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(p. 275) Bullying, Suicide, and the Media 

(p. 275) Bullying, Suicide, and the Media
(p. 275) Bullying, Suicide, and the Media

Whitney Bliss

, Samantha Pflum

, Laura Sciacca

, and Peter Goldblum

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date: 25 October 2020

The mass media plays an important role in the public discourse on bullying and suicide. Moreover, the advent of the Internet and social media has allowed positive and negative media effects to permeate multiple layers of a child’s socio-ecological system. This chapter begins with a review of guidelines for responsible reporting on bullying and suicide, which have been developed for the purpose of preventing misunderstanding about these subjects and minimizing suicide contagion. This chapter also introduces an ecological model of health-promotion communication. Using this ecological framework, several different suicide and bullying prevention programs are explored and assessed, based on criteria such as the type of media utilized, evidence basis, and program evaluation outcomes. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the limitations of studying media effects, as well as recommendations for parents, educators, journalists, and all consumers of media.

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