Parent Presentation Virtual Option

Ryan’s Story

A Father’s Hard-Earned Lessons About Cyberbullying and Suicide

Parents are struggling with decisions regarding social media and smartphone access for their children. The middle/high school years are now more challenging than ever with the pandemic driving them to spend even more time on-line. Cyberbullying and suicide are on the rise – an increase that has been linked to social media and smartphone use further exacerbated by this increased time and stress.


John Halligan is all too familiar with these widespread concerns among parents of tweens and teens. John lost his thirteen-year-old son, Ryan, to suicide in 2003. Ryan was one of the first victims of cyberbullying as social media began to emerge as an opportunity for peers to bully from a distance and behind a computer screen. John wishes he had prepared his sweet, sensitive son to be less vulnerable. He shares with the audience the heartbreaking story of Ryan’s short life, including his lessons learned and precautions parents, can take regarding technology. Although the occurrence of Ryan’s social media experience was in a relatively nascent time frame of social media, the advice and lessons provided are bridged and made relevant to today’s world. John delivers sound and practical advice based on first-hand experience and over 17 years of studying the trends.



  • Parents/Guardians will ...

  • Be better prepared in dealing with bullying and cyberbullying of their child.

  • Become more informed in making decisions regarding access to social media.

  • Know how to respond if their child is struggling with mental health and or thoughts of suicide.

  • Be more in tune with helping their child build coping skills and resiliency


  • Live event via Zoom by my account

  • Flyer provided with registration link

  • Length: 60 minutes plus 30 minutes Q&A

  • Audience: Parents/Guardians Only

  • Scheduled Time Options:  Daytime for stay/work at home parents/guardians and/or evening 7PM

  • Price: $700 per school community session / unlimited audience size