Last month, I had the opportunity to partake in a FOSI virtual event: “COVID-19, Civility, and Citizenship,” as the Founder and CEO of ReThink, a social enterprise tackling online hate.
When we started Think Before You Type (TBYT) in 2012, Victoria was 14 and Lauren was 16. At the time, we were teenage sisters who had recently observed the negative effects of cyberbullying on our peers and wanted to do something to change that. One night, we sat down to talk about the cyberbullying that we saw on social media, and the idea for TBYT was born.
Today’s access to technology allows young people to connect and communicate in new and meaningful ways to share and view ideas and interact with their peers. While these opportunities provide ways for young people to connect, they also present new challenges as parents try to ensure that their children are safe while online.
October was National Bullying Prevention Month, a time in which awareness and education are shared about cyberbullying, and its effect on children and teens. Schools and community organizations are dedicating time and space to share helpful examples of bullying for students and parents, providing resources in order to recognize it for themselves.
Are you going to be part of the problem, or part of the solution?
What is cyberbullying and how do I recognize it? What do I do if my child is being cyberbullied or if my child is a cyberbully?
In the picture, her eyes were warm and inviting, but the smile that adorned her face was mysteriously sad. Looking at her on my computer screen, I felt my heart drop and my mind go blank.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and as if on cue the Pew Research Center released its latest research on the topic. According to their comprehensive report, more than half of U.S. teens (59%) have experienced "some form of cyberbullying."
The Pew Research Center just published a surprisingly high figure under a headline referring to “cyberbullying.” The authors report that 59% of US 13-17 year-olds had experienced some form of it.