‘How to bully-proof yourself on Facebook’

Facebook has some great tips for dealing with cyberbullying on its site, but don’t forget the most important prevention tip!

By Anne Collier

Here are some great social-networking-specific tips from Facebook’s director of public policy, Europe. There’s just one key point missing, I think, because of the 2007 finding that “youth who engage in online aggressive behavior by making rude or nasty comments or frequently embarrassing others are more than twice as likely to report online interpersonal victimization” (for more on that, see “Digital risk, digital citizenship” and Archives of Pediatrics). That very important tip is so simple: “Be nice.” Kindness comes right back at you too (see the last three of our anti-cyberbullying tips). Let us know how it goes in the ConnectSafely forum! [See also “A different sort of back-to-school tip: Kindness.”]

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