Facebook Debuts New Anti-Bullying Features

Here & Now, NPR- Child psychologist Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, is working with Facebook to develop what he says is the first emotionally-intelligent bullying prevention system on a social network.

Brackett says that if young teenagers — 13 and 14-year-olds — encounter posts they think are a problem, they will see icons designed specially for them that say “this post is a problem,” and they will be guided through screens that help them sort through their emotions and how best to respond.

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“What we wanted to do was help kids pause a little bit. Do some problem solving so they can make the best decision possible.”

—Marc Brackett