Local high school hosts free cyber bullying seminar

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CARMEL, Ind. (November 9. 2015) - A Carmel high school is putting the focus on cyber bullying to educate both students and parents.

University High School of Indiana is hosting a free seminar Monday night to inform the public about the warning signs associated with cyber bullying.  The most recent study shows 25 percent of Indiana girls say they have been victims of this sort of attack.

"I think the bullying is pretty wide ranging, and what we’re really trying to do is help parents be proactive about it as students are getting to that age where they are starting to use the internet more," said Taylor Newell, assistant director of admissions at University High School.

Newell says the school has not seen many issues of cyber bullying but they want students to be informed.

"I think the big thing if for parents and their kids to be able to have a healthy conversation about how to use the internet responsibly and effectively, and really be a good citizen on the internet," Newell said.

Award-winning author Carrie Goldman is scheduled to the be speaker Monday night. Goldman wrote "Bullied: what every parent, teacher and kid needs to know about ending the cycle of fear." She will discuss the differences between normal social conflict and cyber bullying.

The seminar starts at 7 p.m. at Fairbanks Hall on the University High School campus, located at 2825 W 116th Street in Carmel.