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WIU Professor's Interactive Bullying Survey Available in Conjunction with WQPT's New Anti-Bullying Program

March 15, 2013

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – An interactive bullying survey for parents and children created by Western Illinois University School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Associate Professor Jill Myers is available on WQPT's website (see According to Lora Adams, director of marketing and local content at WQPT-Quad Cities PBS—a media service of WIU-QC in Moline—The Cyber Safe Cyber Savvy Survey provides an additional anti-bullying resource for families and is available in conjunction with WQPT's promotion of its new program, "Stop Bullying with Dr. Jennifer Caudle," which is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18.

In 2011, Myers, along with two other faculty members from WIU's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), published a book that offers school administrators guidance for handling the increasing problem of cyber bullying. "Responding to Cyber Bullying: An Action Tool for School Leaders"—by Myers, Educational Leadership Professor Donna McCaw and Instructional Design and Technology Associate Professor Leaunda Hemphill—provides, among other things, the "top 10 rules" that govern school authority over student cyber expression and practical guides for school administrators.

Myers' survey is available on WQPT's website at, and it is designed for parents and children to take together to further discussion about the topic of bullying. (Myers will also appear on the new Western Illinois University Television [UTV] program, "The Purple Chair," this June. For more information about "The Purple Chair," see

According to WQPT Interim Manager Jamie Lange, the new program, "Stop Bullying with Dr. Jennifer Caudle," resulted from the station's community conversations through its "Achieve Quad Cities" project.

"Through these conversations, we discovered that the top reason given for dropping out of school was bullying," Lange said. "As a result of those talks, we felt the next logical step was to see what we could do as a station to convene the many anti-bullying programs in our area and highlight their services."

WQPT, in conjunction with nonprofits addressing bullying—known as CARE QC (Connecting Anti-Bullying Resources and Education)—has provided community conversations, television programming and a performance of "The Ugly Duckling" by Ballet Quad Cities.

The new program—which is comprised of a panel discussion recorded Feb. 21—was moderated by Jennifer Caudle, an anti-bullying expert and an assistant professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The discussion featured panelists Angie Kendall, community education program manager, Child Abuse Council; Robin Peterson of Genesis Psychology Associates; Ellie Hoeper, a student and member of "Stamp Out Bullies" Drama Team; and Jerry Jones, a parent and the chief operating officer for the United Way of the Quad City Area.

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