Cyberbystanders: Understanding the Role of Bystanders in Cyberbullying

HONY cyberbullying

Humans of New York – Posted on Facebook on February 17, 2015

“Someone made an Instagram account that said: “You’re a slut and you should kill yourself.” And I was the only person they followed.”

We live in an age where connecting with anyone, anywhere is simple, cost-effective, and fun.  Nowadays, it’s hard to find someone without a social media account such as Facebook,  Twitter, or Instagram.  Although the advent of the Internet and text-based communication has brought about new possibilities for human communication and connection, these possibilities also reveal the dark side of human interaction.  Online bullying, such as the incident depicted above, are particularly common among adolescents.
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Research Summary: Risks and Opportunities in Teenagers’ Use of the Internet

The Unfiltered World

The Internet and mobile technologies have now permeated every aspect of the lives of teens. Parents want their children to use the Internet to their advantage – learning new things, connecting with trusted friends and family members, completing schoolwork, and the like. However, parents also want their teens to avoid the risks and dangers associated with online life. Continue reading