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BullySWAT: Putting an End to CyberBullying

If you follow me on Twitter you might have noticed something new that I started called BullySWAT. BullySWAT is a Twitter account, a hashtag, a Facebook group and soon to become blog.

BullySWAT is not completely new as it has been in the planning for several months now. Which explains the sparse blogging here at Blog Bloke Central.

Why BullySWAT:

I have been bullied most of my life. It started when I was a youngster through high school. I grew up with a revoltion for bullies and carried that throughout my adulthood when I got into law.

Since I began Blog Bloke over a decade ago the trolls / bullies have tried to take my blog down by flaming my comments section, sending DDoS attacks my way and shunning me from their elitist blog networks.

Just for telling the truth about what is really happening online. But despite all their efforts I’m still standing tall.

Last year I was deeply disturbed by the cyberbullying story of Amanda ToddThen I became a victim of a different kind of cyberbullying.

My Twitter account had been hijacked, I was being cyberswarmed, libelled and trolled by real (and not so real) crazies. Phantom profiles were tracking and maligning me everywhere I went online. It was nuts. It was hell.

Then friends started coming out of the woodwork with similar stories and a pattern began to emerge. Pretty soon we had a posse of fellow victims who were supporting each other. A vision began to form in my head of a group to combat cyberbullying and support those who are being similarly bullied.

I came up with the BullySWAT name, registered BullySWAT with Twitter, Facebook et al, created aTwitter hashtag and a Facebook group with the help of my friend Jewel Fryer.

What is BullySWAT:

We are a coalition of bloggers, social media users, researchers and specialists investigating the phenomena of cyberbullying.

What We Want To Accomplish:

  • To raise awareness, educate and empower individuals who are being bullied. 
  • To share news stories and find more information and resources. 
  • To give victims of bullying a safe place to share their personal stories and get support. 
  • To open a dialogue with the public to discuss real solutions for bullying victims. 
  • To lobby government, businesses, social media networks to do more about cyberbullying.
  • To start a movement that will (hopefully) mark the beginning of the end of cyberbullies and trolls.

Our Team:

Blog Bloke: Founder and Head of Project

Jewel Fryer: Co-Founder and Community Manager

Diane Bjorling: Research and Development

Our Address:

Twitter Account: @BullySWAT -> http://twitter.com/BullySWAT

Twitter Hastag: #BullySWAT  -> http://twitter.com/search?q=%23bullySWAT&src=hash

Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/BullySWAT

Our Twitter Chats are held every Friday at 7 pm PST (10pm EST). We hope you will support us and see you there.

P.S.: A little bit of trivia. The logo above is actually my flyswatter that I have here at home just a few feet away from me. I had to clean it up a little to make it more presentable. I will leave the rest to your imagination. Cheers!

Written February 23rd, 2013 by | 8 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips, Featured Tips, Security Tips, Social Media Tips, Technology Tips, Twitter Tips

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There are 8 Comments so far to “BullySWAT: Putting an End to CyberBullying”

  1. Thank you for “letting” me be part of this wonderful team that was created to help people … all people young and old!

    There are quite a few groups of people and individuals who are as deeply concerned about #cyberbullying as we are and I truly feel that by connecting and sharing what we are learning and have experienced in our own lives, then we can get the word out and do what needs to be done..get help for the victims who so often feel that they are alone, that they are imagining things and worse feel that they are to blame.

    While there are many people who talk about abuse, domestic abuse, child abuse etc. we are overdue in understanding Cyber abuse in all of its forms and it is time to get this out into the open and talked about…who knows maybe the laws will be changed to actually do some good…one can hope!

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    Reply by: (BB) Blog Bloke at 4:06 pm said...

    No one person can do it alone. Thank you for volunteering to be an essential part of our team Diane.

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  2. Thank you BB for this fantastic post. What a great team that represents various avenues of social media. Look forward to working along side each of you in making a difference.

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 11:07 am said...

    Yes we do have a great team Christelle and the privilege is all mine.

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  3. Wow, just started reading your blog and its already helped me so much. there’s so many grey areas online and it hard enough without idiots bully you,well done the trolls need putting in there place. I’m only a newbie to blogging and know little but is there anything I can do to help.thx

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 9:32 pm said...

    Hi Maggie. Well we are trying to get a Twitter chat going on Fridays at 7pm PST. If you could help support us with that it would be greatly appreciated. Right now there are only 3 of us and 2 are currently sick so more help is always needed. Thanks.

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    Reply by: maggie winter at 9:47 pm said...

    I’ll try my best,so 7pm pst is I think, 12am (midnight) I’m 5 hrs ahead I think in Brazil (Rio).
    At the risk of being an idiot what do I need to do? didn’t know about twitter chats something to add to the trillion others.
    I going do a post’how to feel really old, start a blog’, lol

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 9:53 pm said...

    Sorry Maggie. We have been hold for a couple of weeks because of illness. Not enough bodies to help out. How is the weather down in RIO? Brazil should not be that far ahead of Pacific time.

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