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Movie An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong

Movie An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong

I recently viewed the movie An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong. It’s about a fourth grader and her friends who deal with bullying from a more popular girl in their class. I recommend it for kids between 2nd and 5th grade. Older kids might enjoy it, too, and I’m sure can relate to some of the bullying issues and how easily some adults just ‘miss’ the aggressive behaviors that is right in front of their face. Children, parents and educators can all learn good bully prevention strategies which is the strong point of this movie. Read More

Read Monica Lewinsky’s Moving Speech on Online Shaming

Read Monica Lewinsky’s Moving Speech on Online Shaming

Monica Lewinsky is back in the spotlight, this time as an activist working to end cyberbullying and online shaming. Almost two decades after she was thrust into international infamy for her affair with then President Bill Clinton, Lewinsky has emerged as a fierce advocate for victims of online shaming, arguing that her experience as a 22-year-old intern made her “patient zero” of online internet shaming, perhaps the earliest example of what internet shame can do to someone’s life. Read More

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Join the movement! The End of Bullying Begins with Me: that’s the message during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. It’s a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. Resources from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center make it easy to take action. PACER created the campaign in 2006 with a one-week event which has now evolved into a month-long effort that encourages everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement. PACER offers a variety of resources to use during October — and throughout the year — to inspire, educate and involve others to join the movement and prevent bullying where you live. Check out all of the different events and activities and make plans to get involved. Remember, the End of Bullying Begins With You! Read More

Video game study finds losers more likely to harass women

Video game study finds losers more likely to harass women

A new study has found that men who harass women online are actual losers - at least when it comes to video games. Two researchers analysed how men treated women while playing 163 games of Halo 3. Read More

Could senders of sexually-explicit tweets about Curt Schilling

Could senders of sexually-explicit tweets about Curt Schilling's daughter face charges?

After Curt Schilling said he received a barrage of vulgar and sexually explicit comments online about his underage daughter, the former major league pitcher publicly identified two New Jersey men among the alleged perpetrators and pledged topursue whatever legal recourse possible. Schilling has described some of the messages, which he said included references to rape, as criminal. The former pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks told CBS "there is going to be, potentially, legal implications with a couple of these. They were that bad." Read More

Monica Lewinsky:

Monica Lewinsky: 'Do I Wish My Past Were Different? Absolutely' – But Her Anti-Bullying Campaign Gives Her Pain Purpose

Lewinsky gave a rare interview over the weekend to launch Bystander Revolution's #Month of Action. "October is Bullying Prevention Month," she says. "We're rolling out a new challenge every day from our social media channels and website. Each of the challenges is designed to inspire people to act and form habits of action which move to shift the culture DASH which is really one of our goals." Read More

Anonymous Apps Like Whisper and Secret Have a Dark Side

Anonymous Apps Like Whisper and Secret Have a Dark Side

An increasingly popular category of social media presents an enticing but potentially risky proposition for brands eager to reach teens and young adults. Services such as Ask.fm, Secret, Whisper and Yik Yak let individuals communicate anonymously, boasting millions of highly engaged users, many in the 18-24 sweet spot for brands. Marketers are putting their campaigns on these “anonymous apps” but proceeding with caution given the potential downside of appearing on platforms associated with cyberbullying, abusive content, teen suicide and, in the case of Ask.fm, reported recruitment by radical jihadist group ISIS. “As an advertiser, you always think about that kind of thing,” says Megan Wahtera, svp of interactive marketing at Paramount Pictures. Last month, the studio launched its first ad campaign in an anonymous app, tapping Whisper to help promote Men, Women and Children. Read More

8 types of bullies and how to handle them

8 types of bullies and how to handle them

Bullying has been a common issue for kids throughout their lives in high school. But with the rise of social media, cyberbullying and heightened pressures of a new age, bullying has been at the center of much discussion and debate. A survey by the Olewus Bullying Prevention Program found that 1 in 6 American kids have been bullied, and it’s something they’re worrying about. Kids actually worry about getting bullied more than they fear ghosts, another survey revealed. And another recent study by the American Journal of Psychiatry found that the after effects of being bullied can last well into adulthood. Read More

Will violent video games turn a good kid into a bully?

Will violent video games turn a good kid into a bully?

Research has shown that as many as 15 percent of students are bullied and that the problem is particularly bad among the middle school population [source:NMSA]. There are lots of proposed reasons why people bully and why some kids are more likely to be bullied. It's also not possible to blame the actions of a few kids on any one activity. Read More

Tyler Clementi’s Webcam Bully, Dharun Ravi, Wants a Retrial

Tyler Clementi’s Webcam Bully, Dharun Ravi, Wants a Retrial

Dharun Ravi, convicted on 15 counts in 2012 for offenses relating to webcamming his Rutgers roommate Tyler Clementi in an intimate encounter with another man, is seeking to have his case retried. Read More

700-pound online bully transforms his life — with help from those he bullied

700-pound online bully transforms his life — with help from those he bullied

"The thing about trolling is that it's easy to become disconnected from it — you don't see your victims, you don't see what it does to them," Shand said. "It's easy to forget these are human beings." Read More

Colorado’s Sexting Nightmare

Colorado’s Sexting Nightmare

Cañon City High School students are right to be afraid of the consequences of a sex offender designation. Read More

Sexting Arrests, Suspensions Rock Long Island High Schools as Questions Swirl

Sexting Arrests, Suspensions Rock Long Island High Schools as Questions Swirl

Twenty students at a Long Island high school have been suspended for viewing cellphone video of a sexual encounter between a girl and a boy at a neighboring school, and their parents are outraged over the punishment, insisting their children didn't know what they were getting when they received the video, and that they deleted it right away. Read More

Kylie Jenner’s Heartbreaking Confession: ‘I’ve Been Bullied My Whole Life’

Kylie Jenner’s Heartbreaking Confession: ‘I’ve Been Bullied My Whole Life’

Kylie Jenner opened up about her struggles with being bullied during her appearance on ‘The Ellen Show’. Read More

Disney Star on Bullying, Her ‘Monster’ Teen Years, and What Her Mom Got Right

Disney Star on Bullying, Her ‘Monster’ Teen Years, and What Her Mom Got Right

Yahoo Parenting sat down with the mother-daughter duo for their first-ever joint interview to talk about child stardom, bullies, and why the teen years are so hard — for kids and for parents. Read More

Cyberbullying insurance? That’s a real thing one company is offering in the United Kingdom.

Cyberbullying insurance? That’s a real thing one company is offering in the United Kingdom.

It's no secret that online trolling can be disruptive. Some of its most extreme forms like swatting -- where a harasser fakes an emergency to get police to raid a victim's home -- are real world safety threats. Read More

Tia Mowry Claps Back at Body Shamer by Tagging Her Bully

Tia Mowry Claps Back at Body Shamer by Tagging Her Bully's Employer

I don't normally do this, but I wanted to prove a point. I just posted a few days ago about embracing and uplifting others about body image. Read More

What Happens When The Online Bully Is A Child With Special Needs

What Happens When The Online Bully Is A Child With Special Needs

Children with special needs often feel targeted by peers at school. Social media can be a powerful tool to fight back. Read More

The Rise of the Internet Fan Bully

The Rise of the Internet Fan Bully

Typically, girl group loyalism falls into the benign end of human self-sorting. But in the crucible of online fandom, demographic distinctions can coarsen into warring factions. A fan fantasy that frames the band members as hating one another — and paints one of them as rude, stupid, evil, and deserving of death because she is black — is no longer just idle fan fictions. Read More

Why Your Friends Are More Likely to Cyber Bully You

Why Your Friends Are More Likely to Cyber Bully You

The study found your current or former friends or partners are seven times more likely to cyber bully you than someone who you've never been friends with or dated before. Read More

Anti-Bullying Legislation Has Mixed Results

Anti-Bullying Legislation Has Mixed Results

Many forms of bullying among elementary and high-school students gradually declined after anti-bullying legislation took effect in one U.S. state, but the chance of being cyberbullied increased, according to a study published online in Injury Epidemiology. Read More

Protecting your kids online takes a lot more than tracking their devices

Protecting your kids online takes a lot more than tracking their devices

She soon talked to friends, one who discovered her daughter using her phone in the middle of the night. Another said her daughter came to her after posting a video on YouTube in which she was wearing a bikini at a pool. A man from another country had tried to get the teen to contact him. Read More

Conviction Thrown Out for Rutgers Student in Tyler Clementi Case

Conviction Thrown Out for Rutgers Student in Tyler Clementi Case

An appeals court in New Jersey on Friday threw out the conviction of the former roommate of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University freshman who killed himself six years ago after he was spied on while having sex with another man. Read More