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Facebook’s Global Safety Network Summit: Online Well-Being

A couple weeks ago, I attended Facebook’s annual Global Safety Network Summit in Washington, DC, to hang out with colleagues and long-time friends, and to make some new connections as well. Facebook first discussed the new safety initiatives they are implementing such as their outstanding new suicide prevention tools in Live and Messenger (check them…

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The Priority for Cyberbullying Prevention in 2017 and Beyond

With First Lady-Elect Melania Trump mentioning cyberbullying would be the major social issue she would like to prioritize and tackle during her husband’s U.S. presidential administration, everyone in my line of work has been buzzing about what that could possibly mean. These last eight years have brought good progress with anti-bullying and anti-cyberbullying efforts by…

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Resilience: Avoiding Victimization By Developing Social Competence

This presentation is designed for youth professionals who would like to supplement their existing programming and policies with student-centered empowerment. As more attention is given to the importance of cultivating socio-emotional learning skills among students, it seems vital to increasingly consider one often-neglected component: resilience. As critical as it is to shape and improve the…

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Cyberbullying and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This presentation is designed for school administrators, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other professionals who desire a comprehensive understanding of (and action plan to deal with) cyberbullying among youth with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These students arguably are among those most vulnerable to this growing problem, and have been characterized as the “perfect victim.”…

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Coaches, Student Athletes, and the Misuse of Social Media

With each new year, coaches are increasingly dealing with the challenges of social media. This can include inappropriate, unethical, and even illegal student-athlete conduct directly or indirectly related to their online communications. Recently, some schools are even mandating that informal or formal monitoring of students takes place by coaches, but not providing clear guidance on…

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Student Athletes and Social Media

Student athletes are no different than other teens and young adults in their social media use participation. However, they may arguably be held to a higher standard given their visibility and how reputationally and fiscally important sports and athletics are to most schools and universities. While most student athletes are doing the right things online…

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How Social Media Helps Teens Cope With Anxiety, Depression, and Self-Harm

It is easy for many adults – whether educators or parents – to focus on the negatives of social media in the lives of teens today. This is understandable, because they are the ones who have to deal with the fallout when adolescents make mistakes online (cyberbullying incidents, sexting cases, electronic dating violence, digital reputation…

Helping Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder when Bullied or Cyberbullied

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects social communication and often is marked by restricted interests, repetitive behaviors, and focus and sensory issues. ASD is diagnosed along a continuum from Level 1 (which can be equated to traditional conceptions of Asperger’s Syndrome – a term largely outdated), to Level 2 (where the…