Facebook Stands Up to Bullying

Megan Perry

“Safety and child psychology experts tell us that online issues are frequently a reflection of what is happening offline,” Facebook wrote. “By encouraging people to seek help from friends, we hope that many of these situations can be resolved face to face.”   — (quoted from writer Doug Gross for CNN.com)

With the heightened awareness of cyber bullying in recent years, I tip my hat to Facebook. The social media site has announced it will be adding a new safety feature allowing users to privately report any instances of bullying to either the site or someone they trust.

Facebook’s social reporting system will receive reports from users and then filter them out to those who can most effectively handle the situation. Facebook said the “social reporting” feature is intended to get reports of bullying to the people with the best chance of stopping it.

As a future educator, I am hearing more and more on the importance of recognizing bullying. No longer is bullying limited to words and physical violence. Bullying has now morphed to the point where students feel no escape from the torment. Much of this is due to the ever-increasing popularity of social network groups and media in general. Now bullying can reach beyond school playgrounds and locker rooms. With cell phones and internet posts, the bullying can occur around the clock.

What I view as one of the saddest aspects of bullying is how so many students do not see a way out. They do not know who to talk to or where to turn. Having the ability to tell a teacher or administrator without having to initiate a face-to-face meeting can help begin making strides towards change. It will be interesting to see how many students actually will take advantage of this new opportunity.

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~ by bakerumedia on March 11, 2011.

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