Password Management Software for Teens Cyberbullying Research Center

Password Management Software for Teens

Think about how many times every day you use a password on a phone, computer, social media site, gaming network, or another online account. Passwords are a huge part of our daily lives. Technically, they serve as authentication to identify people as being who they claim to be. Correct authentication is supposed to prevent others…

Speaking to Teens at Parochial Schools about Bullying Cyberbullying Research Center

Speaking to Teens at Parochial Schools about Bullying

Apart from our efforts within various public schools around the nation, Justin and I also work regularly with parochial schools as they attempt to reduce bullying and encourage kindness across their campuses. This gives us a chance to really connect with the youth there in a powerful way by dovetailing their faith with a call…

Cyberbullying Less Emotionally Impactful than In-Person Bullying? Cyberbullying Research Center

Cyberbullying Less Emotionally Impactful than In-Person Bullying?

Researchers at the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) just published a paper in the journal Psychology of Violence that explores the question of whether technology “amplifies” the harm for youth who are harassed. Anecdotally, we have heard this to be the case from many youth over the years:…

Nothing Works? Taking Stock of America’s “War on Bullying” Cyberbullying Research Center

Nothing Works? Taking Stock of America’s “War on Bullying”

The Obama administration arguably declared war on bullying in the fall of 2010 when it convened the first federally-supported Bullying Prevention Summit. In 2011, stopbullying.gov was launched. That same year, I attended a conference hosted by President Obama at the White House, where he said: “If there is one goal of this conference, it is…

Bullying, Students with Disabilities, and Federal Law Cyberbullying Research Center

Bullying, Students with Disabilities, and Federal Law

At a recent conference in Chester County, Pennsylvania, I had the privilege of getting to know Andy Faust, who is an authority on special education law at Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP. In particular, I was impressed by his level of expertise and intrigued by his astute observations about the Individuals with Disabilities Education…

Setting up a Free Bullying and Cyberbullying Reporting System with Google Voice Cyberbullying Research Center

Setting up a Free Bullying and Cyberbullying Reporting System with Google Voice

I have written in the past on anonymous reporting systems in schools, and I strongly advocate for them whenever I have the opportunity to speak to educators on how they should prevent cyberbullying. Based on your own observations, I am sure you’d agree with me that youth are way more comfortable texting/typing – especially when…

Wisconsin Extends Restraining Orders Beyond State Borders Cyberbullying Research Center

Wisconsin Extends Restraining Orders Beyond State Borders

Last week Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law 2015 Assembly Bill 10, which amends state statute 801.04(1) so that Wisconsin judges can now issue restraining orders in cases of domestic abuse, child and at-risk adult abuse, and harassment against persons outside of the state of Wisconsin. Specifically, subsection 813.015 was added to 801.04(1): 813.015…

Bullying is Not Just a Kid Problem Cyberbullying Research Center

Bullying is Not Just a Kid Problem

Cyberbullying among university students has been in the media a lot lately, with a particular emphasis on newer anonymous apps like Yik Yak and Burnbook. Last fall I wrote a post for my university’s Medium blog on the topic of bullying among college students. I thought I would re-post it here for those who may…

Small Samples Don’t Speak “Truth” Cyberbullying Research Center

Small Samples Don’t Speak “Truth”

Our primary mission at the Cyberbullying Research Center is to translate the research we and others do into something that is meaningful and interpretable to teens, parents, educators, and others dedicated to preventing and responding more effectively to cyberbullying. When we first launched this website (10 years ago!), there wasn’t much research being done, and…

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What the Best Bullying and Cyberbullying Assembly Speakers Do

Last week I shared what I feel are the most important considerations for schools planning to host bullying assembly programs. This week, I wanted to focus on speakers themselves. As you may know from your own experiences, there are fantastic ones out there, but there are also many who leave a lot to be desired.…

Bullying Assembly Programs - What Schools Need to Know Cyberbullying Research Center

Bullying Assembly Programs – What Schools Need to Know

Schools have been organizing assemblies to address bullying, substance abuse, and a variety of other student issues for as long as I can remember. I definitely remember sitting through them during middle school in particular, and – unfortunately – tuning out because I just didn’t feel like I could connect with the speaker. When it…

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Educator Searches of Private Student Social Media Profiles: The Illinois Experiment

Last summer, Illinois (somewhat quietly) passed a new bullying law that took effect on January 1, 2015. The law includes language similar to at least 13 other states which makes it clear that schools have the authority to discipline students for cyberbullying that occurs off campus (and outside of a school-sponsored activity), when such behavior…

Chances are, Your Teen has NOT Sexted Cyberbullying Research Center

Chances are, Your Teen has NOT Sexted

Despite a recent headline announcing the opposite, most teens do not sext. Kelly Wallace wrote an article for CNN back in November which was updated and reposted last week. Most of the content of the article is accurate, and I certainly appreciate that she referred to published research and interviewed people who know what they…

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Yakety Yak: What’s Up With Yik Yak?

I first wrote about Yik Yak back in March, when the app took several suburban schools by storm. High school administrators around Chicago were deluged with incidents stemming from inappropriate student use of this app, ranging from bullying to bomb threats. To their credit, the administrators of the app responded quickly and restricted its use…

Student Advisory Boards Can Inform Bullying Policies and Prevention Cyberbullying Research Center

Student Advisory Boards Can Inform Bullying Policies and Prevention

Whenever I visit schools to give a cyberbullying assembly or presentation to parents in the community, I am also typically asked to sit down and chat with the administrators about the policies and programs they have in place. Here, they let me know what they have been doing to identify, address, and prevent teen technology…

ITO Club - Student Leaders Transforming School Climate to Prevent Bullying Cyberbullying Research Center

ITO Club – Student Leaders Transforming School Climate to Prevent Bullying

For a few years now, I have admired the leadership and initiative of Ms. Geraldine Johnson, Bullying Prevention Coordinator for Pennsylvania’s Cumberland Valley School District. She stands out in my mind as one of the most caring youth workers I have ever known, and it is so inspiring to see the love she has for…

The Case for Including Intent in a Definition of Bullying Cyberbullying Research Center

The Case for Including Intent in a Definition of Bullying

Last week I presented at the International Bullying Prevention Association’s annual conference in San Diego, CA. This was the second time that I have participated in this event, and both experiences were enjoyable and educational. The attendees (over 700 strong this year) are generally very interested in the work that we are doing at the…

Our Website Crashed: Why That’s Not Necessarily a Bad Thing Cyberbullying Research Center image 3

Our Website Crashed: Why That’s Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

Our website was down for a couple of days last week which was *extremely* maddening for us as we pride ourselves in giving our faithful followers free and unfettered access to our resources without interruption. The cause of the downtime was, well, to put it bluntly: You! Nearly a quarter of a million people visited…

Getting Teens to Rethink Cyberbullying Cyberbullying Research Center image 4

Getting Teens to Rethink Cyberbullying

This year, I’ve enjoyed being in touch with Trisha Prabhu, a 14-year-old freshman at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois. In the fall of 2013, after hearing about a young girl’s suicide because of cyberbullying, she set out to design a long-term solution to cyberbullying. Her work led her to the product Rethink, which…

A Girl and her Guitar, Inspiring Bullying Victims to Stay Strong Cyberbullying Research Center image 3

A Girl and her Guitar, Inspiring Bullying Victims to Stay Strong

Recently, I have been in touch with Kathleen, who won Seventeen Magazine’s 2013 Mean Stinks contest by sharing a song she wrote which has been played in over thirty schools nationwide. It’s not just any song, it’s a song rooted in Kathleen’s desire to use her talents to encourage teens like her who have experienced…

Cyberbullying Prevention through Dance and the Spoken Word Cyberbullying Research Center image 3

Cyberbullying Prevention through Dance and the Spoken Word

As National Bullying Prevention Month rolls on, we continue to highlight extraordinary movements and projects designed to combat cruelty and rekindle kindness, tolerance, and respect. Today, I want to feature the efforts of MusEffect, a very talented dance company out of Los Angeles. I have been in touch with their director, Jessica Starr, because I…

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Natural Day – Love Yourself Before You Can Love Others

Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to get to know Sanah Jivani, who is a senior at Klein Collins High School, and the founder of the international #naturalday movement. I was blown away by her story, and told her how important it was for others to hear it and be inspired by it (as I…

What Jennifer Lawrence can teach us about sexting among teens Cyberbullying Research Center

What Jennifer Lawrence can teach us about sexting among teens

This week, the Washington Post proclaimed that “sexting is the new first base.” This assertion was grounded in the results of a research study first published in 2012 (based on data from 2010). Researchers found that over one-fourth (28%) of 948 teens from seven public high schools in southeast Texas had sent a naked picture…