Auburn University hosting sixth international Anti-Bullying Summit in June in Peachtree City

Published: April 13, 2016
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Auburn University's Truman Pierce Institute and the Office of Professional and Continuing Education will host the sixth annual Anti-Bullying Summit June 23-24 at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center in Peachtree City, Georgia.

The Anti-Bullying Summit will provide teachers, school administrators, parents, community leaders, law enforcement, counselors, social workers and mental health professionals with an opportunity to learn ways to address the pervasive issue of bullying in schools and communities.

This year's program will offer more than 30 break-out sessions that examine a range of topics, such as cyberbullying protection, bullying and school violence, model school intervention programs and community anti-bullying initiatives

Keynote presenters include Sameer Hinduja, Rebecca Ang and Trish Prabhu.

Hinduja is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social networking. He has been featured on Anderson Cooper 360 and NPR. His articles have been cited extensively in academic publications, and his research referenced in online articles by CNN, the New York Times, Washington Times, Forbes, Yahoo News, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Ang is an associate professor and head of the Psychological Studies Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Ang’s research and professional interests include developmental child psychopathology and, in particular, antisocial, aggressive and bullying behavior, and related prevention and intervention work.

Prabhu is a 15-year-old high school student, entrepreneur and inventor of ReThink – a nonintrusive patented software product that stops cyberbullying before the bullying occurs. Trisha has led sessions at global platforms such as TEDxTeen in London; TEDxGateway in Mumbai; White House Science Fair in Washington, D.C.; La Ciudad De Las Ideas in Puebla, Mexico; and Aspen Ideas festival in Aspen, Colorado. She was awarded a Daily Points of Light award for extraordinary volunteering from President George H. W. Bush's foundation. She was selected as a Global Finalist at the world-wide Google Science Fair competition in 2014 for her ReThink product.

In addition, NFL Hall of Famer Darrell Green will present a workshop as part of the Strong Youth, Strong Communities initiative sponsored by Centene and Cenpatico. Strong Youth, Strong Community focuses on raising youth’s awareness of the importance of active thinking, sound judgment and creating and enacting a healthy “living constitution” for success in life.

Hero Awards will be presented to individuals and community groups who have taken proactive measures to eliminate bullying in their schools and communities. A variety of educational resource vendors that focus on bullying prevention products will also be onsite.

The summit is open to anyone, but registration is required. For more information or to register for the Anti-Bullying Summit, go to www.auburn.edu/antibullying or contact Ben Pierce at piercbs@auburn.edu or 334-844-5100.