Event aims to educate Chippewa Valley about cyberbullying

Altoona (WQOW) — Bullying isn’t just kids picking on each other on the playground. Now, it comes via Facebook or messages.

An event, focused on addressing cyberbullying was held at the Grace Lutheran Communities in Altoona Monday night. Those attending learned how to prevent and respond to this type of negative interaction and how it can impact their children.

Dr. Justin Patchin, a speaker at the event told News 18 he wants to empower not only youth to handle these situations on their own, but also bring adults together to offer help to those youth.

“When bad things happen in online spaces, it can create problems for them at home and at school,” Patchin said. “Sometimes we like to think that if it happens online it’s no big deal, or it’s easily discounted or dismissed, that really isn’t the case. I mean, teens live online, and when there are bad things that happen in those spaces it can affect them very deeply.”

Eau Claire Superintendent, Mary Ann Hardebeck also spoke at the event, and Patchin said a partnership with Eau Claire schools is important because teachers by themselves and parents by themselves can’t tackle cyberbullying alone.

Samantha Wensel

Samantha Wensel

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