Impact! How to Make a Difference (Cyberbullying) – Media Smarts and Telus

MediaSmarts has created the Impact! How to Make a Difference When You Witness Bullying Online program: a suite of resources for youth, parents, and teachers to support witnesses to cyberbullying. The program, which launched as part of Bullying Awareness Week (Nov. 13 – 19) was funded by TELUS.

The resources include:

·         A step-by-step, online interactive decision-making tool that helps students choose effective strategies for intervening in different cyberbullying situations;

·         A classroom lesson that supports the decision-making tool, with additional role-playing activities for students;

·         A parents’ guide, Helping Our Kids Navigate Cyberbullying, to help parents better support their kids if they’re targets of or witnesses to cyberbullying; and

·         A series of printable posters for the classroom that promote low-risk ways of intervening when students witness cyberbullying.

All of these resources build upon the findings from Young Canadians’ Experiences with Online Bullying, a 2015 study conducted by MediaSmarts and PREVNet and funded by TELUS. The research aimed to discover three things: what are the barriers to witness intervention in cyberbullying? What incentives can increase the likelihood of witness intervention? And which interventions are more or less likely to have a positive outcome? The findings informed the development of the Impact! program, which provides advice to youth, families, and educators for effective intervening in cyberbullying situations.

Explore Impact!

via MediaSmarts News for November 18, 2016

Twitter adds new options to curb abuse, harassment

NEW YORK — Twitter, long criticized as a hotbed for online harassment, is expanding ways to curb the amount of abuse users see and making it easier to report such conduct.
Twitter said Tuesday that it is expanding a “mute” function that lets people mute accounts they don’t want to see tweets from. Now, users will be able to mute keywords, phrases and conversations they don’t want to get notifications about. Users who decide to mute things won’t see them.

via Twitter adds new options to curb abuse, harassment | CTV News

Media screens’ ‘detrimental effect’ on children’s sleep – BBC News

Research at Cardiff University found 72% of children have at least one portable media device in their sleep environment.
Such devices are said to impact on the duration and quality of sleep, which can lead to health problems.
Dr Ben Carter from the university’s School of Medicine said sleep was important for development.
He said their study was the first to consolidate results across existing research and provides “further proof of the detrimental effect” media devices can have on children’s sleep.

via Media screens’ ‘detrimental effect’ on children’s sleep – BBC News

60% of Canadians ‘muted’ online by cyberbullying, trolls | Metro News

Screenshot 2016-10-22 15.02.37.pngA disturbing one-third of Canadians who use social media have been harassed or bullied online, according to a new poll — and for a quarter of them, the effects are being downloaded into their ‘real lives.’
With just 11 per cent of the country not yet on Facebook, Twitter or other networks, an increasing number of people are finding themselves essentially silenced by the trolls, the Angus Reid Institute study found.
“It certainly mutes voices that might otherwise be heard,” explained the non-profit polling organization’s executive director, Shachi Kurl, in a phone interview. “Six-in-10 people on social media say they’re not going to share things, deleting a tweet, removing a picture, or deciding to not post something because they want to avoid unwelcome responses.

via 60% of Canadians ‘muted’ online by cyberbullying, trolls | Metro News


This month, in partnership with Family Channel, TELUS WISE is launching webisodes and PSAs to promote positive online behaviours; advocate for bullying prevention; and promote online resources for Canadian tweens and teens.

#TELUSWISE will continue to do all they can to help our younger generations develop the skills to protect themselves online, while also raising awareness about mental health issues to ensure kids feel secure asking for help in times of crisis.

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Snapchat Beats Instagram and Facebook as the Top Social Platform for Teens | Adweek


Snapchat’s growth as the preferred social platform for teenagers continues to outpace other social platforms, and it’s cutting into Facebook usage.

According to investment firm Piper Jaffray’s new “Taking Stock With Teens” report, 80 percent of teens use Snapchat at least once a month, up from 74 percent in the fall of 2015. While 79 percent of teenagers said that they use Instagram once a month—an increase from 76 percent one year ago—the photo-sharing app’s reach is slightly less than Snapchat.

via Snapchat Beats Instagram and Facebook as the Top Social Platform for Teens | Adweek

Screenagers Movie | Growing up in the digital age


“SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.”

via Screenagers Movie | Growing up in the digital age