BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo's Alberti Center for
Bullying Abuse Prevention will present "Understanding and
Addressing Cyberbullying" on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Millennium
Hotel Buffalo in Cheektowaga. The conference will address current
research and potential solutions to a problem that has become a
Leading the conference's in-depth cyberbullying sessions is
Sameer Hinduja, PhD, co-director at the Cyberbullying Research
Center and associate professor of criminology and criminal justice
at Florida Atlantic University. The program will also feature a
cyberbullying panel discussion moderated by Eileen Buckley,
assistant news director for WBFO 88.7 and WNED AM-970 radio, which
includes New York State Police, a school attorney, school and
district administrators, a school social worker and an
administrator for the National Center for Missing and Exploited
The conference, sponsored by The Western New York Foundation,
begins 8 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.
"Results of our needs assessment revealed that educators and
other professionals in related fields wanted to know more about
cyberbullying," said Amanda B. Nickerson, director of UB's Alberti
Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention. "This can be an especially
troubling form of bullying because of it can occur around the clock
"Bringing together a noted expert in cyberbullying and our
distinguished panelists to address educational, mental health and
legal perspectives, and approaches to prevention and intervention,
will give participants greater knowledge and tools to address this
issue within their schools, families and communities."
The conference will offer the latest knowledge and best
practices for recognizing and responding to cyberbullying.
Professionals working in education, mental health, law enforcement,
social service and other youth-centered fields will gain new
information and skills they can put into practice to successfully
intervene and respond to incidents of cyberbullying.
Registration is $75 per person for professionals or $550 per
table. Students can attend the conference for $35 per person.
Register by Sept. 14 at http://www.gse.buffalo.edu/cyberbullyingconference.
Questions about the conference can be directed to Rebecca Ligman,
program and operations manager at the Albert Center, at
716-645-1532 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since its start in 2011, UB's Alberti Center has worked to
become a national and international resource for the latest
research and advice on bullying. Calling it a form of child abuse,
Albert Center researchers are dedicated to leading a national
conversation about the problem. High-profile bullying incidents
have led to new legislation, including this year's New York State
Dignity for All Students Act, and the recently passed cyberbullying
amendment to the Dignity Act that will go into effect in July
The Alberti Center was established from the generosity of UB
alumna Jean M. Alberti, PhD, a Chicago-based clinical and
educational psychologist and former local elementary teacher, who
in 2010 gave the UB Graduate School of Education the largest gift
in its history. The mission of the center is to reduce bullying
abuse in schools and in the community by contributing knowledge and
providing evidence-based tools to effectively change the language,
attitudes and behaviors of educators, parents, students and