Conference Keynotes

Getting to the Bottom of It

Bullying Prevention through Empathy and Kindness

International Bullying Prevention Conference • November 6-8, 2016 • Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Louisiana, USA

Empathy: The Forgotten Antidote to Bullying

Research is clear: Bullying is learned, and can be unlearned. What’s more, cultivating empathy is the forgotten antidote for bullying. Dr. Borba shares the evidence: that the best way to reduce bullying is not with a packaged program but with homegrown, data-driven efforts by a staff that applies only proven practices. Best yet, none of the strategies cost a dime! Dr. Borba’s empowering, informative presentation is brimming with real life stories, the latest behavioral research, and simple tools to reduce bullying and victimization as well as inspire Upstanders to speak up so audiences leave ready to instill empathy right away in their classrooms, schools, organizations and homes.

Dr. Michele Borba is an internationally-recognized educational psychologist and parenting, bullying and character expert whose aim is to strengthen children’s empathy and resilience, and create safe, compassionate school cultures. She has spoken to parents and teachers on six continents and delivered keynotes to over one million participants. She is a regular NBC contributor appearing 135 times on the Today show, featured on three Dateline specials as well as Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Dr. Drew, The View, NBC Nightly News, The Doctors, Fox News, The Early Show, CNN and others. A best-selling author of 22 books. Her latest: UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World and the 6Rs of Bullying Prevention.

Resilience: Avoiding Victimization Through Social Problem-Solving and Emotional Self-Regulation

As more attention is given to the importance of cultivating socio-emotional learning skills among students, it seems vital to increasingly consider one often-neglected component: resilience. As critical as it is to shape and improve the external around a child (e.g., school climate, peer behaviors, social norming, kindness initiatives, staff training, policies), it seems equally essential to focus on the internal – the learned ability of youth to personally handle bullying (both offline and online) and other offenses in a way that leads to positive outcomes. Based on research, this keynote seeks to inspire you to help develop emotionally-healthy and resilient students who understand and embrace their own agency to deal with social and relational adversity.

Dr. Sameer 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, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people. He has written seven books, and his interdisciplinary research is widely published and cited in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals. As a noted bullying speaker, Dr. Hinduja also provides training to schools, youth organizations, parents, and teens on on the best practices of identification, prevention, and response. In addition, he is frequently asked to provide expert commentary by news organizations, and he has been featured in venues that include CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, NPR’s All Things Considered, the BBC, and The New York Times.

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