Recap 12/26/11 – Interesting Stories Related to Cyber-bullying

Welcome to our recap of interesting stories relating to Cyberbullying.  We had a holiday break last week so this week’s recap is pretty full.  These stories cover many issues including students creating anti-bullying videos, Lady Gaga’s anti-bullying initiative; anti-bullying legislation, cyber-bullying by the numbers, and more.

These are some of the articles, reports, posts, etc. that caught our attention these past few months.  We originally send them out through our twitter account @l2cyberbullying, so follow us to get them as we find them.  But many of them are such great resources we don’t want you to miss them, so we’ve decided to put them as a recap.  Enjoy and let us know some of the stories you’ve found interesting.  Just share in the comments below.  Have a great holiday!


Cyber-bullying Recap 8/22/2011

There was quite a bit of activity this week for Law2sm in terms of cyber-bullying.  We were invited to speak on “Legally Speaking”, a cable talk show about all things legal hosted by Jacqueline Bunn of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA).  I spoke about cyber-bullying and sexting, legislation, legal issues, and what parents can do to protect their children.  The program should broadcast before the end of the year and I will post the link.  In the meantime here are some additional resources and tips for those interested in the topic.

Welcome to Law2sm’s Cyber-Bullying Corner (CBC)

Bullies. They have been around since forever. For those of us who are not digital natives, it might have been name-calling or some other form of teasing. It might have been someone kicking sand in your face at the beach, or pushing too hard at the playground or it might have been much more physical, resulting in a busted lip or a black eye. But in those days, the bullied could retreat. She could go to the safety of her room at home, turn on the stereo and blast away the hurt, at least for a little while.

Bullying has taken on an entirely new dimension with the advent of the Internet and social media. Communication between kids, tweens, teens and others has become instantaneous. Thoughts, unfiltered, fly from the fingertips and once out there, they are out there. And those thoughts can be destructive and devastating. But no one, the schools, the law, the parents, the teachers nor the students has any concrete direction of how to handle the Internet. In the world of 24/7, issues of “jurisdiction” arise; is the bullying happening on school computers or on home computers? Is it free speech? Does it depend on whether you are the parent of the bully or the bullied?

These are all hard questions. And there are no easy answers. Everyone agrees that there should be zero-tolerance of physical bullying within school grounds. But how do we address the ether?

In this section, Law2sm will be focusing on some of the questions, some of the issues, some of the answers, and some strategies and resources to help minimize the destructiveness of bullying, in general and cyber-bullying in particular.