Cyber-Bullying: Nothing Virtual About It

Paula Rodriguez Rust, PhD

Cyber-bullying is a growing problem for youth that can have tragic consequences.  This 2-hour workshop provides tools for professionals working with children, teens, or parents in clinical, school, service organizations, or other settings to recognize, respond to, and prevent cyber-bullying.  Topics include differences between cyber-bullying and “traditional” bullying, types of cyber-bullying, the reasons youth cyber-bully, social and psychological effects of cyber-bullying, sexting, online safety, the electronic generation gap between adults and teens, and discussion of safety issues within various electronic venues, including social networking sites/apps, gaming sites, photo sharing sites/apps, and IM apps. The workshop provides participants with specific recommendations, procedures, and resources for preventing cyber-bullying and responding to incidents of cyber-bullying, including resources for educating youth aged 5-18 and parents about cyber safety.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe different types of cyber-bullying
  • Utilize strategies, recommendations and procedures for preventing and responding to incidents of cyber-bullying
  • List educational resources for parents and youth regarding cyber safety


10:15-11:15am The Cyber Generation Gap; Cyber Acronyms and Culture
What are Youth Doing Online?
Definitions and Types of Cyber-bullying


Why Do Youth Cyber Bully? Individual and Contextual Factors
Strategies for Helping the Cyber Bully Change Behavior
Warning Signs and Helping Strategies for Targets of Cyber Bullying

CEs: 1 Clinical, 1 Cultural Competence
Level:  Beginner, Intermediate

About the Presenter

Paula C. Rodríguez Rust, PhD holds a doctorate in Sociology with specialties in social psychology, survey research, racial and ethnic relations, and gender and sexuality. She has more than 25 years of teaching experience, including 12 years in post-secondary education. She is sole proprietor of Spectrum Diversity LLC, providing consulting and professional development services and bullying prevention education in New Jersey schools, including assessment services, student assemblies, and anti-bullying program development. Dr. Rodríguez Rust also provides cultural diversity workshops for schools, medical professionals, and community organizations.

Dr. Rodríguez Rust is the founder of the Alliance for Comprehensive and Effective Strategies (ACES) for Bullying Prevention. She served on the New Jersey Special Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying Awareness and Prevention, and is a member of the New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention, the American Sociological Association (ASA), the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), and the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR). She has published two books, dozens of articles and chapters, and coedited the Agenda for Social Justice 2004 (SSSP). Dr. Rodríguez Rust lectures internationally and has appeared as an expert on the TV news program 20/20.

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