Cyberbullying: Keeping Children Safe

Panel of experts to discuss the growing cyberbullying concerns

The Sage Colleges proudly hosted a timely panel presentation entitled, “Cyberbullying: Keeping Children Safe.”

Cyberbullying 2010

Jack Aernecke moderates panel at Sage's Cyber Bullying event

Cyberbullying occurs when interactive technology is used to transmit images or messages intended to cause hurt or embarrassment to another. Primarily an issue among teens and young adults, cyberbullying is occurring more frequently due to access to the Internet, social networking sites and increased cell phone capabilities. The National Crime Prevention Council reports that more than half of the teenagers in the United States have either been victimized or involved with a bullying incident. Cyberbullying is presently one of the lead causes of suicide attempts among 10-24 year olds who have been threatened and harassed by their peers.

In response to this growing problem, The Sage Colleges brought in experts from law enforcement, higher education, mental health agencies and student advocates against bullying to address concerns.  

  • What is cyber bullying?
  • How do you stop it once it begins?
  • What is the law?
  • Are there prevention programs? 
  • What is the parents’ role in prevention?
  • What is the schools’ role?
  • How do we take action?

Cyberbullying 2010

The event was moderated by Jack Aernecke, retired news anchor and business-tech reporter at CBS 6 Albany. Panel members include:

Vincent Porfirio- Assistant Dean of Students, The Sage Colleges, and Program Director for Sage Allies Safe Zone

Glenn Liebman- CEO, Mental Health Association in NY State

Melanie Puorto- Director of the NYS Office of Mental Health Suicide Prevention Initiative

Erica Gross- Russell Sage College Student, advocate against cyberbullying

Lieutenant Joe Donohue- Computer Crimes Unit, NY State Police

Laurae Coburn- Assistant Professor, Professional School Counseling Program, The Sage Colleges

John Rickert- Principal, Niskayuna High School


Thursday, December 9
6 – 8PM
Kahl Campus Center
Sage College of Albany
140 New Scotland Ave.

Wendy Diefendorf
Sage – Director of Graduate/Adult Admission
(518) 292-8615
[email protected]


Cyberbullying: Keeping Children Safe:  free and open to the public. The content is suitable for parents, teens, college students, educators, counselors and any concerned individuals who wish to attend.

Sage would like to thank the sponsors of this event:

New York State Office of Mental Health Suicide Prevention Initiative, Zone 5, Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council Inc., Mental Health Association in NY State, Metroland and Saratoga National Golf Club.