Two stars battle bullying & cyberbullying.

Singer Josh Groban.In this report, Groban recalls being bullied for his early interest in musical theatre:"Josh Groban was barely 10 when his parents ignited his love of musical theatre, needing only a VHS copy of "Sunday in the Park with George" and a ticket to "Cats."If only the kids at school had been so supportive."Something happens in that summer between sixth and seventh grades where kids all of a sudden grow way the hell up or not at all," Groban reminisced during a recent interview in … [Read more...]

Facebook gives $200K to study cyberbullying, dating violence.

 This story is an important development, given that Facebook is clearly a major vehicle for cyberbullying.  An Indian-American researcher is heading up the study.It's fitting, or karmic, to post this story since I've just finished visiting Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, and Jaipur in India. Wonderful country!"Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., a cyberbullying expert, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University has received … [Read more...]

Cyberbullying——actresses Willis and Patridge talk.

Last March and early April, I blogged about cyberbullying and featured Monica Lewinsky's Ted Talk about it. Well, two more celebs have weighed in about being cyberbullied: Rumer Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) and Audrina Patridge  (reality star and TV personality).Cyberbullying – The Fastest Growing Faceless Crime.As I  noted in prior blogs, Patti Agatston, PhD— from www.cyberbullyhelp.com—defines cyberbullying as "using the Internet or other digital devices to send or post … [Read more...]

What is cyberbullying? What to do about it.

Some people scratched their heads when Monica Lewinsky, of blue dress Clinton-DNA fame, came out swinging against cyberbullying recently. Among other things, they wondered what the heck is "cyberbullying?" According to the Cyberbullying Research Center says it's "willful and repeated harm" inflicted through phones and computers. In short, it's that cafeteria name calling and bullying in a new guise, ranging from barrages of teasing phone texts to group sites online dedicated to sexually … [Read more...]

Monica Lewinsky fights cyberbullying. Hero, villain or fool?

Monica Lewinsky made news again a week ago. Yes, that White House intern whose famous blue dress caused President Bill Clinton—and perhaps a future president, Hillary Clinton—so much distress. Lewinsky has reinvented herself of late as the poster child for cyberbullying victims. Utilizing the AIDs and ebola epidemic term for the first victim, she claims she was the "ground zero patient" of cyberbullying. Taking a stand against cyberbullying. These words—from Alexandra  Schwartz' New Yorker … [Read more...]

Another victim of cyberbullying is buried — less than 3 weeks after Bart Palosz.

What's shocking is this victim of cyberbullying, Rebecca Sedwick, was 12 years old. Cyberbullied Bart was 15. Rebecca's friends and family said goodbye to her today. Many of the 250 people at the funeral wore  T-shirts with an anti-bullying slogan in neon green, the girl's favorite color. Family members had asked mourners to wear colorful clothing because Becca, as she liked to be called, hated black. Too dreary. A Tampa Bay TV news source, Grayson Kamm reported that Lyndsey Brown, Becca's … [Read more...]

Cyberbullying victim Starts SophomoreYear, Kills Self.

Excerpts from an August 30, 2013 New York Times article: "Boys picked on Bart Palosz almost from the moment his family moved to [upscale Greenwich, Connecticut] seven years ago. They taunted him for his accent — he was born in Poland — pushed him into bushes or down stairs and smashed his new Droid cellphone, his sister [Beata Palosz,18] said. … His death has left the community — which has 9,000 students in its school district — asking whether it did enough to address the bullying or to … [Read more...]