Lecture Series Launches with View of Cyberbullying

Published on Thursday, March 26th, 2009

The Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series launched on March 24 with “Bullying and Cyberbullying” by Elizabeth Englander, Ph.D., founder and director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC). The Bridgewater State College professor presented a sobering view of the online experiences of young people and on how the internet, cell phones, instant messaging, and social networking sites have changed how bullying is defined today.

Speaking in front of Becker students and faculty in a crowded Daniels Hall, Dr. Englander spoke about the significant challenges that certain technologies presents to young children, adolescents, and parents. She began by noting that children today are technology "natives" while their parents are "immigrants," meaning it’s often hard for parents to grasp many of the positives and negatives that go along with a connected world.

Dr. Englander thinks parents should closely monitor their children’s online activity. “There are real dangers online,” she recently told the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. “Anything (children) put online is there forever. Tell them the Internet is not private.” She recommended banning messaging and internet access for children under 15, because they’re not prepared for that type of interaction.

For more information, Dr. Englander directed students and other attendees to visit MARC’s website at www.marccenter.org where they can review free resources helpful in learning more about cyberbullying. 

Dr. Englander’s lecture was the first of six in this spring’s Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series at Becker College. The series is a forum that invites scholars and professionals to present lectures on topics of interest and importance.

All lectures in the Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series are open to the Becker College community and the general public at no charge.