“Nice” Twitter Accounts Used to Combat Cyberbullying
By Paul Langhorst August 15, 2012
I’ve been reading about students creating “nice” Twitter accounts to combat “negative” Twitter accounts that are started to harass and bully students. This is a very encouraging trend and I hope one that continues to gain momentum.
An example is @OsseoNiceThings, a Twitter account started by 17-year old Kevin Curwick. As reported on KARE-11 (Minneapolis-St. Paul), Curwick, one of the football team’s captains, decided he could no longer sit on the sidelines when online bullying became a spectator sport in his school.
Several anonymous Twitter accounts had sprung up that were ripping on individual students. Curwick was not a student being attacked, but had had enough. He started tweeting nice things about students who were targeted by the negative accounts. Finding good things to say about them.
In a very short time, the negative Twitter accounts that were harassing students ceased to exist – an example of Good overpowering Evil. And, a prime example of how bystanders can step in and stop bullying quickly. Bullies are empowered by the inaction of their peers. They see no action as acceptance and it emboldens them to do more. When bullies see that their peers do not accept their behavior, and take proactive steps to bring the bullying behavior to light, the bullying stops.
Examples of other “nice” Twitter accounts reported by KARE-11 are:
- @ChanhassenNice praises soccer stars and class clowns.
- @ChaskaNice compliments a student’s freckles, and
- @MinnetonkaNice has more than 1,000 followers.
Way to go Kevin Curwick!!! The CyberBully Hotline salutes you!