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Justin Patchin


Monday, February 3, 2014
Alumni Room, Davies Center 350
5 – 7 p.m.


>   Justin Patchin will be our guest and sign copies of his new book,
     Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral


Co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, Justin Patchin is a professor of criminal justice in the political science department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Since 2002 his research has focused on adolescent behavior online. His 2008 book, Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying (co-authored with Sameer Hinduja), examines the ways adolescents use technology to cause harm to their peers (and what adults can do about it). It was named Educator Book of the Year by ForeWord Reviews. Also edited with Sameer Hinduja, Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives (2011) includes strategies by leading cyberbullying and Internet safety experts from across the United States. School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting One Classroom at a Time (2012) describes the school’s role in preventing problematic online behaviors of adolescents.

Their latest book — Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral — was published in December 2013.

"Words Wound is the first book that has been specifically written for teens to help them confront cyberbullying," wrote Michele Borba, internationally recognized parenting and bullying expert. "Whether they are being targeted, see cyberbullying happening to others, or want to promote kindness within their schools, this book provides practical and proven advice on issues teens face every single day. Parents need to buy this book, read it, and share its wisdom with their children."

Recipient of UW-Eau Claire's 2011 Excellence in Scholarship Award, Justin Patchin joined the faculty in 2004. He received his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Michigan State University. For over a decade he has been exploring the intersection of teens and technology, with particular focus on cyberbullying, social networking, and sexting. He has appeared on NPR, BBC, CNN and in The New York Times and has presented at the White House. He regularly travels throughout the United States and abroad training parents, educators, law enforcement officers, and teens themselves about how to use technology safely and responsibly.


Sponsored by the University Bookstore

Admission is free and open to all.


Words Wound official site
"Beyond Sticks and Stones" — Volume One (January 9, 2014)
News release: New book empowers tweens and teens to combat cyberbullying (December 2, 2013)
Cyberbullying Research Center

Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D.