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Annie Fox: A Bully? My Kid? Impossible!

By Annie Fox No parent easily swallows the idea that their child would intentionally harm another kid. “OK, maybe if Emma were strongly provoked… But even that’s not likely. She’s so sweet. Not at all a mean kid!” Your daughter may well just as you say. And yet… according to 2011 data from the Institute […]

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Warren Blumenfeld: We are “carefully taught” to hate

By Warren Blumenfeld Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein reminded us in one of the songs, “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught,” in their 1949 Broadway musical, South Pacific that:  You’ve got to be taught To hate and fear You’ve got to be taught From year to year It’s got to be drummed In your dear […]

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Hani Kahn: Muslims using social media to ‘spark a social movement’

by Hani Khan   In September 2014, a community organization in East London, the Active Change Foundation, began a campaign built around the Twitter hashtag #notinmyname, which was created to denounce the beheading of the British aid worker David Haines and other brutal acts committed by the radical group Islamic State. The hashtag has been […]

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Maria Spencer: Tech and the State of the Union

On Tuesday night, President Obama fulfilled one of his constitutional duties to “give to the Congress information on the State of the Union” (SOTU) before a joint session of Congress. Millions watched the address on TV and followed along on social media. (The increasing role of social media in contemporary SOTUs is a far cry from […]

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Warren Blumenfeld: The Hunger Games as metaphor for youth oppression & resistance

Guest post by Warren Blumenfeld I believe one of the litmus tests by which a society can be judged is the ways it treats its young people, for this opens a window projecting how that society operates generally. Adultism, as defined by John Bell includes “behaviors and attitudes based on the assumption that adults are […]

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Jason Brand: Digital & social: A teen’s perspective on parenting

Guest post by Jason Brand This guest post by family therapist Jason Brand is a composite of many teens’ views and experiences, those expressed in family and individual therapy sessions. “It’s some of the words behind the anger, avoidance or even just frustrated eye-rolling that teens can use in response to parental questions or concerns,” […]

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Justin Patchin: Holding parents responsible for their child’s bullying

Guest post by Justin W. Patchin Without a doubt, parents have a duty to do their part to ensure that their kids do not bully others.  They need to regularly remind their kids about the importance of treating others the way they would want to be treated.  They should talk about how some things we […]

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Dave Taylor: The Internet doesn’t have a delete key

by Dave Taylor It’s something that I hear from teens all the time, the refrain that “it’s cool, I can just delete it if it’s a problem” when we’re talking about online safety, privacy and the risk associated with everything that’s posted online. They assure me that those pictures on Facebook, the awkward photo from […]

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David Finkelhor: Let’s prevent peer victimization, not just bullying

by David Finkelhor, Heather A. Turner & Sherry Hamby This commentary argues that it is time to make bullying less of the central concept in efforts to combat peer victimization. Bullying has been a pivotal concept in the mobilization of effort in recent years to create safe environments for children. It has highlighted a phenomenon that […]

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Stephen Balkam: The politics of fear

Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute, confronts those who instill fear for their own advantage.

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