Surrounded by some of the best thinkers and researchers in the bullying prevention, social media, and youth empowerment fields, Wednesday (2/29) I got to watch "Born This Way" become "Move This Way" for Lady Gaga, her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, and the movement they want to support and grow. "This is not a bullying prevention foundation," Gaga said, referring to the Born This Way Foundation … [Read more...] about From ‘Born This Way’ to Move This Way: A new foundation
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about David Brooks's column on today's version of evolution and the new survival of the fittest: survival of the most cooperative, whereby people develop moral communities and the social norms that help those communities succeed. Then I watched Brooks's TED Talk about a new humanism that's emerging which expands on that. It's not the right-leaning … [Read more...] about We need to work out the social norms of social media: Why?
On the social Web, where content is not just communication but behavior as well, safety is a shared experience. A single user can't guarantee it, no matter how optimized his privacy settings and practices are, nor can a site – not when people can tag, copy, forward, and instantly mass-distribute photos of and info about each other. That's why education about civility, citizenship, and safety … [Read more...] about 1st look at Facebook’s ‘social [abuse] reporting’
Dateline NBC hit some key points about bullies and bystanders while skimming along the surface in "My Kid Would Never Bully." The show set up two pretty stereotypical scenarios (one involving boys in a gym and the other girls discussing fashion), hired two actors for each (one playing the bully and the other the victim), brought in 3-4 "real kids" who were the bystanders, and had parents and … [Read more...] about ‘The No-Blame Approach’ to defusing bullying
Today (Feb. 23) is Pink Shirt Day in Canada, marking a national movement and international model for defeating bullying – all started by two good guys in Nova Scotia, Travis Price and David Shepherd. You've probably heard the story by now, but – when, back in 2007, the then high school seniors noticed a freshman boy was being picked on for wearing a pink shirt – they figured "that's enough ... … [Read more...] about Pink shirts in Canada: Ultimate social norms model