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Facebook Launches Stop Bullying App

Facebook Launches Stop Bullying App

 

Facebook, in conjunction with Time Warner, GLSEN, CNN and many more organizations, recently released a social application that allows users to pledge that they will stand up to bullying. The application also provides resources for bullying victims.

The release of the app, called†Stop Bullying: Speak Up, is timed to coincide with the back-to-school season and also for National Bullying Prevention month in October.

It is hoped that by incorporating the application into Facebook and sharing it through the site, users can actively combat bullying by announcing that they will not tolerate it on their profiles and that it will also allow for resources to always be close at hand for those who may be being bullied and need help, or for adults who suspect a young person in their life might be being bullied.

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, told GLAAD that the social media platform, together with its partners, aims to combat bullying by working with adults and also by empowering young people, saying “We believe that by working together with parents and teachers, we can teach young people to speak up and stop bullying.”

In recent months Facebook has taken stronger steps to try and prevent bullying through the social networking site and has worked with GLAAD to tackle anti-LGBT bullying and hateful postings in particular.

While the new Stop Bullying Speak Up application caters for teen users — and has a number of videos from popular celebrities like Selena Gomez — it also has resources for parents and other adults with information on how they can help combat bullying.

The Stop Bullying and Speak Up Pledge asks that users commit to the following:

I will speak up — I will take a stand about this issue, even before it touches my friends and family, so everyone knows I take it seriously.

I will advocate — I will advocate for children, both my own and others, in need of my help. I will support quality bullying prevention training for all school staff so everyone can effectively help our children.

I will be a role model — †I will show kids how to deal with conflicts by setting the standard with my own behavior.

I will be a partner — I will work with schools, parents, caretakers, coaches, and others working hard to stop bullying – especially if they report my child is involved.

The application also provides a list of bullying prevention groups and empowers adults to take the initiative to create their own groups if there is not one representing the nearby area.

The page also links to specific tips on, for instance, how to stop bullying on Facebook and what to do if you suspect bullying is going on.

To view the application and take the pledge, please click here.

 

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12:20PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

I sent a certified letter to Sheryl Sanberg about the Facebook page that was created to humiliate me and I just get ignored! I got no reply to my first or second letter, they don't care who's lives are ruined!

1:34PM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

Bully for Facebook! What a great idea.

12:07PM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

Yes, FB. Well done! It's about time that something was done!

2:30PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

@colleen p.

If someone is abusing an animal
doesn't that make them a bully?

Also, there's a big difference between standing up to a bully and being one.

I don't condone anyone going too far with it,
but if someone is calling out someone for abusing animals,
that's standing up to a bully
not the other way around.

3:11AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:46PM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Thank you, Facebook!

1:51PM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

the PM of Canada is a bully
The US and Israel are also bullies
The Tea Party is filled with Bullies

4:56AM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

will this tie into the one to report animal abuse? some animal abusers get bullyed.

10:00PM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

I'm also not on Facebook AND I applaud this move. Any and all avenues we can access to stop bullying should be pursued.

9:25AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Don't have facebook, seems to be hurtful to many people that do.

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