2017 Anti-Bullying Conference- Riverside California

Anti-Bullying Conference

The 2017 Anti-Bullying Conference will gather school administrators, educators, law enforcement officials, psychologists, youth organization leaders, community representatives, parents and others from Southern California and beyond who are committed to addressing the bullying epidemic.

The annual conference will present the most up-to-date knowledge and offer many occasions for structured dialogue regarding bullying.  Presentations will be on the latest anti-bullying research, provide practical tools that attendees can take back to their schools and organizations. Our goal is to create awareness, promote workable solutions for preventing bullying and promote an opportunity for professional development.

Companies or organizations requiring an invoice or sending payment, please download the Conference Registration Form.  Return form to Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation, PO Box 2605, Riverside, CA 92516; email to Cheryl@RMCcharity.org; or fax to 951-682-2755.  For further information, call the Foundation at (951) 682-2753.

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International Bullying Prevention Association(IBPA) hosts an annual conference November 5-7 in Nashville!!

International Bullying Prevention Association

The International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) hosts an annual conference to bring together those working to keep our schools and communities safe from bullying. Join us Nov. 5-7 in Nashville.

Girl Bullying & Empowerment National Conference in Las Vegas June 27-30!!

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For the past 10 years, the Girl Bullying Conference has brought focus to the problem of relational aggression among girls. Quite naturally, many of the field-tested interventions presented at this unique gathering encourage friendship, sisterhood and building other types of supportive relationships – hence the added emphasis on female empowerment.

Now in its 11th year, the Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference will be more accessible – with locations in Orlando and Las Vegas. This unique gathering will help counselors, principals, teachers, social workers and other professionals understand the latest research and field-tested strategies designed to address relational aggression and to build positive, supportive relationships among girls.

Featured topics include:

  • Keys to Transforming Aggressive Young People
  • How Gender Differences in the Brain Relate to Bullying
  • Proactive Prevention Strategies
  • Empowering Bystanders to Become Interveners
  • Elementary School Girl Bullying Programs
  • Field-Tested Girl Empowerment Programs
  • What Works with Middle Schoolers
  • Using Multimedia & Drama to Prevent Bullying
  • Girls with Disabilities Facing Bullying
    Effective Disciplinary Approaches
  • Legal Perspectives on Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • Research-Based Approaches
  • And Much More!16_GBC_Logo girl bullying conference las vegas

Cyberbullying Laws in West Virginia

Cyberbullying Laws in West Virginia

Bullying is behavior that may be punished under school policy (see below) and even criminal statutes, such as the following.

Criminal statutes

Stalking and harassment. Prosecutors may charge cyberbullying under West Virginia’s stalking and harassment law, as when the bully repeatedly bothers or threatens a victim in a way that causes reasonable mental or emotional distress, or reasonable fear of imminent injury.

Violation of this law carries a fine of up to $1,000, up to six months in jail, or both. However, potential fines and time behind bars increase when certain aggravating factors exist. Among such factors are prior harassment convictions and the crime taking place in violation of a restraining order. (W. Va. Ann. Code § 61-2-9a; for more on sentencing in West Virginia, see West Virginia Misdemeanor Crimes by Class and Sentences and West Virginia Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences.)

Unlawful telephone calls. Bullies may also face criminal charges for making unlawful telephone calls. This crime applies where someone makes telephone calls to a victim that are obscene, repeated, anonymous, or threatening toward the victim or the victim’s property. The crime of unlawful telephone calls may incur a fine of up to $500, up to six months in jail, or both. (W.Va. Ann. Code § 61-8-16.)

Unlawful computer communications. Conduct that would be criminal under the unlawful-telephone-calls law, but which occurs by way of computer or other electronic device, constitutes the offense of unlawful computer communications. This offense applies to other kinds of similar behavior, too. It carries a fine of up to $500, up to six months in jail, or both. Second and subsequent convictions incur up to $1,000 by way of fine, up to one year in jail, or both. (W.Va. Ann. Code § 61-3C-14a.)

School policies

West Virginia law requires that each county school board establish an anti-bullying policy for its schools. Each policy must contain several components. Among the necessary components are :

  • a definition of harassment, intimidation, and bullying, and a statement prohibiting such behavior
  • procedures for reporting, documenting, and responding to bullying incidents
  • procedures for protecting victims and people who report bullying, and
  • a disciplinary procedure for students who bully.

Board policies must appear in student handbooks, and in county board publications that set forth the rules and standards for school conduct. (W.Va. Ann. Code § 18-2C-3.)

Defenses to Criminal Charges

Depending on the circumstances, those who face criminal charges stemming from bullying accusations may be able to claim the following defenses or ones similar to them.

Free speech

Free speech (which includes words and related actions) is a fundamental, yet limited right under the United States Constitution. Examples of speech potentially constituting a crime are falsely yelling “fire!” in a crowded theatre and comments that may qualify as terrorist threats.

The line between protected and criminal speech isn’t always clear. In a given case, a defense attorney might have a legitimate argument that alleged acts of cyberbullying really constituted legitimate speech that’s protected under the Constitution.

Reasonable reaction

Some crimes require that the victim experience a particular reaction that’s reasonable under the circumstances. For instance, West Virginia’s criminal harassment and stalking law requires that the bully’s behavior cause the victim to feel fear or mental or emotional distress, and that the fear or distress be reasonable under the circumstances. So, if the victim was hypersensitive to behavior that wouldn’t have created the required reaction in a reasonable person, then a violation of the statute hasn’t occurred.

West Virginia Cyber Stalking Laws

West Virginia

Last updated: January 11, 2012

§61-3C-14a. Obscene, anonymous, harassing and threatening communications by computer, cell phones and electronic communication devices; penalty.

(a) It is unlawful for any person, with the intent to harass or abuse another person, to use a computer, mobile phone, personal digital assistant or other electronic communication device to:(1) Make contact with another without disclosing his or her identity with the intent to harass or abuse;

(2) Make contact with a person after being requested by the person to desist from contacting them;

(3) Threaten to commit a crime against any person or property; or

(4) Cause obscene material to be delivered or transmitted to a specific person after being requested to desist from sending such material.

(b) For purposes of this section:

(1) “Electronic communication device” means and includes a telephone, wireless phone, computer, pager or any other electronic or wireless device which is capable of transmitting a document, image, voice, e-mail or text message using such device in an electronic, digital or analog form from one person or location so it may be viewed or received by another person or persons at other locations.

(2) “use of a computer, mobile phone, personal digital assistant or other electronic communication device” includes, but is not limited to, the transmission of text messages, electronic mail, photographs, videos, images or other nonvoice data by means of an electronic communication system, and includes the transmission of such data, documents, messages and images to another’s computer, e-mail account, mobile phone, personal digital assistant or other electronic communication device.

(3) “obscene material” means material that:

(A) An average person, applying contemporary adult community standards, would find, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest, is intended to appeal to the prurient interest, or is pandered to a prurient interest;

(B) An average person, applying contemporary adult community standards, would find, depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexually explicit conduct consisting of an ultimate sexual act, normal or perverted, actual or simulated, an excretory function, masturbation, lewd exhibition of the genitals, or sadomasochistic sexual abuse; and

(C) A reasonable person would find, taken as a whole, lacks literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

(c) It is unlawful for any person to knowingly permit a computer, mobile phone or personal digital assistant or other electronic communication device under his or her control to be used for any purpose prohibited by this section.

(d) Any offense committed under this section may be determined to have occurred at the place at which the contact originated or the place at which the contact was received or intended to be received.

(e) Any person who violates a provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $500 or confined in jail not more than six months, or both fined and confined. For a second or subsequent offense, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $1,000 or confined in jail for not more than one year, or both fined and confined.