Combating Cyberbullying and Resources to Help

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

Cyberbullying is becoming a bigger and bigger phenomenon and issue yet it is so relatively new that we are still grappling with ways to effectively combat it. Fittingly, more and more, anti-bullying organizations are focusing on social media as a means to combat such bullying. Furthermore, more and more companies and organizations are hosting events and conferences to allow LGBT students an opportunity to make connections as openly gay individuals. For example, Facebook recently held its second annual “Out for Undergraduate Technology Conference” at it’s Menlo Park, CA headquarters which worked to connect high-achieving LGBT students. As event organizer Michael Ruderman put it, the conference is “mostly about helping the next generation of LGBT employees realize they don’t have to hide their sexual orientation to get ahead.”

The need for this is starkly clear. According to GLSEN’s (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) “2011 National School Climate Survey of LGBT students” 81% of LGBT students experienced verbal or physical harassment at school due to their sexual orientation and further 63.5% felt unsafe at school. Almost 30% of LGBT students missed at least one day in school in the past month due to concerns about their safety. Less than 50% reported having a ga