Sage to Host Panel of Experts to Address Cyberbullying

December 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm


Albany, NY – The Sage Colleges are proud to host a timely panel presentation titled, “Cyberbullying: Keeping Children Safe” on Thursday, December 9 at 6PM on The Sage College of Albany campus.

Cyberbullying occurs when interactive technology is used to transmit images or messages intended to cause hurt or embarrassment to another. Primarily an issue among teenagers 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 will bring in experts from law enforcement, higher education, mental health agencies and student advocates against bullying to address concerns.  

·         What is cyberbullying?

·         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?

The event will be moderated by Jack Aernecke, Retired Anchor and Business-Tech Reporter, CBS 6. Panel members include:

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

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


Cyberbullying: Keeping Children is 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.