While cyberspace bullying isn't a new concept, it keeps surfacing in schools due to the popularity of social media, like Facebook. To help reduce problems, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District plans to hold an Internet safety class for parents from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Davis Magnet School, 1015 Arlington Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 424-7930.
Last week, at the Board of Education meeting, Rebecca L. Bishai, the district's director of student services, outlined some of the progress being made to prevent bullying in the district's schools.
The following is a Q-and-A interview with Bishai, who's been with the district for more than a decade. She first served as a high school guidance counselor at Estancia High School from 1997-2000 before becoming assistant principal there from 2000-03. From 2003-08, she was the principal of the district's adult education program before she was promoted to director of student services.