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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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Cell Phone Use Contract

This is a formal agreement to be signed by both parents and children to help facilitate an open line of communication regarding the appropriate use of cell phones. Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2009). Cell Phone Use Contract. Bullying beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Retrieved [insert…

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Family Internet Use Contract

This is a formal agreement to be signed by both parents and children to help facilitate an open line of communication regarding the appropriate use of the Internet. Feel free to customize for your own needs. Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2009). Internet Use Contract. Bullying beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying.…

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Video recordings of student and teacher behavior in the classroom

In this recent story from the West Coast, a 15-year-old high-schooler named Arielle was suspended for two days after surreptitiously capturing video on her cell phone of her chaotic algebra class.  Apparently, the situation was horrible with the teacher unable to control the students, who were participating in paper-ball fights, smoking cigarettes and marijuana, and…

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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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Cyberbullying Education and Regulation

Our colleague Adam Thierer from the Progress & Freedom Foundation has recently published an informative white paper worth reading entitled “Cyberbullying Legislation: Why Education is Preferable to Regulation.” Justin and I keep having to point out in various conversations that strictly punitive strategies fall short in their effort to deter misbehavior, especially among a youthful…

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Facebook Cyberbullying Policy

Here’s a recent query I received from an educator who I have worked with in the past.  I thought her question and my response would be of interest to others so I am posting both here.  Does your school district have a policy regarding cyberbullying or Facebook?  How about cyberbullying on Facebook? Question: “The reason…

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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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The response of private and public schools to cyberbullying

One of the questions we field sometimes involves how private schools differ from public schools in their response to instances of cyberbullying and student misuse of technology.  A case from a private Michigan college illustrates the general distinction that we’ve seen.  In this situation, a 19-year-old male was placed on six-month probation after being accused…

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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…