Making a B.R.A.V.E. Society to stop the cyberbully

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

CyberParent Topic of the Month on The Fish 103.9FM

Featured Event: B.R.A.V.E. Society bully prevention convention at Capital Christian Center October 12, 2013; open to the public, no charge. Register here.

Lisa Ford Berry, founder of B.R.A.V.E. Society, poses with her Willow statue of a mother and two children, called “Quiet”. For Lisa this statue represents the essence of her mother heart, full of gratitude for her children, which she purchased a couple of days before Michael’s death.

Lisa Ford Berry, founder of B.R.A.V.E. Society, lost her son Michael five years ago on his 17th birthday to suicide induced by relentless cyberbullying.  “People must understand that the cyber communications  make it possible to break a person,” Berry said of her son Michael who was an outstanding student, well-liked, and strong in his Christian faith.

According to Berry, someone decided to start a rumor that he was gay when it was discovered he was saving himself for marriage. “The thing that broke Michael was that he was so isolated by the hate biased harassment, and his cries for help went unheeded by friends and administrators at school,” she said. “In a letter he left us, he explained the humiliation was too much to bring to our attention. He had lost all hope. Basically his faith was turned against him by an entire community.”

Recognizing that Michael’s plight is evidence of a broken society and the children are suffering from a lack of civility that is illegal in the workplace, Berry founded B.R.A.V.E. Society to promote awareness of the bully crisis children experience in their cyber-powered peer communities, and develop strategies with legislators, educators and parents to help children create a more peaceful society using cyber-powered communications.

17-year-old Michael Berry took his life in 2008 in response to relentless cyberbullying.

This Wednesday morning  on The Fish 103.9FM Family Morning show, Lisa and I will be talking about the three main reasons why parents and educators should mark their calendars to attend the bully prevention symposium on Saturday, October 12. The three main things for parents and educators to consider learning more about are:

1. The bystander Effect

2. Bullying from a medical perspective

3. How to keep your child safe – parenting strategies

For more about preparing children to be secure in the social network, go to: A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media.


Register to attend the B.R.A.V.E. Society bully prevention convention Oct. 12.


Joanna Jullien is an author, educator and speaker on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber powered world. She a mother of two grown sons, the author of The Authority In Me: The Power of Family Life in the Network Culture, produces The Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on, and is the CyberParenting advisor on The Fish 103.9FM. Her new book, A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Mediais now available for PC and all eReader formats including

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Joanna Jullien

Joanna ( and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.