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Cyber-Bullying: Lethal Combo of Culture and Technology

A Nov. 18 lecture tackles the signs of bullying and how parents and teachers should respond.
Cyber-bullying often starts on school grounds before going virtual.
Cyber-bullying often starts on school grounds before going virtual.

The tragic stories of bullying seem to headline the evening news on an all too regular basis.  

“These days many of the incidents of bullying might start on the school ground, but then move online where they become more hurtful, more dangerous and often times criminal,” said Jerome Sattler, professor emeritus in San Diego State University’s Department of Psychology.  

What so many people consider under the umbrella of ‘bullying’ are actually illegal events.

Technology and bullying

Sattler will lead a lecture on bullying and cyber-bullying at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, in GMCS-333 on the SDSU campus.  

The lecture will look at how technology has given way to an entirely new form of bullying that is nearly instantaneous.

“The main problem is that what so many people consider under the umbrella of ‘bullying’ are actually illegal events,” Sattler said. “At the same time, how do you preserve freedom of speech while preventing this type of cyber-bullying?”

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will also discuss how parents and teachers can identify the signs of bullying and how citizens can encourage schools and the legislature to develop laws and procedures to prevent these increasingly problematic and sometimes deadly situations.

About Sattler

Sattler, the author of the seminal textbook "Assessment of Children, Cognitive Applications" (fifth edition), is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology. In 2005, he received the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation.

He has published over 100 articles in the fields of school and clinical psychology and is a co-author of the "Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale: Fourth Edition."

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