Bullying and Delinquency: The Impact of Anger and Frustration

Few studies have explored whether individuals who are bullied at school or online are more likely to engage in delinquent behavior. Even less is known about whether negative emotions (i.e., anger or frustration)—as a result of being victimized—mediate the relationships between being bullied or cyberbullied and delinquency (as predicted by Agnew’s general strain theory). The…

Law Enforcement Perceptions of Cyberbullying: Evolving Perspectives

Cyberbullying – using technology to intentionally and repeatedly engage in bullying behaviors – has gained considerable public attention over the last decade. Parents and educators regularly instruct students about appropriate online behaviors and threaten consequences for misbehaviors. The role and responsibility of law enforcement officers in preventing and responding to cyberbullying incidents remains uncertain. While…

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Bullying, Cyberbullying, and LGBTQ Students

Bullying that specifically targets youth and young adults based on their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression has been a problem for decades. The increased utilization of technology among youth (and, well, just about everyone) has resulted in bullying behaviors moving online. As a result, cyberbullying perpetrated against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth…

Digital Dating Abuse Among a National Sample of U.S. Youth

Digital dating abuse is a term used to describe physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence that occurs between romantic partners through the use of texting, social media, and related online mediums. Survey data were obtained from a nationally representative sample of 2,218 American middle and high school students (12–17 years old) who have been in a…

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AI Solutions to Cyberbullying and Social Media Abuse

Our professional lives focus on promoting civility and preventing toxicity online, especially among youth. By intersecting social science with computer science, we have been able to make strides in this area. With regard to artificial intelligence (AI), the overarching goal is to preempt victimization by: identifying (and blocking, banning, or quarantining) the most problematic users…

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Connecting Adolescent Suicide to the Severity of Bullying and Cyberbullying

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 representative sample of U.S. youth between the…

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…