Cyberbullying Conference Tidbits

Cyberbullying Conference Tidbits 

In no particular order, some points from notes I took at the Conference at St. John’s on 11/15/13: The Many Faces of Cyber-bullying: A Multidisciplinary Response.

I added links and resources and sites to file complaints.

  • There is a phenomenon online known as the Online Disinhibition Effect.


People say and do things in cyberspace that they wouldn’t ordinarily say or do in the face-to-face world.

  • 95% of teens are online.
  • 74% use mobile devices.
  • 80% have online profiles.
  • On an average, 3,400 texts a month.
  • We are inundated with pieces of information such that we see something of magnitude and it is just another piece of information. Emotions are lost and our attention span is shorter.
  • Phenomenon of “mirror neurons.” In cyberspace there is an overcompensation of certain senses and emotions. We open windows and put up walls. For background on mirror neurons, see:
  • We need a consistent definition: e.g. cyberbullying is willful and repeated harm inflicted via Internet, cell phone, etc., to be mean, disrespectful, or hurtful.
  • Stats re teens:
  1. 21% were bullied online
  2. Lifetime: 23.9%
  3. Telling an adult may have made things worse
  4. Males > females
  5. Lack of supervision/monitoring
  6. Virtually anonymous
  7. Viral nature (of things posted)
  8. Limitless vulnerability
  • It’s easier to be cruel electronically
  • In universities:
  1. 14-20% were bullied at least weekly
  2. 8 of 10 were bullied within 6 months of when they were surveyed
  • There is a Dark Side of Cyberspace, a dark side to ICT and Social Networking:


Online harassment



Trolling Sites

  • Complain about it:

  • Re Individuals with a Disability:
  1. 7 of 10 were bullied repeatedly
  2. More likely to be bullied than nondisabled individuals
  3. 85% of bystanders do nothing
  4. Silence condones the behavior
  5. 52% of bullying will stop if other nondisabled intervene
  • Reasons why bystanders do not intervene:
  1. They say it’s none of their business
  2. Fear retaliation
  3. Say actions may not be effective
  4. Say the victim probably deserved it
  • What to do (or not)
  1. Negative consequences do not work
  2. Public humiliation is not a good model
  3. Need more research in youth resiliency
  4. Teach our kids to be good citizens
  5. Restorative justice approaches
  6. Target social skills deficits
  7. Problem solving
  8. Anger coping
  9. Cognitive restructuring
  • Where things can go wrong:





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  • Resources:

National Bullying Prevention Center

Facebook’s Bullying Prevention Hub

Facebook’s Anti-Bullying Features

Cyberbullying Research Center

Cyberbullying Prevention Tips

Child Abuse Prevention Association on Facebook



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