Facebook Apologizes for Dating Ad Featuring Photo of Rehtaeh Parsons

Until the morning, Facebook was running two ads for a Canadian dating site, both of which featured photos of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old who committed suicide after she was allegedly gang raped by four boys who then circulated photos of the assault online. "Find Love in Canada!" read each ad, over a photograph of… » 9/18/13 6:45pm 9/18/13 6:45pm

The Internet: A Source of Bullying and Coping for LGBT Youth

The Internet is everyone's frenemy. But for LGBT kids, the Internet can be a source of constant harassment and threats, a phenomenon all-too familiar in American media after countless suicides as a direct result of cyberbullying. A new study by the the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network corroborates that claim… » 7/12/13 5:00pm 7/12/13 5:00pm

Neighbors Support Boys Accused of Gang-Raping Girl Before Her Suicide

What do you do with an untapped penchant for Clipart and rape apologia? Cover Rehtaeh Parsons' neighborhood with Pepto-Bismol pink posters proclaiming: "Speak the truth. There’s two sides to every story. Listen before you judge. The truth will come out. Stay strong and support the boys." » 4/18/13 4:30pm 4/18/13 4:30pm

Another Teenage Girl Kills Herself After Onslaught of Internet Bullying

Yet another teenage girl killed herself after being sexually assaulted and aggressively cyber-bullied. Will Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old from Nova Scotia who died last Sunday after attempting suicide a few days earlier, go down in tragic history alongside Amanda Todd and Jessica Laney, two other teens who recently… » 4/09/13 1:55pm 4/09/13 1:55pm

Amanda Todd's Mother Plans To Educate Other Parents On Cyber-Bullying

Carol Todd—mother of Vancouver teenager Amanda Todd, who committed suicide one month short of her 16th birthday after years of bullying due to a topless photo she sent to a man in an online chatroom in middle school—gave an interview to the Vancouver Sun yesterday. She spoke about her daughter's suffering, the… » 10/13/12 6:00pm 10/13/12 6:00pm

Will This 15-Year-Old Suicide Victim's PSA Actually Convince Bullies to…

Amanda Todd, the Vancouver-area 15-year-old who allegedly killed herself this week after years of cyber bullying, is famous now, thanks to the chilling anti-bullying video she posted on YouTube a few weeks before her death. But there's nothing special or unique about Amanda's story. That's why it's so powerful. » 10/12/12 1:40pm 10/12/12 1:40pm

Next Top Model Judge Hospitalized after Twitter Bullying Leads to…

Today in horrible, depressing news of how terrible people can be: Australia's Next Top Model judge, anti-bullying campaigner, television presenter, and former model Charlotte Dawson has been hospitalized in Sydney following an apparent suicide attempt that came after weeks of vicious bullying on Twitter. Speaking out… » 8/30/12 3:30pm 8/30/12 3:30pm

How Should Google+ Stop Sexual Harassment?

Google+ has had a rocky start, and one of its problems has been its skewed gender ratio — the social networking platform remains overwhelmingly male. Now one user is arguing that the way to fix this is to make it easier for users to report sexual harassment on the service. Does Google+ need a special harassment button? » 3/13/12 4:45pm 3/13/12 4:45pm

Hilarious Internet Collective Continues Tradition of Taunting Teen Who…


Fifteen-year-old Amanda Cummings stepped in front of a bus two days after Christmas, suicide note in her pocket. Her family's understandably heartbroken by their loss, but they're even more heartbroken by the response Amanda's death has gotten on the internet. Online forum 4chan, notorious for targeting dead kids for… » 1/05/12 7:00pm 1/05/12 7:00pm

What Formspring Means For Friendship And Female Aggression

The parasites of the social media world are websites and applications that let users post anonymous messages about others. Formspring.me has been leading the pack. Untold thousands of teenagers have accounts on the site, which allows your audience –- almost always your classmates –- to write anything on your personal… » 9/02/11 3:00pm 9/02/11 3:00pm