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Digital communication is a vital part of teens' and tweens’ lives, but it can also make them vulnerable to harassment in virtual spaces — which can carry over into physical spaces and affect school communities in ways that can be hard to predict. In the latest episode of Education Now, experts discuss the latest insights and strategies from researchers working to create positive learning environments and empower educators, parents, and — maybe most important — students themselves to detect and deter bullying in real life and online. 


  • Elizabeth Kandel Englander, executive director, Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Bridgewater State University
  • Sameer Hinduja, co-director, Cyberbullying Research Center; professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida Atlantic University; and faculty associate, Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University


Gretchen Brion-Meisels, senior lecturer on education, HGSE

Key Takeaways:

  1. Parents​ can protect their kids against social vulnerability, in school and online, by helping them learn how to make and keep friends.
  2. Older students can be partnered with younger ones and empowered to help create a positive school climate.  
  3. Resilience​ can be built up by developing empathy in students. Improv work and humor can help.

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