cyberbullying research center   "I was picked on in the 5th grade by having my stuff pushed off the table or having my belongings stolen. it went into 7th grade where i completely lost it, beat up the kid who was the leader of the bullies, and now he gives me the respect i deserve. Violence isn't usually the way to go, but in this case it helped a lot." (14 year old boy from MA)
...identifying the causes and consequences of cyberbullying
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What is cyberbullying?
with Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Our definition of cyberbullying, consisting of four major components - "willful," "repeated," "harm," and "electronic devices."


Cyberbullying explained in detail
with Dr. Justin Patchin

A comprehensive summary of cyberbullying to quickly get you up to speed with the problem as it affects today's adolescents.


Does it affect children in the real world?
with Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Cyberbullying cannot simply be relegated to an online issue - it has significant implications for youth offline - emotionally, psychologically, and behaviorally.


Why is it important to address?
with Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Cyberbullying is important to address because of the specific ways it affects a teenager's developmental health and trajectory.


How can adults help?
with Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Adults can play a meaningful proactive and reactive role when cyberbullying occurs to the youth they care for.


Where is cyberbullying happening?
with Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Online harassment takes place in a variety of online environments and venues, and through a variety of technological devices.


How is the online venue unique?
with Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Certain characteristics of the Internet and other wired and wireless communication devices contribute to and facilitate harmful interactions among youth online.


What are some of the consequences?
with Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Being victimized by a cyberbully takes a meaningful toll on youth, and in a way that should not be trivialized or disregarded.


How can educators help?
with Dr. Sameer Hinduja

School professionals can play a significant role in the way youth learn how to use technology in a responsible manner, the way they safeguard themselves from online harassment, and in the way preventive measures can be implemented to reduce vulnerability to victimization.


What are some warning signs?
with Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Certain red flags often arise when a youth is a cyberbully victim or offender, and it is best to be on the lookout for these as they may warrant your specific attention.


How can friends or witnesses help?
with Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Bystanders often are the only voice that a victim may have in seeking or obtaining help, and therefore can play a tremendous part in helping reduce cyberbullying victimization.


Gender demographics
with Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Traditional bullying is sometimes considered a male-dominated affair; research is showing that boys and girls participate quite similarly in cyberbullying - on the giving and on the receiving end.


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"Dr. Patchin's presentation and resources on the topic of cyberbullying are the best I've seen on the topic. His work is much more effective than the typical "Internet safety" program in that he focuses on cyberbullying, a common occurrence among students, instead of deflecting the discussion to blame technology or highlight the edge cases of sexual predators. Dr. Patchin is right up there with danah boyd and Nancy Willard in his knowledge, experience, and passion with the topic of youth and technology. He has a great presentation style with a ton of great information to share." John Pederson Educational Technology Liaison - WiscNet
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