Swearer featured in recent bullying news

Swearer featured in recent bullying news

22 Oct 2015    

Willa Cather Distinguished Professorship Susan Swearer from the Department of Educational Psychology is featured in two new anti-bullying announcements this week—“I Am A Witness,” a digital-focused advertising campaign, and an Oct. 21 article in “The New Yorker.” 

The I Am A Witness campaign was announced Oct. 22 and is led by the Ad Council and an unprecedented coalition of media, corporate and non-profit sponsors. Swearer was one of several bullying researchers consulted on the project. The campaign features a new eye emoji, shaped like a speech bubble with an eye in the center, to help teens take a stand against bullying and show support for someone who is being bullied.

To learn more about the campaign, visit http://iwitnessbullying.org/, join the new social media communities on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (search ‘I See Bullying’), and follow the hashtag #IAmAWitness.

Swearer was also quoted Oct. 21 in an article in “The New Yorker” (http://go.unl.edu/8ki0) about cyberbullying. The article describes how the Internet has created another platform for teen and adult bulliers to bully, often joining with others. Swearer is quoted on how bulliers typically feel justified in their behaviors and sometimes don’t realize that their actions are bullying.

The Internet, according to the article, has made bullying harder for victims to get away from because it pervades their 24/7 network. 

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