cyberbullying speaker

Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D.

Professor. Speaker. Researcher. Author.


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 provides training to schools, youth organizations, parents, and kids on on the best practices of identification, prevention, and response. 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.



teens and technology, internet safety, bullying and cyberbullying, social media, cybercrime, information and corporate security, evaluation research, criminological theory, survey methodology (both traditional and online)


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.


Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (in progress).  Deterring Teen Bullying: Assessing the Impact of Perceived Punishment from Police, Schools, and Parents. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. 

Hinduja, S.  & Patchin, J. W. (in progress). The Empirical Status of Cyberbullying Research: A Comparative Analysis. Deviant Behavior.

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

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

Patchin, J.W., Schafer, J. A., & Hinduja, S. (2013). Cyberbullying and Sexting: Law Enforcement Perceptions. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. - Reprinted in RCMP Gazette Magazine, 75(3).

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

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

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. - Reprinted in Lanier, M. & Seigfried-Spellar, K. (2014). Essential Readings in Cybercrime Theory and Policy. San Diego, CA: Cognella.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2010). Changes in Adolescent Online Social Networking Behaviors from 2006 to 2009. Computers and Human Behavior, 26, 1818-1821

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

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.

Hinduja, S. & Schafer, J. (2010). Cybercrime units on the world wide web. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, (2), 278-296. - Reprinted in Clark, J. W. (2011). American justice. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.


Cyberbullying and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This presentation is designed for school administrators, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other professionals who desire a comprehensive understanding of (and action plan to deal with) cyberbullying among youth with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These students arguably are among those most vulnerable to this growing problem, and have been characterized as the “perfect victim.”…

Coaches, Student Athletes, and the Misuse of Social Media

With each new year, coaches are increasingly dealing with the challenges of social media. This can include inappropriate, unethical, and even illegal student-athlete conduct directly or indirectly related to their online communications. Recently, some schools are even mandating that informal or formal monitoring of students takes place by coaches, but not providing clear guidance on…

Student Athletes and Social Media

Student athletes are no different than other teens and young adults in their social media use participation. However, they may arguably be held to a higher standard given their visibility and how reputationally and fiscally important sports and athletics are to most schools and universities. While most student athletes are doing the right things online…

How Social Media Helps Teens Cope With Anxiety, Depression, and Self-Harm

It is easy for many adults – whether educators or parents – to focus on the negatives of social media in the lives of teens today. This is understandable, because they are the ones who have to deal with the fallout when adolescents make mistakes online (cyberbullying incidents, sexting cases, electronic dating violence, digital reputation…

Helping Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder when Bullied or Cyberbullied

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects social communication and often is marked by restricted interests, repetitive behaviors, and focus and sensory issues. ASD is diagnosed along a continuum from Level 1 (which can be equated to traditional conceptions of Asperger’s Syndrome – a term largely outdated), to Level 2 (where the…

A Teen’s Thoughts on Social Media

I get a chance to meet and hang out with a lot of youth as I help schools educate their faculty, staff, and students about promoting positive teen technology use. With some, I’ve developed a friendship and have met their parent(s), and it has provided me a sounding board off which I can bounce ideas,…


  • 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


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

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

Publications have been cited over 6,600 times as of September 2016

Keynoting Auburn University's 2016 Anti-Bullying Summit

Keynoting the International Bullying Prevention Association's 2016 annual conference

Keynoting the 2017 World Anti-Bullying Forum

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

Works with numerous NGOs, GOs, and corporations

Spoke at TEDx in 2015 (Comparing Ourselves to Others)

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

Spoke at TEDx in 2013 (Single-Minded Focus)

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

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

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


  • 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
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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, write about it 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?”
  • "How can we keep our kids safe?"
  • "What solutions are evolving around the nation and world?”
  • "How can we promote kindness and digital citizenship while promoting a positive climate?"
  • "How can we transform our schools, organizations, and communities?"

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 ever want to hear my thoughts about this, or share with me yours, I would love to talk it out - reach out anytime!


Spending time with God, family, and friends


Rock climbing


Exploring and adventuring

Missions trips

Playing acoustic guitar

Writing songs and poems


Ultimate frisbee

St. Louis Cardinals

Kansas City Chiefs

San Antonio Spurs

Clean water in India






climbing up (summer) or sliding down (winter) a mountain

exploring, adventuring, and doing missions work

eating sushi

creative writing

playing guitar


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