Monday event will focus on cyber-bullying problem

Parents and children can learn how to spot, stop and recover from online abuse.

sberg@idahostatesman.comNovember 17, 2013 


    The Boise Police Department, Girl Scouts of America and Boisean Jamie Watson are putting on a free cyber-safety presentation Monday night. The event doubles as a toy drive for the Ada County Paramedics Association, which is asking people to bring a new, unwrapped toy.

    Here's the schedule:

    • 6:30-7 p.m.: Open time to visit booths set up by Girl Scouts of America, Idaho Parents Unlimited, Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, Boise Police Department and others.

    • 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Presentations by the Girls Scouts, Lemas family and Boise Police Department.

    • 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Q&A with Lemas family and Boise Police Department.

Hearing the perspective of a parent was one reason Jamie Watson liked the presentation she saw Nancy Lemas and her daughter give a few years ago.

Another plus was that presentation didn't focus just on how bad bullying is. The mother and daughter talked about how to recover from cyber-bullying and rise above it.

At the time, Watson's own daughters were too young. Now that they are 10 and 12, she wants them and other children to know how to deal with cyber-bullying.

She said the 12-year-old has a friend whose Internet device was turned over to police over suspicions of bullying.

"She hasn't been directly involved, but I hear a lot about it," Watson said.

When she started putting together an event, Watson had no idea it would involve so many people. Two Girl Scouts of America troops - 70 and 209 - are helping. The Boise Police Department will give a presentation Monday following the Lemas family's talk, and the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline will have an information booth.

The free event will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the 900-seat Timberline High School auditorium.

Sven Berg: 377-6275

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