Daily Archives: October 4, 2013

Facebook Launches Program to Expedite Reports of Cyberbullying

From U.S. News:

Facebook announced Thursday it will launch a new campaign to combat cyberbullying, in a partnership with the state of Maryland, where the company will begin a pilot program.

The new program will give school teachers and staff a streamlined channel to report potential cyberbullying incidents on Facebook, according to an announcement from Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler. Each school system will have one point person who deals directly with Facebook to resolve any questionable activity that is not resolved through Facebook’s standard reporting system within 24 hours, through the site’s “Educator Escalation Channel.”

“Too often, we read headlines about cyberbullying that inflicts serious emotional trauma on children, or worse yet, ends in tragedy,” Gansler said in a statement. “We can no longer brush off these episodes and we must reject a ‘kids will be kids’ mentality that ignores how to confront this troubling trend.”

Nationwide, 28 percent of middle and high school students experience some type of bullying, according to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. But the majority of students who said they were bullied did not report it.

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