A St. Louis Mom Turns Her Tragedy Into Hope for Other Families

Unfortunately, bullying has always been a part of growing up. Kids can be very cruel. But lately it seems like they are crossing the line in big ways — and it’s producing big consequences. Thanks to cell phones and online social networks like MySpace and Facebook, 21st century bullying is meaner than ever.

But parents don’t have to be helpless. In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Jewish Connections and the Child Abuse Prevention Program of Jewish Family and Children’s Service are hosting An Evening with Tina Meier. Meier, of St. Charles, knows first-hand about the effects of cyber bullying. On October 17, 2006, her 13-year old daughter, Megan, took her own life after receiving negative messages online.

At this free event, Meier will address cyber bullying, bullying, bystanders and "sexting." She will provide tips on what you and your kids can do to prevent cyber bullying and how to respond if it happens. Meier will also share Megan’s heartbreaking story that made news around the world. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Besides traveling around the country speaking to middle and high school students about bullying, Meier established the Megan Meier Foundation. This non-profit organization is dedicated to bringing awareness and education to cyber bullying. Parents can find information on cyber bullying laws, online support and tips on keeping your kids safe while they socialize online.

An Evening with Tina Meier is taking place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at the Jewish Community Center Performing Arts Center in Creve Coeur, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. Click here for a map. This event is free and open to the public. It’s suitable for both children and adults alike. For more information, please call the Jewish Community Center at 314-993-1000.

 By Andrea Wilson, Events Blogger for SmartParenting            

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