The UK has seen too much social cruelty this past week, and now tragedy as well, with the suicide of 14-year-old Hannah Smith. Though there has been plenty of news coverage and analysis already – linking Hannah’s suicide to cruel comments in social site Ask.fm – a formal inquiry into what happened has only just […]
Category Archives: cyberbullying prevention
This was good to see: What looked like a truly anti-social media company, game developer Square Enix, saw irresponsibility for what it was and quickly reversed a stupid marketing decision. I’d like to take it as a sign that – in this very social media environment where users are co-producers with the providers of their […]
What a project and what a service to anybody trying to get a handle on a long-standing social problem! I’m referring to the recently released “Bullying in a Networked Era: A Literature Review” of more than 150 surveys, articles and other references from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the latest […]
You’ve probably heard the phrase “kill ‘em with kindness” for disarming detractors, well in social media it’s more like swamping – flooding – public, sometimes collective, cruelty with kindness, acceptance, respect, etc. That was a powerful tactic used by students I wrote about in Part 1 of this series, but it has been practiced to […]
A just-released study from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that cyberbullying is “only rarely the sole factor identified in teen suicides.” The study’s author, John LeBlanc, MD, was quoted in the press release as saying that “cyberbullying is a factor in some suicides, but almost always there are other factors such as mental illness […]
This is how it’s done in social media. Viral kindness. If social cruelty can get piled on in social media, so can compassion. Just watch “We Are All Daniel Cui,” which shows how more than 100 students at Hillsborough High School in northern California defeated cyberbullying by swamping it with support for soccer goalie Daniel […]
Spread the word to young app developers and code writers at your house or school: ReachOut.com has just announced its national “Don’t Just Stand By” Facebook App Developer Competition. Launched at the SxSW conference, the competition “calls on teens 13-17 to create a Facebook app that will help inform and empower potential bystanders of cyberbullying […]
Online harassment and cyberbullying is doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It’s grounded in the targeted student’s school life and its mitigation has a lot to do with that context. Here’s what I’m currently seeing about cyberbullying prevention and mitigation.
Cyberbullying cases are very individual, based on real-world relationships and school life, so schools need to talk with students and parents when cyberbullying heats up.
A new study shows correlation between cyberbullying and suicidal ideation similar to traditional bullying and suicidal thoughts.