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Instagram Update

Posted on May 14, 2021

Instagram update allows filtering of abusive direct messages

Many platforms are updating apps with the intent to decrease opportunities for cyberbullying and online harassment! Read more about Instagram’s approach allowing filtering of abusive direct messages.

Texas Students Punished for Playing Online “Slave-Trading” Game

Posted on May 10, 2021

Texas Students Punished for Auctioning Classmates PLaying Online "Slave-Trading Game" Based on Race

In the online game, the students were “auctioning off” their classmates based on race. The school district identified this as cyberbullying and racial harassment and stated, “There is no room for racism or hatred in the [district], period.”

Egypt National Council for Women

Posted on May 7, 2021

Egypt Works to Protect Women from Online Harassment

Egypt’s National Council for Women partners with Facebook to protect women from online harassment. The partnership “focuses on fighting violence against women in all forms” especially on social media.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case Connecting Schools, Social Media, and Free Speech

Posted on May 3, 2021

US Supreme Court Free Speech Case

An upset cheerleader posted a profane Snapchat after not making the varsity team and was banned from the program for a year. She sued the school for freedom of speech and won in lower court. The school district filed an appeal to the Supreme Court and arguments were heard on Wednesday, April 28. The case addresses off-campus freedom of expression and how this relates to social media as well as schools’ ability to respond to online disruption such as bullying.

Cyberbullying and Other Effects of Social Media Addiction

Posted on April 30, 2021

Cyberbullying and Social Media Addiction

Researchers at the University of Georgia have found that there is a link between excessive social media use and cyberbullying behaviors. Amanda Giordano, the principal investigator of the social media addication study mentions the role of dopamine and social media and said, β€œIt’s feeding into that addictive behavior, and they may be using cyberbullying as a way to get likes, shares, comments and retweets.”

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