Blog posts tagged with "Cyberbullying"


Endings and New Beginnings

May 17 2017

Serving as the Founder and Executive Director of Community Matters has been one of the greatest gifts in my life. Working on behalf of all children and youth has grown me as a person, helped me address and heal my own childhood history of bullying and trauma and strengthened my skills and expertise as a thought leader in our areas of service.


Cyberbullying – A New Face on an Old Problem

February 21 2017

With the widespread adoption of social media and smartphones by teens and even younger children, bullies have another playground in which to inflict meanness on their targets: cyberspace.


Bullying, Cyberbullying and Teen Suicide: Risks and Prevention Strategies

December 5 2016

Research shows that suicide-related behaviors are caused by a myriad of factors, and are often not related to a single cause or incident. We also know that bullying/cyberbullying is one of the contributing factors in students turning to suicide as a “solution” to their problems.


Advice for Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

September 26 2016

Just like in the real world, it’s important to recognize that as wonderful as the internet can be when it comes to sharing information, learning, and even connecting with the people we care about - it also has a darker side. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy for children to stray into the seedier parts of the online world without even realizing what they’re doing.


Whole School Climate: Changing the Narrative and Getting the Results We Want

May 9 2016

There is increased recognition of the value, benefits and effectiveness of implementing school climate improvement reform. To address both the opportunities and the challenges, a clear and compelling climate roadmap for schools is needed...


Helping Students Be Responsible Digital Citizens

April 25 2016

In a remarkably short time, social media has become the leading method by which teens connect, communicate, and share interests. It is crucially important for families and educators to develop and maintain an awareness of social media channels and apps.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspired Us to be Courageous Upstanders

February 1 2016

Dr. King said that “we must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” Although he spoke those words a long time ago, the need for courage in the face of fear is no less prophetic today than it was in the midst of the American civil rights movement of the 60’s.


What is my child doing with that app?

January 19 2016

The trend for downloading apps isn’t new, but our parental awareness is evolving to include these new threats. Two-thirds of all parents are expressing worries about potential negative effects of the programs our children are downloading.


6 Ways To Help Students Be Smarter Social Media Users

September 1 2015

Young people often don’t possess the discernment needed to make good decisions about what they should and shouldn’t post on social media. Here are six ways we can support students in being "cyber-safe".


Community Matters partners with Twitter to reduce and prevent cyberbullying

April 28 2015

Twitter and Community Matters are teaming together via a combination of shared resources to help reduce cyberbullying, by both identifying and preventing online abuse.


The Pain of Being Bullied – One Student’s Story

March 30 2015

It’s likely that at some point in your life, either you or someone close to you has been subjected to the effects of cyberbullying, bullying, hazing or harassment. But nothing hits home more than when it happens to someone you care about.


10 Ways You Can Help Stop Bullying – A Guide for Parents & Teachers

March 2 2015

As bullying, cyberbullying and intolerance affect more and more children, it’s increasingly crucial that adults, both parents and teachers, increase their awareness and understanding of how their children interact with each other, both in person and online. Here are some practical steps you can take to better protect the young people in your care.


Cyberbullying – A New Face on an Old Problem

May 9 2014

With the widespread adoption of social media and smartphones by teens and even younger children, bullies have a new playground in which to inflict meanness on their targets: cyberspace.


Now Is the Time for Restorative Justice

February 12 2014

Despite the best efforts of our nation’s schools, bullying, harassment, hazing, and cyber-bullying are persistent and pervasive issues that impact far too many students. These issues compromise both teaching and learning, negatively affect children’s social and emotional development, take excessive staff and administrative time, and cause many school districts to fall short of achieving the educational outcomes they are charged to reach.


Auditing Your School Climate: The First Step to Achieving Safer and High Performing Schools

December 5 2013

It’s no secret that the responsibilities of school administrators have increased significantly. Challenged every day to fulfill the core mandates of getting students to attend school, keeping them safe, improving academic performance, and achieving higher graduation rates, they also have to comply with ever-expanding laws and imperatives to address bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment and discrimination. What we know is that all the above expectations can be best achieved by focusing first and foremost on School Climate. Click here to read the rest of the article...


Giving Thanks

November 19 2013

I’m a person who really appreciates the Thanksgiving holiday. Not only for the turkey and fixings, but because my greater focus is on gratitude and taking time to reflect on all that I have to be grateful for. It’s easy to lose sight of gratitude in the fast paced, 24-hour news cycle we live with every day.  Click here to read the rest of the article...


Community Matters posts two actions on MTV’s “Draw Your Line”

February 17 2011

Community Matters, along with Hollywood stars like Justin Bieber, took a stand against cyberbullying and school bullying by posting two actions on MTV’s “Draw Your Line”, a virtual map tracking actions taken across the United States to stop digital abuse.

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