Textual Harassment

It seems that I’m on a bit of a video kick lately. Below is another great campaign for addressing cyber bullying and textual harassment. As technology changes and becomes more of the norm in young people’s lives, it also becomes more commonly used tool for spreading hate. We definitely need to address the root causes of bullying and peer violence when we address root causes of intimate partner violence since they have many of the same risk and protective factors. In plain speak – the skills and methods developed to bully an individual are the same ones used to put down or abuse an intimate partner.

While I really like the ‘A Thin Line’ campaign, I think this particular video lacks something for the viewer to do. Great way to raise awareness and define the problem… but now what? Maybe that’s where we can step in. What can we do to prevent cyber bullying?

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Miss Representation Documentary

One of the many ways we work to address root causes of intimate partner violence is through media literacy. The media, as we’ve discussed time and time again, is one place where we receive so many messages about… everything. It is a powerful tool, but also one of the mechanisms that perpetuates violence and unhealthy relationship skills and ideas. A 2010 Sundance Documentary, Miss Representation, explores this mechanism and offers some very critical and powerful glimpses into how the media influences our lives and world.

How do movies and films such as this effect your perception?