It's National Bullying Prevention Month! Download and share our handy infographic. It will help young people know what they can do if they become the target of cyberbullying and/or witness another being bullied. Download It Here! #cyberbullying #NationalBullyingPreventionMonth #onlinebullying #bullying
At Mobicip we believe that there are two components that determine how effectively a message is delivered. One—the relevance of the message itself. Two—the medium of communication used to get the message across. Anti-bullying has taken center stage across the world in the past few years, with a significant number of children coming forward to report the adverse effects of new-age bullying. Although country-wide campaigns have been conducted in the US to address the issue, the
With the #MeToo movement heightening awareness of the prevalence of sexual harassment in our offline lives, it is equally important to understand the influence of sexual assault in our digital lives. Given the novelty of the digital era, there is, as yet, no formal definition of cyber sexual assault. The US Department of Justice defines sexual violence, as “any unwanted sexual act, or attempt to obtain a sexual act, through coercion, unwanted sexual advances, and sexual traff
Editor's Note: I had the pleasure of interviewing FaceUp's Lucy Cadova for my forthcoming book, and found her to be wonderfully thoughtful and articulate (English is her second language by the way). I hope you will be as impressed by the app she describes below as I was! We all know that bullying, sexual harassment, and other things take place in schools, which is frightening. More than one of every five students has been bullied. These numbers need to be changed, and there's
Many kids will encounter cyberbullying at one time or another, and one group which may be inordinately targeted by cyberbullies is those who have recently moved to a new hometown. It is imperative that recently-located parents take ample time to instill in their children strong skills through even stronger communication. Family Communication is Key! The Virginia Cooperative Extension highlights the incalculable value of communication within the family, as these verbal and non
FLOTUS will be meeting with tech giants to discuss ways to combat online harassment and promote Internet safety. According to the initial story which ran in The Washington Post, First Lady Melania Trump will avoid using the C-word during this meeting and will instead focus on kindness online. I’m a victim and survivor of the C-word, it happened to me before the term was even coined. In 2003 an online smear campaign nearly destroyed me, I can personally relate to those who ha
Today, parents have a lot more to worry about than fire hazards and strangers coming to the front door. Computers and TV can introduce a number of dangerous elements into the home, and as a single dad, it can be extremely difficult to monitor your child’s comings and goings online. Keeping your kids safe from cyberbullying, predators, and other digital dangers can seem like a nearly full-time job, and that can be frustrating when you’re dealing with an already full schedule.
I’ve recently been reading about a new anonymous messaging app called “Sarahah” that has received a lot of attention lately. The app’s popularity seems to revolve around the liberating ability for users to say whatever they're thinking to anyone with a profile without those comments being attributed to the author--all without consequences! See the Cyberwise Sarahah Hub to Learn More! The Social Consequences of this App With the growing presence of the Internet and social medi
We are honored to be included in the new book Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate as one of the positive solutions! Read about how Cyber Civics, our middle school program, can help preempt and prevent many of the downsides of digital life, as chronicled in this captivating book. Get it where books are sold! #shamenation #cyberbullying #onlinedangers #onlinesafety
Parents are constantly telling their children, and especially teenagers, "think before you post." However, are we walking the talk? Not too long ago I wrote, Facebook Is Not A Diary for the HuffPost and this story went viral. It was about a single mother of two who went on a rant about her online dating—sharing things that the world really didn't need to know, especially her children. It seems to hit a nerve. Shortly thereafter there was a video that went viral too, called, W
Technology, specifically mobile, continues to advance at an amazing rate. Can parents really keep up with all of these latest technological advances? The latest apps? As a software developer by trade, I am fully immersed in technology daily. For parents who are not, keeping up is an overwhelming task. Countless times I have witnessed parents handing a phone to a child for help. Shortly afterwards an expression of awe and frustration appears on the parent's face--as they reali
Over the past several months the questions we've been asked the most by parents are about Snapchat. Do you ever plan to monitor Snapchat? When will you support it? How will you be able to do it? It's understandable that parents are concerned about Snapchat. The allure of Snapchat, and one of the reasons it is popular with teens, is that messages disappear after they are opened. This makes the task of monitoring Snapchat all the more challenging. In addition, parents are more
Nicole Crowther, who appears in this week's episode of "The Internet Ruined My Life," explains how one tweet almost ruined hers. To fellow Gleeks, from a Gleek... Some of you may have heard of me, some of you haven't. It depends on how much you keep up with the social interactions of fandom online. I'm Nicole Crowther, the one-time extra on the television show Glee who tweeted out the spoiler for the prom episode of the series in 2011. Big Mistake. What most people tend to fo
As Bullying Prevention Month comes to a close, we wanted to go out with a bang. So we reached out to one of the nation's preeminent authorities on the topic-- Author and Cyber-Advocate Sue Scheff to find what she had to say...
Every October it's Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying no longer is limited to the playground, cafeteria, schools or your neighborhood -- it now can follow your child home through their virtual lives.
Cyberbullying never takes a day off. It doesn'
We asked Matt Soeth to tell us a little bit about the new help line for schools he and Anne Collier have been working hard on and here is what we learned... Why Was #iCANHELP created? #iCANHELP was started when students created a fake Facebook page about a teacher. After two weeks, a student turned in the perpetrator. The offending student was suspended, did take the content down and apologized for his actions. One year later, a different student created a fake Instagram page
Since 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month has been a resounding success at getting people to talk about this pervasive social issue and start working on ways to fix it. Everything changes, though... and dare I say it? Yes. It might be time to start thinking about a Cyberbullying Prevention Month in addition to what we’re already doing. See, a lot of adults are making a big mistake when it comes to the digital world - because it all happens on a screen, it often s
Recently we participated in a “Student Safety” webinar with Gaggle, and were frankly astounded at the online conversation surrounding cyberbullying, drugs, sex, and self-harm amongst school-aged children that Gaggle Student Safety Representatives identify, report, and prevent from escalating into more serious issues (they review content in school-issued email and online collaboration tools). We thought it was important to share this information with you. Warning: Some of the
If you know me, you know it’s weird for me to bash an app. Usually, I’m one of the people extolling the virtues of technology. There are limits, however, and the new Peeple app crosses the line. Peeple lets you rate everyone from your friends, neighbors and co-workers to ex-romantic partners just like you rate businesses on Yelp. It’s a bad idea and is not going to work out well. The reason I’m generally so positive is that I look at technology based on psychological funda
I remember my third grade experience like it was yesterday. The kids calling me names, running away before I could make them stop, chasing me when I went the other way or finding me playing on the playground so they could torment me some more. I remember going to the yard duty, a woman standing about 5’2″ who I thought was a giant, stared down at me to listen to my plight of being bullied daily. I told her what was happening, and without a pause she looked at me and said, “Wh