Cyberbullying on campus

As a sequel to our popular post on workplace bullying in higher education (https://newworkplace.wordpress.com/2009/02/19/workplace-bullying-and-mobbing-in-academe-the-hell-of-heaven/), here’s a piece from the spring 2009 edition of Boston University’s Bostonia magazine reporting on growing concerns over cyberbullying on college campuses:

In summer 2007, a music professor at BU was shocked to learn that he had a Facebook page — in his name, with a recent photo and a spot-on bio. But, the professor recalls, “embedded in the document were really scurrilous things that were reputed to have been said by me, and they were quite unpleasant and ugly and immature.”…

…Welcome to Cyberbullying 2.0, the adult version of the meanest pastime on MySpace and Facebook. In recent years, the dangerous game has grown up and grown calculated, and its consequences now include adult-sized miseries — dashed career opportunities, ruined professional relationships, crippling anxiety, even thoughts of suicide.

To read the full article: http://www.bu.edu/bostonia/spring09/bully/

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