Getting in the Know About Cyberbullying

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Did you know that approximately one in every four teens has been cyberbullied and that about one in every six admit to having cyberbullied others at some point in their lifetime?

Cyberbullying refers to “willful and repeated harm inflicted through use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.”

These facts and so many others can be learned by taking a trip to today’s featured resource in our National Bullying Prevention Month educational efforts—the website of the Cyberbullying Research Center.

Launched in 2005, this website features an extensive collection of resources that showcase the work of the Center’s co-directors, Dr. Justin W. Patchin and Dr. Sameer Hinduja. The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to “providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.”

Features of the website include:
  • Relevant blog posts.
  • Reference materials like a Cyberbullying Glossary of Terms and helpful fact sheets.
  • Resource sections organized separately for educators, parents, teens, and adults.
  • A place where those targeted can share their story and learn where and how they can report what’s happened to them.
  • A Publications section featuring the writings of the Center’s directors (books, journal articles, research summaries, fact sheets).
  • A section on various states’ cyberbullying laws.
  • Multimedia resources (videos, radio interviews).
  • Research findings and data.
  • The opportunity to find out about upcoming events open to the public or to request a presentation. The Center does 35–45 minute assemblies for students (upper elementary, middle, and high school), groups of professionals, parents, and community organizations.
  • Media mentions the Center and its website have gotten.

Check out this outstanding resource and tell us what other helpful things you find there! We’d also love to hear about the efforts your school or organization is taking to prevent cyberbullying and to educate those in your care about the issue.

If you haven't yet, head on over to 31 for 31 to check out our School Bullying Prevention Difference Makers.
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