In the Media: Online Awareness on Bullying

The deeply sad news of a local young teenager taking her life has sparked on and offline discussion about cyber bullying.

Dr. Jennifer Shapka, Associate Professor in Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, was interviewed by 24 Hours Newspaper to comment about a Port Moody teenager who took her life after being subjected to years of bullying.

From the article:

University of British Columbia professor Jennifer Shapka, a bullying expert, said it seems Todd tried every way possible to get help. It was clear from her video she was already attending counselling, had the support of her parents, and teachers were aware of the bullying.

“Hopefully this will be a wakeup call that in BC, bullying is a real problem,” she said. “The way to combat this has to be with youth themselves. We need to harness the youth voice in the venue where this is happening.”

Read the full article in 24 Hours Newspaper here.