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: http://www.brainfacts.org/brain-basics/neuroanatomy/articles/2008/mirror-neurons/
- 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:
- 21% were bullied online
- Lifetime: 23.9%
- Telling an adult may have made things worse
- Males > females
- Lack of supervision/monitoring
- Virtually anonymous
- Viral nature (of things posted)
- Limitless vulnerability
- It’s easier to be cruel electronically
- In universities:
- 14-20% were bullied at least weekly
- 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:
- Complain about it:
- Re Individuals with a Disability:
- 7 of 10 were bullied repeatedly
- More likely to be bullied than nondisabled individuals
- 85% of bystanders do nothing
- Silence condones the behavior
- 52% of bullying will stop if other nondisabled intervene
- Reasons why bystanders do not intervene:
- They say it’s none of their business
- Fear retaliation
- Say actions may not be effective
- Say the victim probably deserved it
- What to do (or not)
- Negative consequences do not work
- Public humiliation is not a good model
- Need more research in youth resiliency
- Teach our kids to be good citizens
- Restorative justice approaches
- Target social skills deficits
- Problem solving
- Anger coping
- Cognitive restructuring
- Where things can go wrong:
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- There are things to do to be safe. Learn about safe social networking. See for instance:http://www.parentfurther.com/technology-media/social-networking?gclid=CPfksdrd6roCFabm7AodoBIAng
- And safe places:
A Platform for Good
West High Bros
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