Wanda Cassidy

media release

Advisory: Cyberbullying the focus of first President’s Faculty Lecture Series of 2019

February 20, 2019

Wanda Cassidy, Faculty of Education, 778 836 8364, cassidy@sfu.ca
Braden McMillan, University Communications, 778.782.3210, Bradenm@sfu.ca

Simon Fraser University education professor Wanda Cassidy will kick off this year’s first President’s Faculty Lecture Series with a presentation on the extent, impacts, and solutions to cyberbullying in our schools and universities. Over the course of her one-hour lecture, Cassidy will present the results of research involving students in B.C. schools and students and faculty at Canadian universities.

Cassidy’s timely lecture takes place just days before Canadians participate in Pink Shirt Day 2019, which is dedicated to combating cyberbullying. Her presentation will highlight the impacts of cyberbullying across ages, as well as solutions that are proving effective in addressing the issue in the age of social media.

WHAT: SFU President’s Faculty Lecture Series: Cyberbullying in our Schools and Universities – Extent, Impacts, and Solutions

WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 2019; Lecture: 6 p.m. | Reception: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Studio 103 at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby)

Wanda Cassidy will be available for interviews immediately following the lecture.

For more details and to RSVP, CLICK HERE

Free and open to all, the President's Faculty Lecture Series is a public program aimed at showcasing outstanding SFU faculty and their research, and strengthening relationships between the university and the many communities they serve.


  • One in three BC school students report being victims of cyberbullying but only 11 per cent of parents are aware their child is being bullied
  • 25 per cent of Canadian university students report having experienced cyberbullying in the past year (12 per cent by friends, 14 per cent by strangers, two per cent by faculty)
  • 25 per cent of Canadian university faculty report having experienced cyberbullying in past year (15 per cent by students, 12 per cent by colleagues)
  • Impacts of cyberbullying can be serious and long-lasting



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