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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.

WHAT’S NEW

RECENT MEDIA MENTIONS

WFMZ Allentown - Apr 12, 2018 | Health Beat: Battling back from bullying
It's been almost 10 years since he was first bullied, but Quinton Williams remembers those angry and ugly words starting in the first grade. "I felt like an outcast. I felt like I didn't belong," explained Quinton. His bully or bullies used the anonymity of the internet to target Quinton. "They say a lot of stuff that they won't say in front ... (read more)

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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, a co-director of the U.S. Cyberbullying Research Center and a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University. The cyberbullying expert ... (read more)

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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. Their research, published last fall in the Journal of Adolescent Health, yielded a surprising conclusion: Self-bullying isn't a fluke but a chilling new trend called "digital self-harm.". (read more)

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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 anonymity a VR headset and avatar afford can be alluring to antagonists because it allows them to shed social norms for power and control. “When the 'Grand Theft Auto' ... (read more)

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WNDU-TV - Apr 2, 2018 | Kids with stronger self-image less vulnerable to bullying
Dr. Sameer Hinduja is a cyberbullying expert at Florida Atlantic University, and he knows how much words can hurt. “They don't as compared, for example, to a punch, or a kick, or a push or a shove, but still absolutely they can cut deeply,” he says. That's why parents should help teach their children resilience. “Resilience is ... (read more)

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WXYZ - Mar 23, 2018 | House approves making cyberbullying a crime in Michigan
But Sameer Hinduja, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, said criminalizing behavior mainly associated with minors will be unsuccessful. "They're emotional, they act spontaneously, they act without thinking and are introduced in the criminal justice system and labeled as such," he said. "That becomes a ... (read more)

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Malvern Daily Record - Mar 22, 2018 | First lady vows to fight cyberbullying despite critics
... or tormented portions of their audience. There is no federal law that applies to bullying. State laws vary, ranging from requiring public schools to have bullying policies to requiring anonymous reporting systems, said Sameer Hinduja, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and professor of criminology at Florida ... (read more)

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CHAT News Today - Mar 21, 2018 | First lady vows to fight cyberbullying despite skeptics
State laws vary, ranging from requiring public schools to have bullying policies to requiring anonymous reporting systems, said Sameer Hinduja, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and professor of criminology at Florida Atlantic University. The federal government can best help by giving schools more tools ... (read more)

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Newswise (press release) - Mar 21, 2018 | FAU Expert Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., Available to Discuss ...
Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., 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 ... (read more)

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The Mercury News - Mar 21, 2018 | Melania Trump vows to fight cyberbullying despite critics
By Darlene Superville | Associated Press. WASHINGTON — Melania Trump pushed back against critics Tuesday, declaring her commitment to combating cyberbullying despite the hits she has endured for taking on the issue while her husband routinely goes on Twitter to berate foes and call them names. “I am well aware ... (read more)

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Millennium Post - Mar 20, 2018 | Melania Trump to hold first public event... on cyberbullying
Washington: Melania Trump is hosting executives from major online and social media companies to discuss cyberbullying and internet safety, more than a year after saying that would be her issue as first lady. The meeting on Tuesday marks her first public event on the topic, a choice some observers have questioned given ... (read more)

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Salon - Mar 11, 2018 | Teen suicides rise in tandem with cyberbullying — and advocates ...
“By and large, when it comes to adolescent populations, the aggressor is primarily someone the target knows -- and usually from school,” Sameer Hinduja, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and professor of criminology at Florida Atlantic University, tells Salon. Grace was open about her cyberbullying to her ... (read more)

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Tribune-Review - Feb 23, 2018 | Sharpsburg's anti-bullying law modeled after Brentwood version
Pennsylvania requires public school districts to have an anti-bullying policy and an anti-hazing policy that covers not just students but anyone who has contact with a student. A state law passed in 2015 also makes cyberbullying a third-degree misdemeanor. But Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., a Florida-based researcher, author, ... (read more)

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Florida Weekly - Feb 21, 2018 | The Deep Web
... for the free exchange of ideas and information in repressed countries under repressive regimes. So, don't paint it only as a hellacious network filled with devious people,” said Sameer Hinduja, co-director of the Cyber Bullying Research Center at cyberbullying.org, and professor of criminology at Florida Atlantic University. (read more)

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Salon - Feb 11, 2018 | Women frequently face harassment on networking sites — despite ...
“I think it's easy for us to get lost in the semantics of what constitutes 'cyber harassment,'” Sameer Hinduja, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and professor of criminology at Florida Atlantic University, told Salon. “I think we can make more meaningful progress in terms of responding to the needs of users ... (read more)

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TCPalm - Jan 31, 2018 | Teens were too busy filming fight at Stuart park to stop it | Gil Smart
"Fights have been happening forever, and kids have been watching them forever," said Dr. Sameer Hinduja, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and a professor of criminology at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. "We would love for kids to step in rather than just posting video to get a lot of likes and ... (read more)

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Forbes - Jan 30, 2018 | Call For Facebook To Cancel Messenger Kids Is Well-Meaning But ...
"The reality," said Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, "is that parents give kids access to tablets quite early in life, and increasingly are providing phones to them as well. It's not the platform that is at fault, it is an inadequate boundary and rule setting by parents.” He added, “It's easy to call ... (read more)

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Santa Rosa Press Democrat - Jan 29, 2018 | 2 Florida pre-teens suspected of cyberbullying before girl's suicide
Nationally, about 1-in-3 children say they are cyberbullied, and about 12 percent say they have bullied others online, according to Sameer Hinduja, a criminology professor at Florida Atlantic University and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center . He said his most recent study of more than 5,000 children ages ... (read more)

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First Things - Jan 29, 2018 | Cyber Self-Harm
In the first systematic investigation of this behavior among adolescents, recently published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, Justin Patchin and Sameer Hinduja report their findings from a large, randomly sampled population-based study of 12-to-17-year-olds in the U.S. Of the 5,593 adolescents surveyed, one in twenty ... (read more)

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KTRK-TV - Jan 25, 2018 | 2 12-year-olds arrested for cyber bullying in connection with suicide ...
Nationally, about 1-in-3 children say they are cyberbullied, and about 12 percent say they have bullied others online, according to Sameer Hinduja, a criminology professor at Florida Atlantic University and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center . He said his most recent study of more than 5,000 children ages ... (read more)

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RECENT BLOG POSTS

What is Bullying?

Most generally, the term bullying is equated to the concept of harassment, which is a form of unprovoked aggression often directed repeatedly toward another individual or group of individuals.[1] However, bullying tends to become more insidious as it continues over time and may be better equated to violence rather than harassment. Accordingly, Erling Roland states…

Empowering Teens to Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral

This talk will teach participants to: Apply evolving best practices in bullying prevention to their own schools and communities Understand how to connect with teens on these issues, so they reduce their own vulnerability Learn how to motivate and inspire youth to combat bullying through kindness initiatives Understand how anonymous reporting systems, peer mentoring, social…

Cyberbullying: Actionable Strategies for Administrators

This talk will teach participants to: Understand the responsibilities of schools which use technology to meet educational needs Consider multiple lower, appellate, and Supreme Court cases which provide precedent and guidance when and how to intervene Determine how policy should be structured, and whether to move towards a prohibitive or permission atmosphere regarding devices Apply…

“Bullying and Cyberbullying: How Schools Can Help Parents Do Their Part”

This talk will teach participants to: Help educators form an alliance and symbiotic relationship with parents, where both realize they are on the same side, and where they work together Clarify how educators must convey their policies and programming to families strategically, so their role and protocol is known Offer conversation pointers to navigate challenging…

Digital Reputation: What Your Students Need to Know and Do

This talk will teach participants to: Understand youth brain development and how it affects online decisions Identify popular online environments among adolescents today Understand online social networking as a phenomenon, both psychologically and as it plays out among youth Obtain a baseline for what the research says about digital reputation mistakes Identify how adolescents are…

Sexting, Digital Dating Abuse, and Other Online Relationship Issues

This talk will teach participants to: Learn what the research currently says about the prevalence, motivations, and implications of sexting Understand how and why this occurs in obvious and not-so-obvious ways via smartphones and various social media apps Explore the reality of Snapchat hacks, the iCloud celebrity photo hack, and how to prevent such victimization…

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RECENT TALKS



VITAE

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

WORKED WITH

FEATURED ON

CONTACT

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