Cyberbullying: Best Practices in Prevention and Response
Presenter: Sameer Hinduja
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This presentation is designed for educators who desire a comprehensive understanding of (and action plan to deal with) cyberbullying among youth today. We first share updated research findings to paint a picture of the phenomenon, as well as important correlates and consequences. Then, we share recommendations for formal policy implementation and enforcement, as well as informal responses for school personnel. With regard to prevention, we emphasize the importance of developing kids with moral compasses, compassionate hearts, and resilient mindsets to bravely face social adversity and overcome it. We also encourage educators to marshal the powers of peer influence and school culture to curtail peer conflict, harassment, and other problem behaviors. In this capacity, we share specific, pragmatic school climate initiatives such as social norming, youth grassroots campaigns, peer mentoring, data-driven action plans, and multi-pronged policy and programming approaches by adults. The overall goal is to help professionals address key intrinsic and extrinsic components of youth development, not only to enhance student achievement, success, productivity, and connectedness, but also to produce students who are safe, smart, honest, and responsible both offline and online.
Dr. Sameer Hinduja is Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center (cyberbullying.org
) and Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media use, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people. He works with the U.S. Department of Education and many state departments of education to improve their policies and programming related to the prevention and response of teen technology misuse. He has written seven books, the most recent being Bullying Today: Bullet Points and Best Practices
and the award-winning Bullying beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying
. His newest co-authored book specifically written for teens is entitled Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral
. Outside of research and evaluation expertise, Dr. Hinduja provides training to schools, youth organizations, parents, and teens on how to avoid online victimization and its real-world consequences. Recently, he received Auburn University's Global Anti-Bullying Hero Award, won Florida Atlantic University's Researcher of the Year award, presented on cyberbullying at a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill, and served at Dublin City University's Anti-Bullying Centre on a Fulbright Specialist award.