Sociology expert talks at BU about handling cyberbullying

For Immediate Release:  Sept. 24, 2014

BLOOMSBURG— Cyberbullying is not a new problem, but how to treat it as an educator or school administrator is. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania alumna, Linda Waldron, associate professor of sociology at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va., will deliver a lecture, “Disciplining Technology: School policy in the age of social media and cyberbullying,” Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s McCormick Center, Room 1303.

Waldron will discuss how cyberbullying presents uncharted territory in disciplinary policies. How do teachers handle bullying when it happens outside the classroom after class has ended? How can teachers more effectively monitor aggressive behavior that does not happen under their watch?

According to Waldron, the problem can be the solution. The first step in preventing cyberbullying is being aware of what technologies are being used to initiate it. After the lecture, Waldron will be available for a question-and-answer session.

Waldron graduated from BU in 1994 and received her doctorate from Syracuse University in 2002.  Recently, she was awarded Christopher Newport University’s Alumni Society Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.