Facebook Launches Prevent Bullying Page

By David Cohen 

Facebook continues to do its part to help stamp out bullying with Thursday’s launch of the Prevent Bullying page as part of National Bullying Awareness Month.

The social network gathered together resources on the topic, including:

  • A support dashboard where users can follow up on problem posts.
  • A video outlining use of new tools from Facebook, including social resolution tools.
  • Another video sharing successful stories from communities who are taking on the issue of bullying head-on.
  • Links encouraging users to take the “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” pledge.

Facebook said its new social resolution tools which debuted last year and were targeted toward 13- and 14-year-olds have seen a fourfold increase in users finding resolutions, with 81 percent expressing satisfaction with the experience.

The social network also announced that it teamed up with the Ad Council on a new public-service announcement aimed at raising awareness of bullying and spurring bystanders to act.

Facebook said in a note on the Facebook Safety page announcing the launch of the Prevent Bullying page:

For years, we have worked to create policies, programs, and tools to foster, accountability and trust in our community. These tools include a “real name culture” that ties peoples’ actions to their identities; easy-to-use reporting on virtually every piece of content; and an experience for minors with visibility and sharing settings that are generally more restrictive than settings for adults.

The page being launched today builds on our commitment to keep people safe online by offering new and existing resources in one convenient location.

Today, we are also standing with the Ad Council as it launches its bullying prevention advertising campaign on TV, in print, and online. We are deeply integrating the Ad Council content into our Stop Bullying: Speak Up program, now in its second year, with more than 1 million likes and more than 140,000 young people and adults who have taken the pledge to be more than a bystander.

Safety is an ongoing conversation, and all of us have a role in addressing bullying. These initiatives are key to creating a culture where people treat each other with respect. Together with educators, families, community leaders, safety advocates, academics, government, and industry, we will continue using the power and reach of our platform to raise awareness of bullying and how to prevent it.

Readers: Will you explore the new tools Facebook is making available on the subject of bullying?