Active Minds Blog » cyberbullying Changing the conversation about mental health Wed, 25 May 2016 12:46:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Emerging Scholars Fellowship: What Active Minds and My Project Has Taught Me Tue, 17 May 2016 13:02:29 +0000 Corey is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Corey and her fellow scholars here.

Wow, it’s already my last blog post.  Where did the time go?

It’s been a hectic semester of running around trying to get everything done, but I made it and my project is finally finished!  In the beginning of the semester, I originally hoped to prove the difference anonymity could have on cyber-bystanders and cyberbullying.  Unfortunately due to my small sample size, I was unable to definitively show that effect.  However, I found other interesting results that hadn’t anticipated.

One of my biggest hiccups in my project was transitioning platforms. Last semester I used an app called Rooms, which was a branch from its parent company Facebook.

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The Rooms app was unavailable this past semester so instead I used the app GroupMe.  Both were unique in their format and features, but were the most similar apps I could find.  However, there was one major difference in these two apps.  In GroupMe, users could “hide” posts and would then make the post invisible to the user but not to anyone else.  Whereas in Rooms, users could “report” an individual comment, post or chat room to an overall network server but would not disappear.

In the Rooms condition, more participants were inclined to report posts or comments than participants in the GroupMe condition.  This was interesting for me because I never imagined something as simple as word choice could make a huge impact on cyber-bystanders taking action in a cyber-bullying attack.

Although these results were not what I had originally hoped for, I’m excited to see where this research will take me in the future, and what this will mean for anonymous apps and their formatting.

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Meet My Mentor: Dr. Megan Moreno, MD, MPH, MSEd Thu, 03 Mar 2016 15:27:45 +0000 Corey is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Corey and her fellow scholars here.

Dr. MorenoI’ve been lucky enough to be paired with Dr. Megan
Moreno, MD, MPH, MSEd, a professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Moreno focuses on adolescents and technology use, and her most recent study focuses on self-harm on Instagram.

Originally Dr. Moreno was a pediatrician, where she saw a rise of social media use among her adolescent patients.  With that prevalence of social media use among teens, Dr. Moreno saw many of her patients dealing with cyberbullying, which is why she decided to work so closely with cyberbullying research.  I’m lucky to have someone who is so knowledgeable about cyberbullying to help me whenever I need her!

So far, Dr. Moreno has offered invaluable support and advice.  Knowing that I have someone in my corner, even when she’s 2,000+ miles away in Seattle, is a fantastic feeling.  I’m excited to continue working with Dr. Moreno and to see how she helps my project grow.

Project Update:

I’m officially IRB approved, and I will begin testing my participants when Loyola gets back from spring break!

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Emerging Scholars Fellowship: Meet Corey Falls Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:11:27 +0000 Corey is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Corey and her fellow scholars here.

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(Photo Credit: Lauren Anzevino)

Hi! I’m Corey, and yes, although my name can be confusing I am, in fact, a girl! So, let’s get to know each other a bit. I’m a sophomore at Loyola University Maryland (#GoHounds) studying psychology. I’m an Evergreen Orientation Leader on campus, which means that I love ice breakers and I can recite my name, hometown, major and 3 fun facts in record speed.

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Corey (red) and the Evergreens at Fall Orientation

In case you were wondering those fun facts are: I’ve swam with sharks, I’ve performed at Walt Disney World with my high school choir and I have a backwards tooth (don’t ask).

I am also involved in Loyola’s chapter of Psi Chi and Psych Club. Aside from academics, I play on an intramural volleyball team and I play the ukulele.

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Reigning Intramural Volleyball Champions

Now that you know a little about me, it’s time to find out more about my project!

Have you ever heard of Yik Yak? Nope?  Well, to put it simply its anonymous twitter where anyone within a certain mile radius can post about anything they want.

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Yik Yak logo

Sometimes this is used for SpongeBob quotes, and other times it can be used to make fun of other students, professors, or administrators. After seeing the harm in anonymous social media, I set out to experiment with it and determine the effects it has on college students

I’ll be studying cyberbullying and the role cyber bystanders (both anonymous and public) play in effecting the bullying that occurs in social media apps. For my experiment, I will be using the app that makes large group messages possible (in the wise words of DJ Khaled, #blessup) GroupMe to create controlled chat rooms.

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GroupMe logo

While I hope that my faith in humanity will be restored through this study, I also hope to understand the differences between anonymous and public social media.

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