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Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D.

Professor. Speaker. Researcher. Author.

INTRODUCTION

Dr. Sameer Hinduja is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media use, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people. He has written seven books, and his interdisciplinary research is widely published and cited in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals. As a noted speaker and expert on teens and social media use, Dr. Hinduja also trains students, educators, parents, mental health professionals, and other youth workers how to promote the positive use of technology. In addition, he is frequently asked to provide expert commentary by news organizations, and his work has been featured in venues that include CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, NPR's All Things Considered, the BBC, and The New York Times. Recently, he received Auburn University's Global Anti-Bullying Hero Award, won Florida Atlantic University’s Researcher of the Year award, presented on cyberbullying at a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill, and served as a Fulbright Specialist Scholar at Dublin City University. Dr. Hinduja is also the Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Bullying Prevention, a new peer-reviewed journal from Springer.

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Education Dive - 1 day ago | School safety commission hears diverse views on influence of ...
Sameer Hinduja, a criminal justice professor at Florida Atlantic University and the co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, provided updated data ...
U.S. Department of Education (press release) - 3 days ago | Federal Commission on School Safety Meeting to Focus on the ...
Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and co-director of its Cyberbullying ...
Durham Herald Sun - Jun 7, 2018 | Durham police investigate sexting report at Jordan High School
Sameer Hinduja, a criminology professor at Florida Atlantic University and co-founder of the Cyberbullying Research Center, studies the intersection of teens ...
KFSN-TV - May 25, 2018 | Battling Back From Bullying
Sameer Hinduja, PhD, Professor of Criminology and Director of Cyberbullying Research Center at Florida Atlantic University is a cyberbullying expert and knows ...
UConn Daily Campus - Apr 25, 2018 | The real victim of cyberbullying is...the cyberbully?
Sameer Hinduja, co-author of this study, as well as a criminology professor at Florida Atlantic University, grew very concerned with the results. "We were alarmed ...
WBUR - Apr 21, 2018 | When Teens Cyberbully Themselves
"We were alarmed to learn that 6 percent of the youth who participated in our study engaged in some form of digital self-harm," says Sameer Hinduja, co-author ...
Asbury Park Press - Apr 20, 2018 | Cyberbullied at 53, she's looking to start a Jersey Shore support ...
Sameer Hinduja, co-director of Cyberbullying Research Center and professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, agreed. He said ...
CBC.ca - Apr 11, 2018 | Businesses, Manitobans should rally behind shops targeted by Hells ...
"It's disturbing that an army of sorts was marshalled against this business based on what seems to have been a single 'perceived offence'," said Sameer Hinduja ...
Patch.com - Apr 11, 2018 | Bullies And Their Targets The Same In Surprising Number of Cases
Intrigued, Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin, the co-directors of the Cyberbullying Research Center, looked more closely at the phenomenon.
Reveal - Apr 5, 2018 | When virtual reality feels real, so does the sexual harassment
Sameer Hinduja, a criminology and criminal justice professor at Florida Atlantic University and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, says the ...

RECENT BLOG POSTS

Federal Commission on School Safety

Yesterday, I testified on “cyberbullying and social media” in front of the Federal Commission of School Safety, chaired by Secretary Betsy DeVos and comprised of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (Homeland Security), Secretary Alex Azar (Health and Human Services), and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Collectively, they are trying to garner insight on the ecology of schools and…

Emoji as Threats in Student Messages and Social Media

When we speak to students in schools across the nation, we always focus on the positives of social media while also sharing case studies to underscore the reminder they frequently need to hear: “pause before you post.” While there are numerous examples of students missing out on college and university slots, scholarships, and employment opportunities…

Cyberstalking

I was chatting with some of my students yesterday about cyberstalking, and just as I suspected, at least a few had experienced it and were able to share compelling stories about what happened. It reminded me of two times I personally dealt with it as well, one by a fellow student in undergrad that lasted…

The Priority for Cyberbullying Prevention

With First Lady Melania Trump mentioning cyberbullying as the major social issue she would like to prioritize and tackle during her husband’s U.S. presidential administration, everyone in my line of work has been buzzing about what that could possibly mean. These last eight years have brought good progress with anti-bullying and anti-cyberbullying efforts by the…

Discord: A Chat App Not Just For Gamers

It annoys me so much when well-intentioned adults label certain apps as “dangerous” or “evil.” I’ve recently heard such descriptive words about a relatively new app called Discord. Like most new platforms that have come down the pike, there is nothing inherently problematic about it as the majority of participants use it in positive, productive,…

Cyberbullying Fact Sheet: Identification, Prevention, and Response

By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin This cyberbullying guide is a nine-page summary – filled with as much useful information as possible – to equip educators, parents, and other youth-serving adults to spot cyberbullying, respond to it appropriately and meaningfully, and to prevent its future occurrence among those they care for. If you only…

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

teens and technology, cyberbullying, bullying, social media, sexting, digital dating abuse, cybercrime, information and corporate security, survey research, evaluation research, criminological and behavioral theory

BOOKS

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2016). Bullying Today: Bulletpoints and Best Practices. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (Corwin Press). ISBN: 978-1-5063-3597-1.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2015). Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (Corwin Press). 2nd Edition. ISBN: 1483349934.

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2014). Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing. ISBN: 978-1575424514.

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2014). A Leader’s Guide to Words Wound. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2012). School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting One Classroom at a Time. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (Corwin Press). ISBN: 1412997836.

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2012). Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives. New York: Routledge. ISBN: 0415892376.

Hinduja, S. (2006). Music Piracy and Crime Theory. New York: LFB Scholarly, Inc. ISBN: 1593321244.

SELECTED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2017). Digital Self-Harm. Journal of Adolescent Health. Journal Impact Factor: 3.974

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2017). Cultivating Youth Resilience to Prevent Bullying and Cyberbullying Victimization. Child Abuse & Neglect, 73, 51-62. Journal Impact Factor: 2.293

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (in review). Connecting Adolescent Suicide to the Severity of Bullying and Cyberbullying. Journal Impact Factor: 1.901

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (in review). Sextortion Among Adolescents: Results from a National Survey of U.S. Youth. Journal Impact Factor: 4.195

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (in review). The Nature and Extent of Sexting Among Middle and High School Students. Journal Impact Factor: 2.720

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2016).  Perceptual Deterrence and Bullying Behaviors: Do the Police, the School, or the Family Matter More?  Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.  Journal Impact Factor: 2.372

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2015). Defining Cyberbullying: Implications for Research.  Aggression and Violent Behavior, 23, 69-74.  Journal Impact Factor: 1.928

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2013). Cyberbullying among Adolescents: Implications for Empirical Research. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53(4), 431-432. Journal Impact Factor: 3.974

Patchin, J. W., Schafer, J. A., & Hinduja, S. (2013). Cyberbullying and Sexting: Law Enforcement Perceptions. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

Sabella, R. A., Patchin, J. W., & Hinduja, S. (2013).  Cyberbullying myths and realities. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(6), 2703-2711. Journal Impact Factor: 3.435

Hinduja, S. & Kooi, B. (2013). Curtailing Cyber and Information Security Vulnerabilities through Situational Crime Prevention. Security Journal, 26(4):383-402.  Journal Impact Factor: 0.978

Hinduja, S.  & Patchin, J. W.  (2013).  Social Influences on Cyberbullying Behaviors Among Middle and High School Students. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42 (5), 711-722. Journal Impact Factor: 3.284

Hinduja, S. (2012). The Heterogeneous Engineering of Music Piracy. Policy & Internet, 4 (3), 229-248.  Journal Impact Factor: 2.29

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2012). School-based Efforts to Prevent Cyberbullying. Prevention Researcher, 19 (3), 7-9.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2012). Cyberbullying: Neither an Epidemic Nor a Rarity. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 9 (5), 539-543. Journal Impact Factor: 1.302

Hinduja, S. (2012). General Strain, Self-Control, and Music Piracy. International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 6 (1), 951–967.

Hinduja, S. & Higgins, G. E. (2011). Trends and patterns among music pirates. Deviant Behavior, 32, 1–26. Journal Impact Factor: 1.052

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2011). Traditional and nontraditional bullying among youth: A test of general strain theory. Youth and Society, 43 (2) 727-751. Journal Impact Factor: 1.608

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2011). Cyberbullying: A review of the legal issues facing educators. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 55(2), 71-78.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2011). High-tech cruelty. Educational Leadership, 68(5), 48-52. Journal Impact Factor: .194

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2011). Cyberbullying and Self-Esteem. Journal of School Health, 80 (12), 614-621. Journal Impact Factor: 1.749

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2010). Changes in Adolescent Online Social Networking Behaviors from 2006 to 2009. Computers in Human Behavior, 26, 1818–1821 Journal Impact Factor: 3.435

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2010). Bullying, cyberbullying, and suicide. Archives of Suicide Research, 14 (3), 206-221. Journal Impact Factor: 1.901

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2010). Trends in online social networking: Adolescent use of MySpace over time. New Media and Society. 12(2) 197–216. Journal Impact Factor: 2.524

EDUCATION

  • Florida Atlantic University
    Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2013 to present
    Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2009 to 2013
    Undergraduate Coordinator, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2010 to 2012
    Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2004 to 2009
  • Cyberbullying Research Center
    Co-Director, 2008 to present
  • Center for Cryptology and Information Security
    Faculty Member

RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Presents to tens of thousands of educators, parents, and youth each year on bullying, cyberbullying, sexting, and safe social media use

Published 7 books, 10 peer-reviewed book chapters, and 41 academic journal articles

Publications have been cited over 11,700 times as of March 2018

FAU Presidential Award Winner for Outstanding Faculty-Led Community Engagement in Service, 2018

Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Bullying Prevention

2017 Fulbright Specialist Award Winner (one of five worldwide)

Keynoted the 2017 World Anti-Bullying Forum

Keynoted Auburn University's 2016 Anti-Bullying Summit

Keynoted the International Bullying Prevention
Association's 2016 annual conference

Spoke at "School Safety and Violence" Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill in February, 2015

Co-authored a white paper on cyberbullying for the White House

Appointed Board Member of the International Bullying Prevention Association

Appointed Board Member of Hack Harassment

Appointed Board Member of BeStrong

Spoke at TEDx in 2015 (Comparing Ourselves to Others)

Spoke at TEDx in 2014 (The Lost Art of Listening)

Michigan State University's Distinguished Young Alumni Award, 2014

Listen Learn Care Award from the Office Depot Foundation, 2014

Children's Wireless Safety Achievement Award from the Wireless Foundation, 2014

Spoke at TEDx in 2013 (Single-Minded Focus)

Auburn University's Global Anti-Bullying Hero Award, 2015

Michigan State University's Commencement Speaker, 2013

Michigan State University's School of Criminal Justice Wall of Fame inductee, 2012

FAU's Teacher of the Year Award, 2011

FAU's Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award, 2015

FAU's Researcher of the Year Award, 2015, 2010

FAU's Freshman Convocation Speaker, 2010

PROFILE

ABOUT ME

Professionally, I spend my time researching, identifying, and sharing best practices for helping kids, teens, and young adults use social media and the Internet in positive, healthy, and productive ways. Promoting digital citizenship involves lots of formal and informal interaction with students (of all ages!), parents, educators, counselors, mental health professionals, and law enforcement. And that is my favorite part - I get to hear their stories, I can relate to what they are facing, and I feel compelled to make a difference. At the Cyberbullying Research Center, my colleague Justin W. Patchin and I collect data, analyze it, identify research-based best practices, share them in articles, books, blogs, and downloadable resources, and get out in the field to answer the primary questions of those on the front lines:

  • "What are the latest technology trends and disruptive social media apps?"
  • "What does the latest research say about cyberbullying, sexting, digital dating abuse, and similar issues?"
  • "How can we cultivate positive peer relationships marked by acceptance and respect?"
  • "What prevention and response strategies are emerging worldwide?"
  • "How can we promote kindness and digital citizenship within positive school climates?"
  • "How can we teach empathy, resilience, altruism, and self-control?"
  • "How can we get youth to lead the way, and be the most powerful catalysts of change?"
  • "What should we not spend our time doing, and what should we prioritize to help our students?"

I am passionate about my work, and I can honestly say that I love what I do.

Personally, I simply like to live my life in a way that keeps me joyful and young at heart, and helps me to continually see the world and the people in it with awe, wonder, reverence, and thankfulness. As I get older, I have to be so intentional to guard against cynicism, busyness, pettiness, pride, apathy, and ingratitude. Life is rough and entropy is real, and if I don't actively fight against that tide, everything becomes a chore. And I don't want that. I am pretty sure you don't either. I love reflecting on and chatting about the human condition, and the desires and battles common to us all. If you do as well, let's chat!

Interests

Spending time with God, family, and friends

Investing in others

Hiking

Rock climbing

Snowboarding

Exploring and adventuring

Missions trips

Acoustic guitar

Writing songs and poems

Blogging

Ultimate frisbee

St. Louis Cardinals

Kansas City Chiefs

St. Louis Blues

San Antonio Spurs

Clean water in India

WHAT I'M GOOD AT

  • Speaking

    Skilled at connecting with kids, teens, parents, educators, and other professionals on their level regardless of their age and background
  • Teaching

    Passionate about encouraging, empowering, and equipping others about what they need to know
  • Writing

    Blogs regularly while also writing books and journal articles about research interests
  • Listening

    Takes the time to learn and understand problems before offering meaningful suggestions and solutions
  • Practical ideas

    Prides himself on useful, actionable strategies instead of pie-in-the-sky theoretical ideas
  • Details

    Pays attention to the small stuff, and pursues excellence and thoroughness in every area
  • Getting Back to You

    Provides timely responses when working together

TESTIMONIALS

CONTACT

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