Bill thanks for the great post. I don't own a piece of real estate in
the cyber-bullying except for being a victim, and for all of the
reasons that a teacher would.
I went to Catholic school so I had to run the gaunlet after school
every day in a uniform in an urban community
before it was the fashion to wear uniforms, I am a minority, so I know
a lot about being bullied from a personal point of view and from
listening to and working with a counselor over the years for my
students who were bullyied..
I lost one child to gang violence. It was sad yesterday to watch one
of the kids involved in the death of the young man in Chicago defend
himself and his brother . The media goes for the story whether it is
right or not. Thank you for the gentle reminder.
I have listened to immigrant students tell of relatives who do
unspeakable acts, of minority students who were teased and taunted, Pro
child helped. We know that lots of kids across the Digital Divide can't
be cyberbullied and still have a hard row to hoe.
Here is a further interest in the Cyberbullying from Harvard. The event
was yesterday, but will be cybercast and available to all.
[TUESDAY] BERKMAN LUNCHEON SERIES on PARENT v. CHILD REPORTS OF
12/15/09, 12:30 PM ET, Berkman Center Conference Room @ 23 Everett
St., Cambridge, MA
RSVP is required for those attending in person
This event will be webcast live.
Topic: Parent versus Child Reports of Internet Behaviors and
Support for Strategies to Prevent Negative Effects of Online Exposure
Guest: Sahara Byrne, Assistant Professor, Cornell University
Strategies available to protect youth from potentially problematic
online experiences may be met with considerable resistance. Young
people may not be ready or willing to accept such interventions.
These studies seek to identify specific internet risk prevention
strategies to that are likely to be met with resistance from
children and adolescents and makes advances toward predicting when
parents and their children will disagree on appropriate strategies
for their family. A nation-wide survey of 1812 parents with children
who have access to the internet examines parental support
for various strategies to protect their children from negative effects.
Many of the strategies tested were drawn from the Final Report of the
Internet Safety Technical Task Force at the Berkman Center for Internet
& Society. A sub-sample of 456 children and
adolescents indicated level of support and these data were matched with
those of their parents. Strategies resulting in the least
disagreement from children include those that empower the youth to
protect themselves, as well as legal consequences or suspension
from school for people who misbehave online. Analysis predicting
disagreement revealed that certain characteristics of the child and
parent, as well as the communicative relationship between the two,
factor into the problem.
Sahara Byrne is investigating the deliberate disruption of mediated
messages, a theoretical construct known as noise. Her work takes a
developmental perspective. She examines why strategic messages are
sometimes ineffective or result in the opposite effect than was
intended. The research aims to explain why the 'boomerang effect is
likely to occur in response to many types of strategic messages,
especially those that are pro-social such as health campaigns and
efforts to prevent negative effects of the media on children. She
received her B.F.A in Film and Television from New York University's
Tisch School of the Arts, and her M.A. and Ph. D. in Communication from
the University of California, Santa Barbara.
This event will be webcast live; for more information and a complete
description, see the event web page: