Anonymous and other groups against bullying

Yalda T. Uhls, Regional Director of Common Sense Media, explains what the group Anonymous is and how they helped a victim of cyber bullying.
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Anonymous and other groups against bullying

A child getting bullied online is extremely hard to see. And, in fact, children that get bullied online, it hurts - Research has shown that children that get bullied online get depressed more. And, that's because it's 24/7, it's permanent and can be broadcast to a wide audience. So, in schools, parents have been struggling to figure out what to do with this. So, some of the interesting solutions that have come up is - Facebook is trying to figure out what to do, as is Twitter. But, they haven't really figured it out yet. They haven't figured out how to use the technology. There's a group called Anonymous, that's a group of hackers that have now gone taking to shaming children who bully. So, basically they become the "upstanders" to a child that's bullied. So, this girl was 12 years old and she was being bullied on Twitter by 4 boys in Texas. And, she got very, very scared, and went to the authorities, Anonymous find out about it and the basically posted all of the twitters these boys have said. And, gave it to the school and the superintendent. And the boys were basically publicly shamed. Anonymous didn't want to publicly shame kids. That's not the business they were in. Ultimately, they wanted this kids to learn. And what happened was a few of this kids had never understand that the girl was scared. That this stuff was scaring her. They were saying things like "You should be raped." to a twelve year old girl. And, one of the boys, in particular, learned to look at what this words meant, and how they affected another human being. So, that's one option om something that is out there happening in the world today.

Yalda T. Uhls, Regional Director of Common Sense Media, explains what the group Anonymous is and how they helped a victim of cyber bullying.


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Yalda T. Uhls, MBA, PhD

Regional Director, Common Sense Media

Yalda T. Uhls, MBA, PhD, is the Regional Director of Common Sense Media, the leading non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Yalda's own research with the Children's Digital Media at UCLA was written about in the New York Times, CNN, Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, and more. As an expert on media’s effects on children, Yalda has been featured on the BBC News, KPCC, the LA Times and many other news outlets. Her awards include UCLA's Psychology in Action Award for excellence in communicating psychological research to audiences beyond academia as well as honorable mention for the National Science Foundation's GSRF. Yalda's former career as a Senior VP at MGM, in film production, informs her perspective that media content has great power to socialize children, to inspire and teach as well as to be used inappropriately. In her talks, she brings her deep knowledge of the latest research about how children ages eight to 18 use media, as well as a realistic understanding of how digital natives use media from her experiences with her two children, ages 10 and 13.  Her newest book, Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age will be published in Fall 2015. 

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