PRESS RELEASE – Breaking the of silence: Youth speak out against cyberbullying at the BullyStop Hackathon

PRESS Release
Attention: Assignment /Education/Crime Editor
For Immediate Release
12 March 2016

Breaking the </code> of silence: Youth speak out against cyberbullying at the BullyStop Hackathon

VANCOUVER – What’s a parent to do when the hardships that were once restricted to the school yard such as bullying and name calling, come creeping into the house, scurry down the hall and are sitting next to your child on a screen while they try to do their homework?

The reality is, for most parents (and teachers), children are going to know more about smartphones and apps before you have a chance to learn how to pronounce them. This makes combatting issues like cyberbullying incredibly difficult.

For this reason, The Canadian Safe School Network (CSSN) is turning to the experts. We’re inviting high school students to partake in a series of hackathons focused on putting an end to cyberbullying. The BullyStop Hackathon, presented by Lighthouse Labs and sponsored by TELUS WISE, is a full day interactive event inviting engaged students to discuss social media, technology, and help put an end to cyberbullying. Groups of youth will work alongside tech experts, educators and law enforcement to brainstorm and build solutions in the form of iOS apps. Students will learn about computer coding for iOS, how to storyboard their ideas, and how to develop a concept ready for market.

This ground-up approach to delivering youth designed digital solutions comes shortly after Premier Christy Clark announced that BC will introduce computer coding in the provincial school curriculum. “Every kindergarten to grade 12 student will have…the opportunity to learn the basics of coding,” She stated at the BC Tech Summit in January 2016. The new B.C. coding curriculum (along with many other new curriculum amendments) is currently being developed and will be introduced over the next three years. We believe that this is an important event, not simply to help eradicate cyberbullying, but to encourage youth to enhance their digital literacy and create positive change in a fun and engaged way.

This series of events is being held in 4 Canadian cities in the coming months. The Vancouver event will launch the series and be held in downtown Vancouver on Saturday March 12, 2016 at Lighthouse Labs, 128 W Hastings St #300, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G9. More information can be found online: Participants at this event include Ms. Carol Todd founder of the Amanda Todd Legacy Society, Superintendents from the VSB, and members of local law enforcement. There are still limited student spots available. Help us to fill this event by passing this information to any students interested in social justice, youth engagement, leadership, social media or technology. No coding experience necessary!

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Renee Goncalves
Canadian Safe Schools Network
778.877.9525 (on-site)

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