An Educator's Perspective on Cyberbullying

The Ca.pture Project

A youth-driven digital storytelling program to capture cyberbullying stories from our city and to develop open-source digital skill building activities to empower youth to prevent, navigate and intervene in electronic bullying.

How I define cyerbullying
A hidden crime, one where the perp can hide behind an anonymous screen, and one where the victim is publicly shamed.
Where I've seen it happen
I follow Trump’s Twitter so I see it pretty much every day.
What I think happens leading up to, during, and after cyberbullying
Everyone focuses on the cyberbully. But people often forget about the impact. The cyberbully just goes on with their life. The victim, on the other hand, loses confidence, feelings of self-worth, and it’s really hard to persevere against it when you see hundreds of retweets that the cyberbully gets.
How can I create a safer space
The internet is centered around promoting the cyberbully (e.g. retweets, likes). I’m an active Reddit user, and low-quality comments have a Downvote button. Perhaps advocating for a Downvote option for Twitter and Facebook would allow those who are against cyberbullying for an easy way to show their displeasure. Sure, you can Flag an inappropriate comment, but it takes forever for a comment to get removed, if ever.
What resources I use for cyberbullying in my community
This project is supported by a grant from CIRA’s Community Investment Program. CIRA’s Community Investment Program gives back by supporting initiatives and programs that help build a better online Canada.
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