When Justin Patchin, professor and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, talks to high school students in school assemblies, he asks them to give him an estimate of what percentage of teens have cyberbullied someone. "Somebody will shout out a number like 60 or 70%. Then I ask them, ok, raise your hand if you think it's higher than that, and the vast majority will raise their hands, … [Read more...] about Kids deserve the truth about cyberbullying
I think the very reason why this year's big-media anti-bullying campaign featuring CNN's Anderson Cooper has a much more effective message – "Stop Bullying: Speak Up" – is because a social media partner's involved. Last year, Cooper was host of a TV special report, "Bullying: No Escape," sponsored by Time Inc., CNN, and Cartoon Network, eSchoolNews reports. This year a more positive and … [Read more...] about An appropriately social anti-bullying campaign
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 we've been experiencing an epidemic of news coverage of … [Read more...] about A cyberbullying epidemic? No!
Delete them, plain and simple. That's what criminology professor Justin Patchin at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire advises teens in his blog. Parents, this is not what you'll hear from law enforcement people or school personnel because their jobs require them to obtain and report evidence of a crime. But if kids "follow this advice, they risk prosecution for possession of child porn if a … [Read more...] about Sexting: What to tell a kid sent nude photos via cellphone
I don't think research on this exists, but it looks like a lot of schools are still laboring under the misconception that they can't do anything about bullying among students that's "off-campus" because online. School administrators need to be freed of that misconception fast. Even if only one student is being targeted, "off-campus" aggression is substantially disruptive because it not only … [Read more...] about Great advice to schools on cyberbullying