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FAU Cyberbullying Expert to Discuss Personal Internet Responsibility and Safety with Students

BOCA RATON, FL (September 16, 2011) – Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice within the College for Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University, will present “Don’t Post Your Rep Away! Text, Sext & Internet Safety,” to more than 500 FAU students on Monday, September 19, at 7 p.m. in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium, FAU Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

Most students are fairly responsible with the type of information they post to their social networking profiles,” said Hinduja.  “However, there are a number who include too many personal, private or provocative details, and their profiles are not as ‘locked down’ as they think they are.  We want students to embrace all that these sites and technologies have to offer, but we don’t want them sabotaging their future.  I’ve seen personal and professional damage occur to individuals who posted or sent something online that will plague them for the rest of their lives.  It’s just important to talk this out with FAU students so that they truly understand what can happen.”

Hinduja, also the co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, works nationally and internationally with schools, law enforcement, businesses, parents and adolescents to reduce online victimization and its real-world consequences. His newest book, Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives (Routledge, 2011), provides a comprehensive, up-to-date look at the major issues that teachers, school administrators, counselors, social workers and parents need to know to promote safe and responsible interactions in cyberspace.

Co-sponsored by FAU’s Program Board and Alpha Delta Pi sorority, the lecture is part of FAU’s fifth annual Safety Month.  A variety of safety-related events and programs will take place throughout the month, all designed to bring attention to a broad spectrum of issues that impact the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors.  For more information, visit www.fau.edu/safetymonth.

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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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