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.
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 Examiner.com, 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
Kindle, Nook, iPad.