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When we first started exploring the issue of cyberbullying over 6 years ago, there weren’t very many of us out there. A very small handful of researchers were studying the problem and virtually nothing had been published in the academic literature. Now, thankfully, cyberbullying is being comprehensively studied by a number of competent research teams. Nevertheless, information from this important work is still slow to make it to the public who so desperately need it. It takes a long time (years in many cases) for a study to yield meaningful results, and even longer for those results to get into the hands of those who can make a difference. That is one of the reasons we started this Web site: to try to bridge the gap between research and practice.

We conducted our first preliminary study on cyberbullying in 2003 and those results didn’t make it into a journal until the spring of 2006. Even so, how many teachers and parents actually read journal articles? Not many, I’m afraid. So we launched cyberbullying.us as a platform from which we could disseminate our important work to those who can benefit most from it.

We continue to empirically study cyberbullying and other technological challenges facing adolescents and the adults who supervise them, but we have made a conscious decision to do a better job of getting that information out to the masses. That is why we spent over a year writing “Bullying beyond the Schoolyard” – because it is more likely that a teacher or parent will stumble across our book in the library than a journal article. We also have been presenting findings from our research in local presentations and workshops around the country for the last couple of years. As academics, it could be easy to simply sit in our offices and study and write about a social problem. While we think it is crucial to contribute to the academic knowledge base concerning cyberbullying, we also want to make sure those who need that knowledge can access it.

The next couple of years should provide valuable insights into the problem of cyberbullying. As I mentioned above, we are aware of several major research projects that are ongoing, in addition to the work that we continue to do. If you are interested in studying this problem and have questions about how to get started, feel free to drop us a line. We’re all in this together…

6 Comments
  1. tony

    hello i am victim of Cyber bylling The intersting fact is that i am grow adult over the age of 20years old…. I am a victim but my family does not beleive me nor do they understand what has been going on… THey think it is only in schools that it happens….

    I think my situation is called cyber harrasment….

    How do i get the point off to family and friends of what has been going on .. And what are the steps to cath these people who are harrasing me?????

    My situation is they have used cell phone camera and have posted a web site or page againt me or maybe a blog of some sort… i need to know how to put an end to this and how to go about it…

    Please get back to me

  2. tony

    hello i am victim of Cyber bylling The intersting fact is that i am grow adult over the age of 20years old…. I am a victim but my family does not beleive me nor do they understand what has been going on… THey think it is only in schools that it happens….

    I think my situation is called cyber harrasment….

    How do i get the point off to family and friends of what has been going on .. And what are the steps to cath these people who are harrasing me?????

    My situation is they have used cell phone camera and have posted a web site or page againt me or maybe a blog of some sort… i need to know how to put an end to this and how to go about it…

    Please get back to me

  3. bob

    you need proof print out the page/blog and call the polic

  4. bob

    you need proof print out the page/blog and call the polic

  5. vm

    I read this article which featured the problems associated with Facebook. The article spoke of a website called Bunbury Shame, this site allows young people to anonymously post comments about their peers. The worst part of this website is that the main purpose of it is to allow teens to spreading gossip about each other anonymously. According to Shanelle Miller, The comments that are posted on the website are typically offensive attacks about the appearance and reputation of local teenagers. Since Bunbury is linked to FaceBook any with a FaceBook account can view and post comments on Bunbury. The disturbing part of this about this website is the fact that facebook is link to it. www.bunburymail.com.au/news/local/news/general/sh…

  6. vm

    I read this article which featured the problems associated with Facebook. The article spoke of a website called Bunbury Shame, this site allows young people to anonymously post comments about their peers. The worst part of this website is that the main purpose of it is to allow teens to spreading gossip about each other anonymously. According to Shanelle Miller, The comments that are posted on the website are typically offensive attacks about the appearance and reputation of local teenagers. Since Bunbury is linked to FaceBook any with a FaceBook account can view and post comments on Bunbury. The disturbing part of this about this website is the fact that facebook is link to it. www.bunburymail.com.au/news/local/news/general/sh…

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