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    Celebrate 3 Years of A THIN LINE + Win Free Gear!

    It’s time for a celebration! Today, A THIN LINE turns three years old. A THIN LINE is a campaign that helps you deal with digital abuse in your lives, schools, and communities. Since 2009, you’ve drawn your line against digital abuse, told us what you think is over the line when it comes to cyberbullying and sexting, and stood up for your rights with the Digital Rights Project.  In these three years, over one and a half million of you have taken action to help end digital abuse, and are continuing to do so every day.

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    Teens Talk Living Life Online for Digital Citizenship Day

    Last month, MTV’s own Sway Calloway moderated a town hall with Common Sense Media as part of their New York Digital Citizenship Day. Sway spoke with a group of young people about how they live life online and the trials and tribulations that they face, as well as the things they just can’t live without. Social media was a major part of the conversation, with one teen saying that “I don’t really know anyone whose life and work ethic would be improved if they eliminated Facebook, but it is my means of communication, it’s how I talk to people.”

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    Not in Our Town, Not in Our School

    Ever since we were little, we have listened to lessons about kindness and respect.  Treat people the way you wish to be treated.  The Golden Rule.  I have always thought that the “Golden Rule” got its nickname because chemical gold is an inert metal; in a sense, it never rusts and never fades.  The Golden Rule is unyielding and timeless; a universal truth.

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    What We Can Learn From Gabby Douglas’ Bullying Experiences

    It’s been just a couple of months since Gabrielle Douglas captured the gold medal in the 2012 London Summer Olympics, becoming the first African-American to win gold in solo gymnastics.  Since then she’s defied gravity at the VMAs, embodied the future of our nation at the Democratic National Convention and rocked interviews with Oprah and Michelle Obama.  One would never guess that such a poised and strong 16-year-old girl had experienced some pretty serious bullying.

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    Three Tips to Help End Digital Abuse

    Sometimes, it seems like the only stories coming out about cyberbullying are the ones that end in tragedy. Even though it can seem like the issue is insurmountable, young people across the country are standing up and refusing to stand by when they’re faced with sexting, cyberbullying, and other forms of digital abuse. 

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    National Bullying Prevention Month Begins Now

    Pop quiz: what important cause does October mark? If you guessed the fight against bullying, you’re right. Just one month after school starts up again, National Bullying Prevention Month serves as a reminder to take the time to be considerate and kind to your classmates and friends. This year, how will you take a stand as part of National Bullying Prevention Month? Check out our ideas below! And once you’re done, join tens of thousands of young people worldwide who have taken a stand against bullying by posting your action to Draw Your Line.

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    A Platform for Good Launches!

    Digital drama’s no joke. It impacts over half of young people ages 14-24, and can cause real pain. You don’t need to sit idly by while you or your friends experience digital abuse, though – there are a number of tools and strategies you can use to make sure that digital drama doesn’t take over your life. This week, the Family Online Safety Institute launched A Platform for Good, a website that provides resources for teens like you, as well as your parents and teachers.

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    Meet Austin Laufersweiler, 21-Year-Old Born This Way Foundation Youth Board Member

    Austin Laufersweiler is a 21-year-old student starting his third year at the University of Georgia, majoring in Political Science and Communication Studies. He is deeply involved with multiple organizations on campus, and is on the Youth Advisory Board for the Born This Way Foundation.  Here are 5 things Austin shared with us about his recent trip [...] READ MORE

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    3 New Anti-Bullying Tools to Dissolve the Wall Between the Bullied and Bystanders

    If you are one of the millions of American teens that are bullied every year, it can sometimes feel like you’re never safe.  Bullying happens at school, at home, on the street and even online, leaving you feeling hopelessly trapped in what feels like a never-ending onslaught of abuse.  Just as tragic as the acts themselves, those experiencing bullying are often forced to suffer in silence, fearing retribution from bullies or, worse yet, flat out dismissal from adults they trust if they report the abuse.

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    California Students (And Ellen DeGeneres' Mom) Come Together For Seth's Law

    A HUGE congrats is in order for a group of Orange County students, as well as Betty DeGeneres! (Yup, Ellen's mom!) These smart young students have sparked a very inspiring movement in California by pushing for implementation of anti-bullying policies. We are excited to see that as of July 1, schools all across California will [...] READ MORE

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    Lady Gaga Launches Social Network Promoting Art, Acceptance & Monsterhood

    Listen up Little Monsters, Lady Gaga has officially launched her long awaited social network, titled none other than Little Monsters! Paws up and log on! *Turns up my Gaga tunes* Little Monsters, which had previously been in a beta phase, is place for dedicated for fans to come to express themselves and build a community full [...] READ MORE



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    [Q&A] Dealing With Mean Girls

    There are about 4 girls who really hate me and they send me texts messages saying im a c***, b*****, etc. and not just texts but they write mean things about me on facebook and any other site they can find me on. I don't write back on their messages often but it really is starting to hurt me bad. What do I do?

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    [Q&A] Are My Pics Still Out There?

    About 6 years ago I sent a guy I had been talking to nude photos over the internet.I look back and I can't believe I ever sent nude pictures of myself. I wish I never did. I have no idea whether or not those guys actually deleted my photos, sent them to people, or posted them on the internet. My question is, how would I know if my photos are still lingering around?

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