As transformative social media and other services have been in changing how young people connect with each other, new technology has also challenged students and educators to stand up to online bullying.
Recognizing this challenge, Livecube was excited and honored to be a partner in the 2015 Student First Anti-Bullying Forum, an event hosted by Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education to address bullying and cyberbullying this November in Canada.
Attended by over 9,000 Saskatchewan students in grades 6 through 12, the event shattered records for an anti-bullying event and validated Livecube’s ability to handle high-volume activity. At the single most active moment, almost 9,000 people were accessing the stream, sharing posts and interacting with each other directly in the app.
Here were some posts from the event, shared via the hashtag #sasksf:
— Benita Struik (@BenitaStruik) November 20, 2015
— Katia Hildebrandt (@kbhildebrandt) November 19, 2015
— Miss K. Smith (@KailynSmith_Ed) November 17, 2015
Incredibly, the huge event was managed entirely by an organizational team of three. Thanks to Livecube’s powerful and intuitive moderation tools, this small team was able to coordinate and boost online interaction for thousands of event attendees.
Throughout the event, student participation was off the charts. One major theme of student posts centered around how we’re all still people behind the screen, so think twice about what you say about others online. Other topics focused on digital footprint, or being careful about what you post online (because it is hard to erase), as well as encouragement to not to be a bystander when you see cyber-bullying taking place. Of course, since the event was tailored to an audience of students, memes proved a very popular component of the conversation happening on Livecube.
The event was successful thanks to diligent moderation and pre-event preparation provided to teachers involved.
In the end, the Anti-Bullying Forum proved to be one of Livecube’s most heavily-trafficked events. We’re thankful to the entire team at Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education for their dedication in standing up against online bullying, and we’re proud they partnered with us for this event.Follow Justin Schier on Twitter @justinschier
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