An interesting finding from the UK ChildLine's just-released report: "For the first time in the charity's 28-year history, more counselling took place online (59%) than by telephone (41%)," the BBC reported about the free, 24-hour counseling service for Britons up to age 19. A disturbing finding: "a significant increase in racist bullying.… A common theme was children being called a 'terrorist' or … [Read more...] about UK children’s ChildLine: Read the coverage carefully
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?
Think how digital spaces, homes, schools, workplaces and everywhere else we human beings congregate would change were every child to be kindly, respectfully taught the following skills: Self-awareness: The ability to 1) recognize emotions and thoughts and how they affect behavior and 2) assess one’s strengths and limitations Self-management: The ability to regulate emotions, … [Read more...] about All kids deserve the safety & other benefits of social-emotional learning
Schools and parents may be interested to hear about a pilot program Facebook has put in place with Maryland's Attorney General Douglas Gansler, because – if successful – it may roll out nationwide. The "Educator Escalation Channel" offers school staff dealing with cyberbullying (one point person per school system) a "direct channel" to Facebook staff that handles abuse reports, the AG's office … [Read more...] about Will Maryland AG’s project with Facebook teach him about social media?
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 about the hate messages on Hannah Smith's page is true – and it's very likely to be – … [Read more...] about Reflexive responses to digital bullying & self-harm not helpful