Invisible Bullies

What is the injustice we are solving?
Internet has a big role on lives nowadays. Teenagers can stay anonymous online and say things they won't say face to face, and sometimes it's good for their self-determenation.
On the other side, it can be harmful for other teens in the Net. Unafraid of being punished, they leave mean comments, make fun of someone's photos and try to to raise their self-esteem by bullying others. That make insulted teens feel themselves unconfident or "not good enough", what causes depression and other mental deseases. As well as offline bullying, bullying in the Internet has a harmful effect on teens' personality, but it also leave bullies unpunished!
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Adrian B.

April 05, 2018

Hi Sophia,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for an Accelerator, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!

Best,
Adrian
Adrian B.

March 29, 2018

Hi Sophia,

Just checking in about your project and the next steps. I wanted to make sure you are aware of the upcoming Mini-Grant Deadline - there is still time to remain eligible to attend a Peace First Challenge Accelerator if you complete your Compassionate Insight, Project Plan, and Mini-Grant application by March 31st.

We're excited about your work, and would love to be able to support it with a mini-grant of up to $250.

These tools can help you craft your insight, plan, and budget for your mini-grant:
https://www.peacefirst.org/understand-through-compassion
https://www.peacefirst.org/plan-your-project

Through your dashboard you can submit your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let me know how I can help!

Best,
Adrian
Fish S.

November 13, 2017

Hey Sophia! Wanted to check in on this project. How are things going? What's next?
Fish S.

October 24, 2017

Hey Sophia! Seems like you've zeroed in on a serious problem.

I love your nuanced take on anonymity. I agree -- having the space and freedom to say what's on your mind can be a good thing for young people. The problem occurs when that anonymity is used to hurt others -- and prevents authority figures from holding bullies accountable.

So it looks like you've identified an issue. I have two questions:
1. What are you going to do about it?
2. How can we help?

You might check out some of our "understand" resources here: https://www.peacefirst.org/resources. They could be useful for you!

Let us know if you have questions, or how we can help.
Sophia N.

October 25, 2017

Hello,
Thank you for understanding the problem. Your words define it accurately.
As we can't identify bullies due to their anonymity, we are still able to teach people to recognise "trolls", for example, and educate them to respect all Internet users. I guess we can hold special classes of information literacy for students in schools to help them fight bullies back.
You can help us by organising events concerning to the topic or spreading information about ways to protect from bullies in your community. You can also tell other people about our project, so more people will participate! Anyways, any help would be priceless.
I found resourses of the site really useful. Thanks for the link!
Fish S.

November 01, 2017

Sophia, I really like your idea for hosting classes on information literacy so young people know how to respond to cyberbullying and trolls. I think this is an awesome focus for a project.

We'd be happy to help you spread the word and prevent bullying by providing you with tools, a mentor, and a mini-grant -- and anything else you need to help you get started. We want to help you bring your idea to life! What do you think your next step is?