How to Stop the Bullies by Emily Bazelon
This piece was in the March 2013 issue of The Atlantic. It details the efforts of social media sites and professors at MIT are undertaking to combat online bullying. That wonderful rogue hacker group, Anonymous, is even getting in on the action. It's a fascinating piece of journalism that scared me. I work with over 150 kids every day and I'm sure that online bullying is something they deal with but before reading this I didn't know how huge it was.
Article: 9 of 10
Bazelon is a great reporter. She goes in-depth with the topic and explains not just the problem, but also the possible solutions. An aside: I love The Atlantic.
Teachability: 10 of 10
This is one of those articles that I want my students to read, not so they'll appreciate the writing, but rather so I can listen to them discuss it. There is power in the article and in the topic of cyberbullying and imagine if every student in a middle school or high school were to read and then discuss this? Things would change. Kids would maybe think twice before being jerks to each other online. Highly recommended.