Moderated by Leah Wing
As information communication technology has become intricately woven into our lives, humans have harnessed their capacity for extraordinarily creative innovations to foster human connection across time and space. Yet, sadly and perhaps not unexpectedly, we have also brought into new ICT forums our capacity for cruelty and domination through bullying. Do different mediums of cyberbullying (text, picture, Internet, video) produce different impacts on victims? Can one form be more damaging than another? What gender and cultural dynamics impact cyberbullying? What legislation, public policies, and educational and commercial practices are in place to prevent and handle cyberbullying? What ODR platforms and software can or are addressing this problem? How can the strengths of ICT, such as lessening isolation, be capitalized upon to reduce the effects of Cyberbullying?
New challenges and opportunities face our field to contribute to the prevention and handling of bullying through ICT avenues. Join us for this conversation!
A final note: It is requested that personal identifying details of actual cases are not shared and that anyone who believes that they have or are experiencing cyberbullying seek assistance from those whom they trust since this forum cannot serve as a source for handling such cases.
One link among many which can be of help is:
Leah Wing is Co-Director, National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution http://odr.info is Senior Lecturer, Legal Studies Program, Political Science Department, University of Massachusetts/Amherst (US) and is founding director of the Social Justice Mediation Institute. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Conflict Resolution (2002-6) and has been a member of the editorial board of Conflict Resolution Quarterly since 2002. Her publications concentrate on the critical examination of conflict transformation theory and practices in both the online and offline worlds and her most recent publication is “Online Dispute Resolution and the Development of Theory” co-authored with Dan Rainey in M. Waahab, D. Rainey and E. Katsh, Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice (2012).
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Thank you Leah and all contributors for an amazing, eye opening week!
PLEASE NOTE: It is requested that personal identifying details of actual cases are not shared and that anyone who believes that they have or are experiencing cyberbullying seek assistance from those whom they trust since this forum cannot serve as a source for handling such cases.