Category: General

Put Away the Pitchfork: Explaining the Dangers of Online Vigilantism to Your Child

You’ve probably seen some vigilantism in your Facebook newsfeed. Maybe you’ve seen an unhappy customer accuse a local business of something terrible and encourage others to inundate the business with bad reviews. Or a parent at your school has a disagreement with a teacher and takes it to Facebook, leading to dozens of abusive messages…

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Welcome to this new website and blog.  I’m Jenna Shapka, a Professor at the University of British Columbia. I’m also a research partner with PREVNet, and I helped create this site. This site is designed to be a resource for parents about kids and technology, with a particular focus on understanding and dealing with cyberbullying.  I…

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