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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 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. Beginning in 2018, Dr. Hinduja will serve as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Bullying Prevention, a new peer-reviewed journal from Springer.



Friday February 23, 2018 | Sharpsburg's anti-bullying law modeled after Brentwood version
A state law passed in 2015 also makes cyberbullying a third-degree misdemeanor. But Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., a Florida-based researcher, author, and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, said kids aren't deterred by outlawing specific behaviors. (read more...)
Tuesday October 31, 2017 | A new trend of anonymously posting mean things about themselves online is on the rise among teens: Study
and I was stunned to discover that about one in 20 middle- and high- school-age students have bullied themselves online," said Hinduja. Researchers used sample of 5,593 middle and high school students between the ages of 12 and 17 years old living in the ... (read more...)
Tuesday September 16, 2014 | Seminole schools offer cyberbullying talk
"The majority of those being bullied online have been bullied offline," said Sameer ... questions on Hinduja's web site, http://www.cyberbullying.us, which also has other resources on the topic. Hinduja, who has been visiting Seminole schools to talk ... (read more...)
Wednesday November 08, 2017 | Cyberbullying's chilling trend: Teens anonymously target themselves online, study finds
About 6% of kids from the ages of 12 through 17 have bullied themselves digitally, according to research conducted by Sameer Hinduja, a professor of criminology at Florida Atlantic University and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. (read more...)
Tuesday January 23, 2018 | Two Florida preteens busted for cyberbullying after student hangs herself
Nationally, about one-in-three children say they are cyberbullied, and about 12% 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 (read more...)


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…

A Teen’s Perspective on Social Media

Each year, we like to share a teen’s perspective regarding their social media use so that youth-serving adults can be “in the know” as to what adolescents are up to these days. I hope it updates you and provides an instructive viewpoint on the way in which teens approach technology use, friendships, online hate –…

Positive Post-It Day

In case you haven’t heard, Positive Post-It Day is a worldwide phenomenon – and it all began with a Canadian teenager in the fall of 2014 who wanted to flip the script on bullying. Alberta student Caitlin Haacke was bullied at school and threatened on Facebook with suggestions to take her own life. Instead of…

The Social Bond: A Practical Way for Schools to Reduce Bullying

If you work in the youth safety space, you know that certain initiatives (such as resilience building) have focused on targets of bullying and cyberbullying. Other programming has concentrated attention on aggressors – to the kids who harass, humiliate, and threaten other youth offline and online. Here, restorative practices and social emotional learning (anger management,…

My Fulbright Award for Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention

This past summer, I served as a Fulbright Specialist at the Anti-Bullying Centre (ABC) at Dublin City University (DCU) in Dublin, Ireland. It was an amazing experience. I just wanted to take a few minutes to share what it involved, who I spent time with, and how it made an impact – not just short-term,…


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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. (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


  • 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 11,300 times as of December 2017

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



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!


Spending time with God, family, and friends

Investing in others


Rock climbing


Exploring and adventuring

Missions trips

Acoustic guitar

Writing songs and poems


Ultimate frisbee

St. Louis Cardinals

Kansas City Chiefs

St. Louis Blues

San Antonio Spurs

Clean water in India


  • 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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