King’s College Students Launch Anti-cyberbullying Campaign

December 6, 2018
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King’s College Students Launch Anti-cyberbullying Campaign

WILKES-BARRE — A campaign called #ClickAway is spreading the word about the dangers of cyberbullying and is helping victims of cyberbullying.

King’s College students taking the Mass Comm 336 Social Media course launched the campaign last month. They have created Instagram and Facebook pages and met with seventh grade students at Wyoming Valley West Middle school for their input.

“We found out that they know what cyberbullying is. They’re clear on it. They’re being bullied unfortunately,” course instructor Jeannine Luby said. “What we learned from them that we found was interesting was they are noticing the behavior of adults online.”

So the students took two approaches, Luby said.”Let’s talk to the kids about what they need, which is resources to help them report when they’re being bullied, to help them to feel like they’re not alone,” she explained. “And let’s talk to adults, so we can inform them that it’s happening, they need to be aware of it, talk to their children and they need to know what they’re doing. They should model good behavior online, positivity, civility. So we created a Facebook page that’s more for adults. We created an Instagram page that’s more for the younger population and adults as well.”

Lauren Gallagher, a senior from Hanover Twp., said she was surprised to hear from Wyoming Valley West Middle School students that cyberbullying was very prevalent.

“A lot of them had issues with cyberbullying, and they weren’t sure about what to do about it,” Gallagher said. “When it comes to kids, they take the critiques so much harder. They take the bullying so much harder. It’s reaching a lot of people. I did a video for it that’s reached 2,000 people.

We’re proud of what we’ve done with it.”

Courtney Pisano, a senior from Pittston, said they talked to middle school students who saw their parents bullying others online.

“They were kind of following in their footsteps with it, so they thought it was normal,” Pisano said. “A lot of kids we learned they got bullied at home, and it starts on the Internet. And then it follows them to school, which is really surprising.”

Karlee Kioske, a senior from Edwardsville, said she was surprised to hear the middle school student say they were more worried about their parents’ online activity.

“It’s important for parents to watch what they are doing online,” Kioske said.

The name of the Facebook page is “Click Away Cyberbullying — Campaign by King’s College Students.” The name of the Instagram page is “clickawaycyberbullying.”

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