Why the No Make-Up Selfie campaign spread across social media like cyber wildfire

Dr Mariann Hardey | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Mariann Hardey

Considering how many of us look in the mirror first thing in the morning, the thought of sharing our image on Facebook among 1.11billion users is probably a daunting prospect. So it's arguably a masterstroke that in a world obsessed with body perfection a charitable cause rallied tens of thousands of women into revealing their bare faces on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter...

Stop Shaming Breastfeeding Women

Kiran Chug | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

We shouldn't need breastfeeding champions to assert our rights as women. We shouldn't need to stage mass public breastfeeding events to assert our rights as mothers. We shouldn't need outpourings of support online to assert our rights to feed our children.

‎Self-Esteem Is a Hot Topic - But What Actually Is It? And why is it so important now?

BritChick Paris | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

It is as a teenager that we face the greatest test of self-esteem. We become aware of how we look, how others see us and worst of all we become aware of a world that judges us. From every angle teens are told to be prettier, sexier, skinnier, to wax, to colour and to fake it. Very few talk about anything other than they we look.

Teaching Sex In Primary Schools

Jack Fletcher | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

It doesn't happen. Sex and relationship education (SRE) that is taught in primary schools (ages 4-11) is point blank not about teaching young children how to have sex. It is about giving age-appropriate information that is evidence-based on the issues that SRE encompasses.

Taylor Swift Is a Decent Role Model for Young Women, Why Does the Internet Tear Her to Shreds?

Kate Leaver | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kate Leaver

It appears that hating Taylor Swift is one of the internet's favourite hobbies. Just Google her name and you're hit with a virtual tsunami of fierce hatred... But here's the thing. Hatred for Taylor Swift seems entirely arbitrary. Nobody appears able to properly justify trolling her, or disliking her. Substitute any other young pop star into any of the above-described scenarios and the public reaction would have been completely different.

Teachers Told To Search Students' Phones For Sexual Images

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Teachers should search through their students' phones for sexual images, a Home Office Minister has said. Speaking in the house of Commons on Tuesd...

How You Can Help End the Cyberbullying That Caused My Daughter to Take Her Life

Gabbi Dix | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gabbi Dix

I'm a single mum and Izzy was my only child. My old life has now gone forever and I'm struggling to make sense of my new one. This campaign won't bring Izzy back. But it will spread awareness about the potential dangers of and bullying in general to parents and teens - and could save lives.

Trolling Stays With You, Long After the Abuse

The Conversation UK | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Tech
The Conversation UK

Online abuse is more akin to a slow poison that continually erodes confidence, security, and peace of mind. Dealing with it is not easy, either for the target or investigative bodies, but we must get better at recognising that it is as "real" as offline abuse.

Is the Concept of Free Speech in Crisis?

Simon Stevens | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I believe 'free speech' is not just the act of allowing someone to say what they believe, so long as it is in a manner that is not personally abusive, but also the way to have the active respected and challenged in a manner that is not abusive.

Generation Cyberbully

Harry Brown | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

Cyberbullying presents a vicious circle for educators and parents who are often cutout of the process without even the knowledge of the bullying taking place. Traditional bullying is far easier for parents and educators to intervene in. Educating students and parents alike about the dangers of Internet usage and ensuring the lines of dialogue and support remain open must be a top priority for educators as part of their pedagogic duty.

#Bloodycyclists Tweeter 'Now Victim Of Cyberbullying'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Emma Way, a motorist convicted of driving offences after tweeting about a collision with a cyclist, has said she was the victim of cyber-bullying beca...

Madness at Our Fingertips

The Mac Twins | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Tech
The Mac Twins

We recently appeared on BBC's Free Speech and after having had a couple of weeks to mull and chew over one of the topics, I felt I needed to offload my musings on it, so here goes...

Pupils And Teachers Mourn Teen Cyberbullying Victim

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Pupils and teachers joined forces on Wednesday to pay tribute and remember a 14-year-old girl who committed suicide after being a victim of cyberbulli...

'It's Just Really Scarred Me For Life'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK

Jo Smith has revealed she has been left "scarred for life" after discovering the body of her cyberbullied sister two weeks ago. In a heartbreaking ...

Relive my teens? Not on Your life

Holly Seddon | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Seddon

You're telling me you didn't make mistakes at 15? Thank God there weren't digital cameras or digital footprints 20 years ago. You couldn't pay me to be 15. Or any -teen. My own daughter turns 12 tomorrow. The last island before she hits the wild seas of the teenage years.

Purple And White Balloons, Onesies And Messages Of Support

The Huffington Post/UK | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK

Purple and white balloons, onesies and messages of support lined the aisle of the church where teenager Hannah Smith's funeral took place on Friday. ...

'Shut Down Ask.FM' Says Mother Of Two Daughters, Who Both Committed Suicide

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK

The mother of two teenage daughters who committed suicide has called for the controversial website to be shut down. Lorraine Gallagher - who...

Ask.FM Sees Major Sponsors Leave Over Cyberbullying

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK, the website linked to the suicide of teenager Hannah Smith, is facing a backlash after several major companies decided to withdraw advertising...

Teenage Girl 'Killed Herself After Cyber Bullying'

Posted 06.08.2013 | UK

The father of a teenage girl who killed herself after being abused by brutal bullies on a social networking site has called for it to be closed down. ...

Caroline Criado-Perez and the Psychology of Cyber-Bullying and Twitter Trolling

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Tech
Dr Raj Persaud

Caroline Criado-Perez began receiving a barrage of online abuse after the Bank of England announced Jane Austen would feature on the next £10 note. These bizarre and extremely aggressive reactions to her have so far been explained as uncovering a previously suppressed widespread hatred of women. We think the psychology of her predicament is more complex, hinging upon what success represents to the envious and, particularly, those with low self-esteem.

The Continued Growth of Social Media and the Threat to Child Safety

Daley James Francis | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK
Daley James Francis

On the issue of bullying, social media allowed bullies to change tactics, and with less risk involved. Psychological bullying came to the forefront, with Facebook Groups, pages and live chats all available for vulnerable kids to be targeted. Parents wrote social media off as a "fad" or a "trend" and the majority of them - through no fault of their own - left their kids to it.

Cyber-Bullying and Young People

Nicola Morgan | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nicola Morgan

Something I kept coming across in my research was the at-first-surprising notion that many young people don't consider cyber-bullying to be bullying. They know what bullying is - or rather, they know what some bullying activities are - and they know that stuff can happen online, but they don't always see that as bullying. Why?

Spotted: A New Form of Internet Bullying

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Tech
Gabrielle Leimon

Recently the town I went to school in as a child has seen a Spotted page arise and within a few days the page itself has thousands of likes and is updated regularly. Like Foucault's metaphor of the Panopticon, the page acts as a high place looking down upon the people casting judgement hither and thither from the position of power that anonymity brings.

Healed By A Horse

A.J. Higginson | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
A.J. Higginson

After a particularly bad beating it was Dusty who finally helped to put me back together like a broken jigsaw. I have been greatly strengthened by my profoundly insightful equine teacher, walking beside me in my times of need.

Not Forgetting Online Abuse

Paul Lambert | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Tech
Paul Lambert

Clearly we as society, policymakers and website service providers need to consider how we can do more to ensure less people become victims of online abuse, commit suicide, have "bad internet experiences," are forced to move from school to school, home to home, and are even afraid to use the internet.