Facebook marketing direct, Randi Zuckerberg believes the best way to combat cyber-bullying is to eliminate online anonymity. Zuckerberg believes that if forced to attach their comments to their real names, online harassment will stop.
The City of Columbus recently partnered with the Clarity Creative Institute to offer free anti-cyber-bulling classes to local youth. The Institute offers seminars and workshops to teach residents how to responsibly interact with the ever-changing digital world.
Research shows the average child spends eight hours a day interacting with the media, and they need guidance to understand and process the messages from that media. Institute seminar facilitator Wali Crowder says kids need to understand what they post online will follow them forever. “When they post things online today, I want them to make a correlation between some of their goals for the future.”
According to the National Crime Prevention Center, over 40% of all teenagers with Internet access have reported being bullied online during the past year, with girls more likely to be bullied than boys. Only 10% of bullied children told their parents, and only 15% of parents monitor their children’s online social networking activity and understand how this activity can lead to cyber-bulling. According to a recent study, 58% of 4th through 8th graders reported having mean or cruel things said to them online, 53% said that they have said mean or hurtful things to others while online, and 42% of those youth said that they had been “bullied online”, while almost 60% never reported these incidents to their parents.
Using the C4 Method of clarify, construct, communicate, and connect, the Institute offers assistance to organizations, educators, youth, and parents. Seminars include anti-bullying and digital literacy workshops, Hip-pop culture seminars, parent engagement workshops, and tools for the 21st century.