Cyberbullying expert to present Martin Mogensen Education Lecture at UW-Eau Claire

| Margaret Nelson Brinkhaus

Most teens use technology responsibly, but some don't, says Dr. Justin Patchin, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center.

Helping all teens make responsible decisions online and helping parents and educators be partners in those efforts will be the focus of a March 10 presentation at UW-Eau Claire by Patchin, an internationally known expert on cyberbullying.

Patchin will present the 2016 Martin Mogensen Education Lecture at 5 p.m. in the Ojibwe Ballroom in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center. The presentation, "Addressing Cyberbullying: Promoting Teens' Positive Use of Technology," is free and open to the public.

Individuals planning to attend the Mogensen lecture are encouraged to RSVP at uwec.ly/mogensen.

Patchin will give an overview of the use and misuse of technology by teens, provide real-world examples of cyberbullying, and review the latest research on this 21st century problem. He'll also describe some of the online environments popular with teens so educators and parents can better help young people navigate the ever-changing online world.

The UW-Eau Claire professor has been exploring the intersection of teens and technology since 2002 and has written six books and numerous articles on subjects involving cyberbullying, social networking and sexting. His first book, "Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying," was named Education Book of the Year in 2009 by ForeWord Reviews.

The Martin Mogensen Education Lecture is held annually in memory of Martin, a 1952 graduate of UW-Eau Claire. The junior high school principal in Tomah was killed by a student in 1969 in one of the first school shootings in the U.S. His daughters, Marti Mogensen and Margaret Nelson Brinkhaus, also both UW-Eau Claire graduates, and other family members began the lecture and an education scholarship through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation as a way to carry on Martin's legacy, a deep faith in the value of education and teachers. The Mogensen family joins with the UW-Eau Claire College of Education and Human Sciences in bringing experts to speak to students, faculty and the public on contemporary education issues of the day.

The Mogensen family also will present the Martin Mogensen Education Scholarship as part of the lecture event. The scholarship is provided annually to an outstanding undergraduate, chosen by the faculty, who shows promise of becoming a successful career teacher.