How Facebook Continues To Fight Bullying

BullyingPreventionHub650Facebook continued its efforts to combat bullying with Wednesday’s launch of the Bullying Prevention Hub, a one-stop shop for the social network’s bullying prevention tools.

The Bullying Prevention Hub was created by engineers from Facebook and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, in particular Marc Brackett and Robin Stern, and it includes sections for teens and friends, parents, and educators, as well as the following safety and security tools grouped together in one easy-to-find menu:

The social network announced the Bullying Prevention Hub in a post on the Facebook Safety page:

Today on Facebook, we encourage anyone who sees harassment or bullying to report it, and we even offer teens the ability to connect with a trusted adult to get help as part of our social reporting tool.

With the new Bullying Prevention Hub, we’ll be arming bullying victims with information on what they can do when they see harassing content, recommendations to adults who want to help, and even guidance to the person accused of bullying on what he or she has done and how he or she can do better.

These scripts and accompanying information are the result of years of groundbreaking research from dozens of community organizations, academics, and others on the topic of bullying prevention. Rather than simply focusing on awareness of this information, we’re putting it at people’s fingertips at the moment they need it most.

We’re also excited to announce the Fourth Compassion Research Day, where we’ll be sharing preliminary data on how people are using the new Hub, and everything else we’ve learned in the last year about applying the science of how people relate to each other to social technology. Compassion Research Day, scheduled for Dec. 5 at Facebook’s Menlo Park campus, will feature speakers from Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence, Berkeley’s The Greater Good Science Center, and more.

Readers: What did you think of Facebook’s Bullying Prevention Hub?

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