I'm thrilled to tell you that, after a successful crowdfunding campaign and with support from a number of social media companies and the Digital Trust Foundation, iCanHelpline.org, launched today. A joint project of Net Family News and #iCANHELP, it's the California pilot for a national social media "helpdesk" for schools. Though there are Internet helplines in many countries, none are just for … [Read more...] about iCanHelpline launched!
There are some groundbreaking takeaways (and many more insights) in new research from the University of New Hampshire – "The Role of Technology in Peer Harassment: Does It Amplify Harm for Youth?" – and my headline is one of them. Another one is the answer to the question posed in the authors' headline: "no," their data indicates. But before going any further with the takeaways, a bit about the … [Read more...] about Tech likely not the main problem in cyberbullying: Breakthrough study
Hey, everybody! We at NetFamilyNews and iCANHELP would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about (and if possible contributing to) our just-launched crowd funding campaign at Indiegogo. We're in the process of creating a hotline schools can call for help with problems in social media which we'll pilot this coming school year in California. Please click to our page here. We'll … [Read more...] about Help us build & pilot a Social Media Helpline for schools!
Remarkable actor Jakob Salvati is only 11 – and he was only 8 when he played the title role in the film Little Boy released today – but he already gets a core truth about bullying: "Usually the person bullying is someone who is hurting on the inside and hiding it," he wrote me via his publicist. Experts in juvenile justice get this too. At last summer's national bullying prevention … [Read more...] about Wise words on bullying from 11-year-old star of ‘Little Boy’
At some point yesterday, shortly after TED posted it, Monica Lewinsky's 2015 TED Talk had about 198,000 views. One day later, as of this writing, it had gotten 644,394. I believe the reason for this is not just because we're encouraged ourselves when someone has the courage to turn horrific public humiliation into social change. It's also because of the timing of Lewinsky's talk. "There are two … [Read more...] about Monica Lewinsky’s talk going viral: A sign