Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Does Bullying Still Happen in College or University?

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FacebookMany students look forward to starting a new life at college or university. They strive to reinvent themselves, leaving behind any old foes or bullies from high school.

But unfortunately, that’s not always possible. College campuses still have just as many bullies as high schools. And the emergence of cyber-bulling has allowed them to take their harassment craft to a new level.

In October, New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg called for mandatory anti-harassment policies in colleges after a victim of cyber-bullying committed suicide. A homosexual Rutgers University student killed himself after he was outed on Facebook via his roommate posting photos and videos.

In response to this tragedy, Facebook teamed up with MTV, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and others to form a “Network of Support” for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens, to fight online harassment.

Here in Canada, a new website called www.room110.com, gives Canadian students a chance to browse gossip by university. It also gives Bullies 2.0 a springboard and a chance to post pictures and catty comments about people being “fugly” or “total creepers.”

Just like in high school, bullies feed off their own insecurity and the complacency of bystanders. Canadian motivational speaker Jim Jordan tours schools (from kindergartens to colleges) talking to students about the dangers of bullying. He applies a theory called “Complacent-Complicit,” which focuses on “educating the students that watch the bullying going on and say nothing makes them guilty (complicit) of the bullying as well.”

If you, or someone you know is being bullied, please visit Facebook’s support page.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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