Internet trolls. Impersonations and stolen identities. Hateful and abusive comments. Intimidation, manipulation, written violence and bullying… The new social media opens fantastic possibilities to socialise, but the lawlessness of the Internet, its potential for casual, breath-taking cruelty, and its capacity to cloak a bully’s identity all present slippery new challenges to this transitional generation of analogue parents, teachers and youth workers.
Online bullying can be more psychologically savage and damaging than schoolyard bullying. The Internet erases inhibitions; anonymity gives way to uninhibited attacks, hatred, and violence. Many young cyber bullies don’t believe they have had an impact on their victims.
During the 1,5 years duration of the project we aimed at mapping existing cases, events, understanding the different aspects of the phenomena. We encouraged the involvement of children, parents, teachers through:
- A EU conference on cyberbullying
- An awareness raising video available in 10 languages
- A virtual Big March against cyberbullying
- A free app available in the Google Play store
Despite the project’s official end, COFACE is planning to release an upgraded version of the app for Android and an iOS version in end October. In addition, a teacher’s manual will be made available to help teachers develop lesson plans on cyberbullying. Watch this space and don’t hesitate to contact us!
The Europe-wide cyberbullying conference, organised by COFACE
on May 28 in Madrid, gathered over 80 experts in the field from all over Europe.
The Final Report of the conference is available for download here:
The speakers’ presentations, videos and pictures are available on the conference’s page.
We have drawn many conclusions and learnt a lot, which will feed the #DeleteCyberbullying project work for the months to come. The next step of the project, building on the successes of this conference, will be to launch in November 2013 a European awareness raising digital campaign The Big March 2014.
We are also happy to inform you that we are currently working on the development of an smartphone application for teenagers, parents and teachers in the form of an interactive quiz. The app will be available next year. We are also creating an awareness-raising short video on cyberbullying.
For any questions, follow-up or interest in taking part in our awareness raising effort, you can always get in touch!
Please do not hesitate to share the report and the blog of the project http://deletecyberbullying.eu/ with other interested partners.
One last thing, as you know, #DeleteCyberbullying is an European Awareness Raising Campaign so we would be very happy to publish a guest blog from you on our blog.
Stay tuned, more up-dates about the project and other exciting milestones will come shortly your way!