Certainly what all the coverage of the Murrysville, Pennsylvania, school stabbings indicates is a society trying to make sense of a so far inexplicable tragedy, but there is no – zero – sense or accuracy in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "report" that this is "the latest face of the national epidemic of school violence." There is no such epidemic. In fact, the latest national data available shows a … [Read more...] about In the face of school violence, what do we default to?
A study cited in "When Popularity Backfires" at Time.com found that socially ambitious kids can be just as likely to experience bullying and harassment as "social outcasts" at school. Interested in the "hotspots" of social aggression in students' social experiences at school, sociology professors Robert Faris at University of California Davis and Diane Felmlee at Pennsylvania State University … [Read more...] about Popularity: The other kind of vulnerability
It's being said that the preference pendulum in social media culture is swinging back from transparency (as in Facebook) to anonymity (as in Whisper). And the growing popularity of the Whisper app – where users' posts are Internet meme-style photos overlaid with text (the app makes posting easy by offering up photos it "thinks" match your text, and you get to pick one). People can respond by … [Read more...] about Whisper’s popularity no longer a secret
You may have seen "The Bullying Experiment" video that has gone viral (as of this writing, 3.1 million views on YouTube). Two actors stage a bullying incident (the bigger one threatening and pushing around the other) a bunch of times in various locations on a university campus. The "experiment" is apparently about seeing whether unsuspecting observers step in and try to stop the "bullying," and to … [Read more...] about ‘Bullying Experiment’ video: What’s wrong with this picture?
Read Caitlin Seida's story for a great example of resilience and how to be an upstander online. Caitlin had publicly posted an unflattering Halloween photo of herself, forgetting to make it private, and the photo – along with plenty of nasty comments – went viral. What started out to be a fun Halloween became a nightmare. "I don’t generally view my body size as positive or negative – it simply … [Read more...] about A courageous target turned upstander