Each November Internet-safety organizations, tech and media companies, researchers, authors and policymakers gather in Washington, D.C., to get an update on young people’s social media practices, safety and privacy at “FOSI,” the nickname for the Family Online Safety Institute’s annual conference. That update just happened, and here are my top takeaways. Internet safety not really […]
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One of the things we ConnectSafely folk often say to parents asking us about online safety measures is, first and foremost, “Talk with your kids.” We say that for a number of reasons, the chief one being that there is no single safety measure – whether it’s a rule or parental-control tool – that’s right […]
Readers, as new information has emerged in the UK’s recent teen suicide case, I felt it might be useful to you if I gather together some insights, wisdom and context on “digital self-harm” from the past several years into one place. So here’s Part 2 (Part 1 is here)…. If what Ask.fm executives reportedly said […]
This article was originally published June 11, 2012, then my service’s server crashed, losing months of data. So reposting 10/2/12. A lot of adults wonder why kids don’t often tell a parent or “trusted adult” they’re experience bullying, and what Aaron Cheese, 15, told his mom, finally, after years of dealing with it in silence, […]
“When a child mentions schoolyard dialog that sounds almost surreal, or reveals an eyebrow raising text message and asks, ‘ok, so what would you say to THIS?’ I want to be able to apply calm, social emotional learning rather than have analysis paralysis with stunned, kneejerk reactions to blunt, crude one-liners, thinking ‘wth? did they […]
Please note: There is no cyberbullying epidemic. Like author and anti-bullying expert Rosalind Wiseman, I can’t believe how many times I’ve been asked about “the epidemic” and what’s to be done about it. Rosalind suggests that the epidemic is in bad PSAs and “educational” videos aimed at bullying prevention. I agree, but also suggest that […]
Great advice for parents on how to handle situations where teachers, coaches, etc. bully their children
The “Jessi Slaughter” story is a textbook example of why digital-citizenship instruction needs to be a national priority – and points to a good test for its effectiveness down the line.
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.
Environment is a key factor in dealing with cyberbullying, research shows: yes, to a degree the media environment, but cyberbullying is largely a reflection of student relationships and its context more the life of the school community than the Internet (or cellphones or any other devices).