Franklin James Cook

Let’s Think Carefully about Cyber-Bullying and Suicide

In Prevention on February 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm

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By Franklin Cook, SPNAC Editor

The topic of cyber-bulling and suicide deserves thoughtful consideration, and I would like to contribute to the dialogue by pointing to a few resources for the general reader that I have found to be informative:

I offer the above list of resources in part because I am hesitant about posting very much direct news coverage of cyber-bullying — especially of particular cases that are reported in the media — even as there have been numerous news reports connecting suicide fatalities to cyberbullying over the past several years. SPNAC’s coverage of the issue began when a connection between Megan Meier’s suicide and her online harrassment by an adult became international news. At that time, I took a decidedly reserved approach, which resulted in only a few posts (and I think they contain a number of hyperlinks pointing to very good resources on basic information about cyber-bullying that add to the list above).

My initial posts on the topic focused on the court’s conclusions in the Meiers case,

I also hoped to provide some helpful information about cyberbullying in

covered the story of a suicide survivor turned advocate in

attempted to be ironic with a headline based on an “expert’s” quote in

[The abridged URL for this post is http://tinyurl.com/ThinkCarefully .]

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