At last, I’ve got good news about kids and the Internet. Experts say that young people have found a way to stop cyberbullying that’s remarkably simple and effective. They can start a “Facebook compliment page” for their school or University, and use them to post nice things about their classmates.
The trend started at Queen’s University in Canada when 4 students wanted to promote a more supportive campus community. And already, nearly 100 schools have active compliment pages.
One of the most intriguing things is that all the posts are all anonymous. So, it would be easy for someone to ruin the good vibe by being negative and mean. But that’s just not happening. In fact, 99.5 percent of the posts are positive.
Social scientist Glenn Stutzky has extensively studied cyberbullying and he says so-called “cyber-graciousness” can have a big, positive effect. He says that instead of a few bad apples spoiling the compliment pages, there’s a growing sense of competition for who can write the most flattering posts. And based on the increasing number of new pages and upbeat posts, the goodwill is contagious.
In fact, one of the few problems with the compliment pages is that they’re so popular, some of their creators have had to stop managing them. Because it began to take too much time to sift through all the comments that they couldn’t keep up with their homework.
So, take that, cyberbullies! Your victims have found a way to fight back with kindness.