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E-Responder Evaluation: Interruption Toolkit Results (2017)
Increasingly, real-world violence follows fights started online, as social media amplifies and accelerates conflict. Results from the Citizens Crime Commission's E-Responder pilot study with NYU and NYC Cure Violence demonstrates the effectiveness of our innovative digital intervention in preventing virtual and real-world violence between youth involved in gun violence.
» read the report



Social Media Impacts Behavior & Norms (2016)
On social media, a recognized set of norms have not caught up with the speed in which social media has been adopted into our lives, leading to ambiguity concerning what behavior is appropriate. This paper explores the unique features of social media and their impact on behavior and social norm creation. Understanding the unique landscape of social media will assist others in understanding why problematic behavior—such as cyberbullying, threats, prejudice, violence, and harassment—continue to be pervasive in this space and what steps stakeholders can take to change norms and create a positive online environment for expression, engagement, and connection.
» read the report



Social Media & Real-World Consequences (2015)
Social media has become a part of everyday life. All types of real-world behavior are now showcased online—including criminal behavior, bullying, threats and the glorification of violence. Increasingly, youth associated with antisocial peer groups—such as neighborhood-based "crews" engaging in violent rivalries—use social media as a tool to create criminal opportunities and amplify conflicts. Unfortunately, in many cases, this type of social media usage can lead to real-life violence or other serious ramifications, such as arrest. The Crime Commission's series, "Social Media & Real-World Consequences", provides an overview of the ways youth are communicating on social media, the associated risks of these communications turning into real-world violence, and the range of legal, educational and professional consequences youth may face in the real-world.
» read Volume 1: From Virtual to Violent
» read Volume 2: Responding to Social Media Norms



Social Media and Violence (2015)
The Crime Commission has developed a series of tools to help educate youth on responsible social media use. The social media packet includes flyers for youth, a lesson plan, a risk assessment of social media content, protecting your privacy, tips for staff involved in anti-violence programming, and how-to guides covering grief and empathy.

Download the entire packet:
» Social Media and Violence

Download individual resources:
» Cover Sheet and Instructions
» Flyer for Students
» Crime and Social Media Flyer
» Risk for Violence on Social Media
» Managing Your Social Media Activity for Work
» Privacy Tips
» Social Media Timeline - Manhattan Crew Indictment
» Social Media Timeline - Kierra'Onna Rice, Alabama Murder
» Lesson Plan
» News Examples
» Harmful Posts Exercise
» Harmful Posts Exercise Key
» Empathy How-to-Guide
» Grief How-to-Guide



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