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Seats still available for free cyberbullying presentation
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MONROE - Registrations are still being accepted for a free presentation for parents on cyberbullying Monday, March 17 at the Monroe High School's Performing Arts Center.

The presentation "Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing Cyberbullying" will begin at 6:30 p.m. Due to the mature nature of topics to be discussed, the program is for adults only.

The speaker will be Dr. Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. He is an associate professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and has spent more than a decade studying teens and technology, with a particular focus on cyberbullying, social networking and sexting. He is the author of four books and numerous articles on the subject.

Patchin travels throughout the United States and abroad to train educators, counselors, law enforcement, parents and youth on how to prevent and address the consequences of cyberbullying and other misuses of technology. He has presented at the White House and the FBI Academy, and has appeared on CNN, NPR, and in the New York Times.

Admission is free but registration is required. To register online, go to or call Sherry Boeke at 608-328-7184.

Patchin will be giving a similar presentation designed for Monroe and area high school students earlier in the day. The following day, he will speak to Monroe and area middle school students.

Patchin's presentations are being funded by Jacob's SWAG Foundation and Tyler's TEAM Foundation, two local groups formed to help raise awareness about suicide and its prevention.