To fight back against cyberbullying, ADL created CyberALLY®, an interactive training for youth in middle and high school. CyberALLY® educates young people to develop strategies for protecting themselves against cyberbullying, urging them to prevent cyberbullying—and take action against it when they see it happening to others.
Often in those situations there are no adults present, so young people must be prepared to stand up for each other—in other words, to become cyberallies to counteract cyberbullies. ADL’s CyberALLY® program shows them how to do just that. And the good news is—it has been proven to work.
A recent study of ADL’s CyberALLY program, conducted by an independent research group with funding by Circle of Service and Microsoft, suggests encouraging results. It showed statistically significant improvement in addressing cyberbullying in three important areas: awareness and knowledge about cyberbullying; demonstration of responsible and ethical online behavior; and ability to be a cyberally.
In addition, 93 percent of students indicated they learned different strategies for responding to cyberbullying and online bias. And 81 percent indicated that “all kids my age should participate in this workshop.”
Overall, the results of this evaluation find ADL contributing to increased cyber-civility and a culture of e-safety among youth. So brings CyberALLY to your school. By changing the culture from one of passive bystanders to active cyberallies, we can change the way students interact online.
CyberAlly® is a program of ADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute.