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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean Officially Proclaim April 5 ‘Cyberbullying Awareness Day’

Haslam and Dean join Centerstone in recognizing concerns for Tennessee youth

Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean have joined with Centerstone and each declared April 5 to be Cyberbullying Awareness Day. The proclamations, which identify cyberbullying as a “destructive health concern for young people in our nation,” were issued in conjunction with a four-part series taking place at Lipscomb University this month – one of which will take place this evening.

The official proclamations issued by the two leaders state that The State of Tennessee, Metropolitan Nashville, Davidson County and Centerstone “share a commitment toward the emotional good health of our citizens and encourage the education of cyber bullying awareness and the recognition of risk factors in our youth.”

Just days after the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that all parents should have a “family on-line use plan” to protect the health of their children, Lipscomb University and Centerstone are presenting a free community forum this evening at 7 p.m. on the campus of Lipscomb University. The forum is designed to educate, empower and protect families in the digital world. National child online safety experts and local mental health experts will discuss cyberbullying, online privacy concerns and health issues related to Internet use on a daily basis.

Moderated by former Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) and Centerstone Board Member Deborah Taylor Tate, the series, Leadership and Civility in the Digital Age, is exploring how technology has affected leadership, community and citizenship. This evening’s discussion will specifically focus on “Educating, Empowering and Protecting Children and Teens in a Digital Age” and will feature a panel discussion of experts from Centerstone.

“Technology has changed the way we interact with government and each other, so it has changed the way we accomplish things as a community,” said Tate, who was known as the “Children’s Commissioner” for her work on child safety and the Internet. “As we work to build on past community successes, we must take into account the digital world and how it shapes our perspectives, our knowledge and our lifestyles.

Tonight’s session will take place at 7 p.m. CT in room 301 of Lipscomb University’s Ezell Center. The final two sessions of the series will take place on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. CT and Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. CT in the same location.

About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities and 170 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves more than 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or visit our website: www.centerstone.org.

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