Connecting Adolescent Suicide to the Severity of Bullying and Cyberbullying

By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin While previous studies have identified that school bullying and cyberbullying victimization among adolescents is associated with suicidal thoughts and attempts, no work has measured the severity of bullying incidents and their impact on the youth at school within that context. As such, a survey was distributed to a…

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Sextortion Among Adolescents: Results From a National Survey of U.S. Youth

By Justin W. Patchin and Sameer Hinduja Sextortion is the threatened dissemination of explicit, intimate, or embarrassing images of a sexual nature without consent, usually for the purpose of procuring additional images, sexual acts, money, or something else. Despite increased public interest in this behavior, it has yet to be empirically examined among adolescents. The…

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What is Bullying?

Most generally, the term bullying is equated to the concept of harassment, which is a form of unprovoked aggression often directed repeatedly toward another individual or group of individuals.[1] However, bullying tends to become more insidious as it continues over time and may be better equated to violence rather than harassment. Accordingly, Erling Roland states…

Empowering Teens to Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral

This talk will teach participants to: Apply evolving best practices in bullying prevention to their own schools and communities Understand how to connect with teens on these issues, so they reduce their own vulnerability Learn how to motivate and inspire youth to combat bullying through kindness initiatives Understand how anonymous reporting systems, peer mentoring, social…

Cyberbullying: Actionable Strategies for Administrators

This talk will teach participants to: Understand the responsibilities of schools which use technology to meet educational needs Consider multiple lower, appellate, and Supreme Court cases which provide precedent and guidance when and how to intervene Determine how policy should be structured, and whether to move towards a prohibitive or permission atmosphere regarding devices Apply…

Bullying and Cyberbullying: How Schools Can Help Parents Do Their Part

This talk will teach participants to: Help educators form an alliance and symbiotic relationship with parents, where both realize they are on the same side, and where they work together Clarify how educators must convey their policies and programming to families strategically, so their role and protocol is known Offer conversation pointers to navigate challenging…

Digital Reputation: What Your Students Need to Know and Do

This talk will teach participants to: Understand youth brain development and how it affects online decisions Identify popular online environments among adolescents today Understand online social networking as a phenomenon, both psychologically and as it plays out among youth Obtain a baseline for what the research says about digital reputation mistakes Identify how adolescents are…

Sexting, Digital Dating Abuse, and Other Online Relationship Issues

This talk will teach participants to: Learn what the research currently says about the prevalence, motivations, and implications of sexting Understand how and why this occurs in obvious and not-so-obvious ways via smartphones and various social media apps Explore the reality of Snapchat hacks, the iCloud celebrity photo hack, and how to prevent such victimization…