- Cyberbullying is extremely common and usually suffered silently. In one survey, 70% of 13- to 15-year-olds in Canada reported being bullied online, and 44% reported being a bully. Multiple surveys found that a majority of those bullied never told anyone about it.
- Teachers can be victims of cyberbullying.
- Teen girls are more prolific bloggers than boys. According to a study of adolescents online, 29% of girls blog, while 14% of boys do.
Posts Tagged ‘Shaheen Shariff’
Shaheen Shariff is a professor with the Faculty of Education at McGill University and is also associated with the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill’s law school. She works on social media issues, with a particular focus on cyberbullying. I had the pleasure of meeting Shaheen at the affiliates meeting of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society last week where she gave a very interesting presentation.
Shaheen takes an approach to the topic of cyberbullying that is at once balanced, scholarly, and practically oriented. You can see this reflected in a website that Shaheen directs, Define the Line, which has a wealth of information on education, legislation, and policy.
The website’s mission is “clarifying the blurred lines between cyberbullying and digital citizenship.” The concept of “digital citizenship,” is, I think, quite a useful one. Here’s how Define the Line explains it:
The concept of digital citizenship is premised on encouraging and developing learning opportunities for youth to develop their online proficiency, engagement and creativity, rather than focusing exclusively on the ways in which digital media can be used detrimentally. A microscopic focus on the negative aspects of digital communication usage among youth ignores the potential benefits of digital media, and the possibility for youth to engage in socially responsible digital behaviour.