Online life is Real life.

Social media is a complicated place.

IN response to the american academy of social work and social welfare's grand challenges initiative that calls social workers to action to combat our most pressing social issues, This toolkit is designed for mental health professionals working with young people who are coping with being cyberbullied.

This is an attempt to harness the power of the internet for good and promote healthy development for young people, through distributing materials and tools to clinicians working with youth for whom the digital and online world is not a safe place.

 

CYBERBULLYING occurs through the use of electronic communication technologies, such as e-mail, instant messaging, social media, online gaming, or through digital messages or images sent to a cellular phone (Kowalski, Giumetti, Schroeder, & Lattanner, 2014, Kowalski, R. M., Giumetti, G. W., Schroeder, A. N., & Lattanner, M., 2014).

 

  • In 2014-2015, 21% of students (age 12-18) reported the experience of bullying (NCES, 2015)

  • In 2014-2015, 12% of students (grades 9-12) reported being bullied electronically (NCES, 2015)