Earlier this week, Instagram finally announced plans to launch a new anti-bullying feature. In a recent blog post, and as reported by the BBC, new Instagram head Adam Mosseri said, “We can do more to prevent bullying from happening on Instagram, and we can do more to empower the targets of bullying to stand up for themselves.”
No one could argue with that, but I do have concerns.
Co-authored with Rory Selinger
Middle school is hell. That’s why the R-rated movie Eighth Grade, a dramedy whose main character is a social media-savvy teen, was celebrated as an opportunity for parents and kids to talk honestly about all kinds of uncomfortable subjects, including “mean-girl behavior.” (And yes, of course, boys can be just as obnoxious and backstabbing as girls, even if that phrase has become shorthand for relational aggression since 2004.)
Currently, middle school kids (and probably others as well) are egging on their classmates to answer a baited question online: How much do you think I like you…
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