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Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

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Conversations in the Blogosphere: An Analysis "from the Bottom Up". Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-38) Best Paper Nominee.

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Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs. Winner of the 2004 EduBlog Awards as best paper.

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The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

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Buxom Girls and Boys in Baseball Hats: Adolescent Avatars in Graphical Chat Spaces

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March 15, 2006

UK MSN’s Cyberbullying report

David Brake, thank David, sent me a link to a webpage and leaflet on cyberbullying that mentions blogs. MSN Cyberbullying Report: Blogging, Instant Messaging and Email Bullying Amongst Today's Teens is a based on a YouGov study of 518 children (children is never defined).

WHAT IS CYBERBULLYING?

Cyberbullying is similar to other forms of bullying except it takes place online and on mobiles. This report looks at the growing phenomenon of online bullying including blogging, instant messaging (IM) and email bullying.

Whilst occurring in the 'virtual' world, our research reveals cyberbullying can be every bit as devastating as 'real world' bullying, and sometimes more so. One in eight teens (13%) in our study said it was worse than physical bullying.

WHY IS CYBERBULLYING SO DEVASTATING?

As cyberbullying doesn't occur in the physical world, its reach extends well beyond the school gates and into teens' personal time. One in 20 young people said the hardest thing about this type of bullying was its 24/7 nature.

As information on the internet can be easily shared with many people, the network of people accessing the often embarrassing or hateful information can quickly become large, something teens seem painfully aware of.

For 22% the fact more people would potentially know about the bullying than if it happened in the physical world, was the worst thing. And because it's potentially easier to conceal identity in cyberspace, many bullies remain anonymous, an issue that 11% of teens found hard.

Ok, these are the kinds of stats that set me off. Clearly the group has an agenda. "One in eight teens (13%) in our study said it was worse than physical bullying." SO seven out of eight said it wasn't worse? Hummm Maybe we should take on bullying as a concept rather then a subsection of the phenomena. Read the pamphlet yourself to see how the text is riddled with preconceptions. Though, sadly, they do have lots of usable numbers, the statistics will require pretty serious contextualization.

I believe bullying is a serious issue, though by no means a new one. Let's take the initiative to work on the whole problem not just 12.5% of the problem.

The advise to the kids is a first step, though I have to admit there are lots of mis-steps presented. I do think the advise to parents is good. It could easily be broadened out to include any type of bullying.

Posted by prolurkr at March 15, 2006 08:32 AM

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