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Autism and Cyberbullying

I spoke at an Autism conference last week, and presented information on cyberbullying victimization and ASD youth.  I am particularly interested in this population as one of my close friends is on the spectrum, and has shared with me his experiences being harassed by peers who perceive them as “different.”  These youth are especially susceptible…

Cyberbullying Research Summary: Victimization of Adolescent Girls Cyberbullying Research Center

Cyberbullying Research Summary: Victimization of Adolescent Girls

This Research Summary highlights the specific cyberbullying experiences of teenaged girls through the content analysis of detailed responses received from victims. Burgess-Proctor, A., Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2009). Cyberbullying research summary: Victimization of Adolescent Girls. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from https://cyberbullying.org/cyberbullying_girls_victimization.pdf Download PDF

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Cyberbullying Research Summary: Emotional and Psychological Consequences

This Research Summary specifies how adolescents are negatively affected by cyberbullying by highlighting how online aggression leads to adolescent strain and stress, which then can create developmental and functional concerns. Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. (2009). Cyberbullying research summary: Emotional and Psychological Consequences. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from https://cyberbullying.org/cyberbullying_emotional_consequences.pdf Download PDF

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Facebook privacy settings

Thankfully, Facebook is soon going to restructure the way it displays privacy settings to users.  Currently, those settings are scattered across multiple pages, and it is a chore for individuals to customize them to their liking.   When we talk to elementary, middle, and high-schoolers, we ask about those settings – and have found that very…

Cyberbullying Fact Sheet: Viewing Email Header Information Cyberbullying Research Center

Cyberbullying Fact Sheet: Viewing Email Header Information

This Fact Sheet specifies how individuals who receive malicious emails can view the email header information to discern the Internet Service Provider to contact and alert of the situation. Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. (2009). Cyberbullying fact sheet: Viewing email header information. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from https://cyberbullying.org/viewing_cyberbullying_email_headers.pdf Download PDF

Cyberbullying Fact Sheet: Common Chat Room and Text Messaging Abbreviations Cyberbullying Research Center

Cyberbullying Fact Sheet: Common Chat Room and Text Messaging Abbreviations

This Fact Sheet defines and explains the multiple acronyms and shortcuts used by teens during computer-mediated communication such as texting, instant messaging, and chatting. Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. (2014). Cyberbullying Fact Sheet: Common Chat Room and Text Messaging Abbreviations. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from https://cyberbullying.org/cyberbullying_chat_abbreviations.pdf Download PDF

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Safe and Responsible Social Networking: Strategies for Keeping Yourself Safe Online

This handout provides commonsense strategies for encouraging and enabling youth to think about important issues when posting content on social networking sites. Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2009). Safe and Responsible Social Networking: Strategies for Keeping Yourself Safe Online. Cyberbullying Research Center. Download PDF

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Cyberbullying on Facebook

A teenager from New York has filed a lawsuit against Facebook, four high-school classmates who used the site to harass her, and their parents.  Specifically, two boys and two girls created a Facebook group called password-protected “90 Cents Short Of A Dollar,” in order to “hold [her] up to public hatred, ridicule and disgrace.”  Content…

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Cyberbullying and Online Harassment: Reconceptualizing the Victimization of Adolescent Girls

Growing public awareness of electronic bullying and harassment among adolescents suggests the need to empirically investigate this increasingly common and problematic behavior. Although studies of cyberbullying and online harassment among young people are nascent, preliminary findings suggest that victimization can undermine the freedom of youth to use and explore valuable online resources, and may have…

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Anti-cyberbullying curriculum for schools

Our colleague Mike Donlin, over at the Seattle Public Schools District, recently headed up a comprehensive project to create an initial set of Internet safety curriculum materials focusing specifically on cyberbullying.  His state of Washington has been very progressive in creating and promoting anti-cyberbullying legislation (see RCW 28A.300.285 for more information), and has realized that…