BullySWAT: Putting an End to CyberBullying
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.
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 Todd. Then 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.
Blog Bloke: Founder and Head of Project
Jewel Fryer: Co-Founder and Community Manager
Diane Bjorling: Research and Development
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!