Two updates on bullying, especially cyberbullying

The White House hosted a conference on bullying prevention today. The president recalls having been bullied for his big ears, and Michelle Obama and President Obama have a video posted on Facebook about bullying. In honor of today, PBS is linking to its recent story on online bullying and cybergossip–it’s worth a read.

In other Facebook news, Facebook has announced a suite of new tools to protect users from cyberbullying and to “promote a culture of respect.” These kinds of safeguards need to come from all directions, so good for Facebook for jumping on board with it. The changes include a safety center with resources and better tools for reporting content that is offensive or bullying.

It takes a village. In this case, the members of our village are our president and his wife and the company started by a man who made Time’s Person of the Year in 2010. Good on them all.

 

 

On March 10 the White House hosts a conference on bullying prevention. Watch Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly’s recent story on cyber bullying, abuse, and online gossip

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One Response to Two updates on bullying, especially cyberbullying

  1. Michael says:

    With regards to federal efforts to end bullying and the stated intention of the Department of Justice to hold schools/districts accountable, is the following true? According to the article linked below: “The DOJ will only investigate bullying cases if the victim is considered protected under the 1964 Civil Rights legislation. In essence, only discrimination of the victim’s race, sex, national origin, disability, or religion will be considered by DOJ. The overweight straight white male who is verbally and/or physically harassed because of his size can consider himself invisible to the Justice Department.” http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2011/mar/18/doj-white-male-bullying-victims-tough-luck/
    If this is true, the scope seems a bit narrow as clearly vicious bullying takes place for reasons other than what is covered by the 1964 civil rights legislation.

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