third author of another book, has over 65 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 32 book chapters, three training dvds, and numerous publications in non-scholarly outlets. She is the former editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work and has co-edited three special issues related to bullying and cyberbullying. Dr. Bauman is currently on the editorial board of two scholarly journals. She was honored with the Eminent Career Award from the Association for Specialists in Group Work in 2018. She has been the recipient of two research grants from the National Science Foundation. She is on the board of trustees of DitchtheLabel.org, an anti-bullying charity based in the UK, and serves as their research consultant.