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Building a Safer Future: Insights on Youth Violence and Bullying Prevention

Building a Safer Future: Insights on Youth Violence and Bullying Prevention
About This Webinar:

Bullying is often a precursor to other forms of youth violence. Violence-based behaviors may include identity-based bullying, gender-based harassment, and sexual harassment. Educating youth about bullying prevention is a part of prevention safety.

This webinar reviews two decades of research and practice on bullying and cyberbullying, including definitional issues, prevalence, risk, and protective factors associated with different forms of bullying. Additionally, this presentation discusses rates of these behaviors and identifies common targets of intervention.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Define bullying and cyberbullying
  • Understand the subgroups of youth at risk for bullying involvement
  • Identify risk and protective factors associated with bullying and its developmental changes into other forms of violence
  • Recognize the effectiveness of school-based interventions


Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the recipient of the APA Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention Science and the 2016 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy. She is a Fellow of APS, APA, and AERA. She is an elected National Academy of Education member, was awarded the SPR Prevention Science Award in 2020, and received the 2023 Bully Research Network Outstanding Career Award. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University in 1997.

CE credit is available.

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