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Monday, February 25, 2008

Window on cyberbullying

For some valuable high school students' views on cyberbullying, see the Paly Voice, the students online newspaper of Palo Alto High School. For example, it tells of how "many students who use Facebook to bully each other do not leave negative comments directly on each other's profiles because their identities would be made public." Instead they leave them in a widget-enabled spot called "Honesty Box," where "students are not afraid to go all out, holding nothing back." Facebook reportedly maintains a neutral position on these little applications that third parties offer to its users, and some are pure entertainment, but others seem to lend themselves more to negative behavior than positive. "In addition to the Honesty Box, other applications such as 'Compare People' allow them to bully their peers." And they do, the Paly Voice says: "In Compare People, photos of two random students are presented with a question and a third peer votes on which friend fits the question more. Anyone who has the application can vote their peers superlatives like 'Most popular' and 'Hottest'."



Blogger Shaping Youth said...

Thanks, Anne, we'd heard about this a lot from our Shaping Youth teen users and this verifies the phenom in spades...clearly a 'less than ideal' hurtsome factor if not blatant bullying; so it fits our series on 'bullying' this week and 'special needs' as it pertains to youth social media and schoolyard engagement overall...Sadly, my system crashed so I'm unable to post pronto and carry this forward but will get to it soon...Hope to see you at the CyberSafety Summit in Burbank if I can break free for a jiff from the Bay area. All best, Amy

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