Justin Bieber, Facebook, and MTV team up to stop digital abuse
Pop idol Justin Bieber is teaming up with Facebook and MTV’s A Thin Line to help stamp out digital abuse. A Thin Line was launched by MTV in 2009 in an effort to combat such abuse, which it describes as "cyberbullying, online stalking, and textual harassment."
From now until the end of March, Bieber is calling on kids to join him in reporting the positive steps they have taken to help prevent or eliminate abuse. Actions, such as deleting an inappropriate message or calling out someone for abusive behavior, can be posted on MTV’s Draw Your Line web site, which hosts a virtual map of the different actions taken across the country.
Every time someone posts an action, they can enter to win one of several prizes, which include backstage passes to the taping of an MTV show and a personalized voice mail greeting recorded by Justin Bieber himself. (Sadly, you have to be 14 or older to enter, which could eliminate a huge number of his fans!)
As part of the campaign, MTV is offering some helpful reminders of how kids can take a few simple steps to protect themselves – and others – from becoming victims of digital abuse:
Get the facts. The line between what's okay online and what's not gets blurrier every day. Get the facts on things like constant messaging, online spying, and digital disrespect from A Thin Line and Facebook’s Safety Center. "Like" the Safety Page on Facebook to get updates in your newsfeed on all the latest information.
Be smart. Your Facebook password should be 8 or more characters and a combination of upper and lowercase letters plus numbers and at least one other symbol. If your password doesn't meet these requirements, you should change it. Remember – never share it!
Help others. Be supportive of your Facebook friends. If they're getting trashed or harassed on Facebook, step in or, if it's really bad, report the abuse. A Thin Line has more tips for taking control of your digital domain.