Registration open for provincial anti-bullying leadership conference

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HALIFAX – Students and adults wanting to learn more about reducing bullying in their schools and communities have a chance to attend the province’s anti-bullying leadership conference.

‘Speak Up!’ is being held Aug. 16 to 17 at Mount Saint Vincent University.

There is no registration fee for the conference, but pre-registration is required. Youth, ages 12 and up, parents and guardians, community organizations, and educators can register online or by phone.

 The keynote speaker will be Parry Aftab, one of the world's leading experts on cyber-crime, Internet privacy and cyber-abuse issues. She is an author, lawyer, and an advisor to MTV, Disney, Microsoft, Facebook and others. She runs the world's largest cybersafety charity, WiredSafety, and created StopCyberbullying.org, the most popular cyberbullying prevention website.

Workshop topics will include the province's new CyberScan legislation, improving communication between youth and adults, youth mental health, becoming a better ally to LGBTI and at risk youth, cyber-safety, positive aspects of social media, hypersexualization of youth, alcohol, drugs and risky behaviours, expressing feelings through creative arts and more.

For more information or to register visit, http://antibullying.novascotia.ca/speakupconference or call 1-877-731-1333.

Organizations: Mount Saint Vincent University, Microsoft

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