Justin W. Patchin
Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D.

teacher | learner | writer | photographer | thinker | runner | seeker

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my site. I am a professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I earned a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Michigan State University in 2004. Since 2002, my research has explored the intersection of teens and technology, with particular focus on cyberbullying, social networking, and sexting. I frequently travel around the United States (and abroad) training educators, counselors, law enforcement officers, parents, and youth on how to prevent the misuse of technology. 

I also co-founded and co-direct the Cyberbullying Research Center with my good friend Sameer Hinduja. I've written nine books (eight with Sameer) and numerous academic and professional articles on adolescent behaviors online. My first book with Sameer: “Bullying beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying” was named Education Book of the Year in 2009 by ForeWord Reviews. The third edition of this book which came out in 2023. Our book: “Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral” was written to help teens navigate challenging online problems in a positive way. You can see all of my books here. I've been lucky to have been invited to speak at some pretty cool places, including the White House and the FBI Academy. I've also appeared on CNN, NPR, and in the New York Times to discuss the issues associated with teens use and misuse of technology.

In my spare time (what spare time!), I enjoy being in the outdoors with my family and two German shorthaired pointers: Lucy and Hazel.

Justin Patchin

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Recent blog posts (http://cyberbullying.org/blog/):
May 13, 2024 - Digital Self-Harm: The Growing Problem You’ve Never Heard Of
January 17, 2024 - When Your Mother is Your Cyberbully
October 4, 2023 - Cyberbullying Continues to Rise among Youth in the United States
August 8, 2023 - Takeaways from the Surgeon General’s Advisory on Social Media
March 8, 2023 - Take it Down: A New Tool to Combat the Unauthorized Sharing of Explicit Images of Minors
December 5, 2022 - School Administrators Charged with Child Exploitation After Investigating Sexting
October 14, 2022 - Cyberbullying Among Asian American Youth Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic
September 7, 2022 - Model Sexting Law
August 18, 2022 - The Status of Sexting Laws Across the United States
August 2, 2022 - Digital Self-Harm and Suicidality among Middle and High School Students
April 13, 2022 - Michigan Teen Latest Casualty of Sextortion
February 28, 2022 - Vicarious Supervision: Preventing Problematic Behaviors Online through Positive Parent-Child Relationships
September 29, 2021 - Bullying During the COVID-19 Pandemic
August 18, 2021 - My Son’s First Phone
June 23, 2021 - Can Schools Discipline for Off-Campus Speech? The U.S. Supreme Court Weighs In
May 6, 2021 - Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L: When Can a School Discipline a Student for Online Speech?
February 24, 2021 - Snapchat Speech Could be Out-of-Bounds for School Discipline
January 13, 2021 - Inoculate Against Bullying by Chatting with your Children
October 14, 2020 - Tween Social Media and Gaming in 2020
October 7, 2020 - Tween Cyberbullying in the United States
September 17, 2020 - Bullying and Cyberbullying: The Connection to Delinquency
June 20, 2020 - Defund the Police? Implications for Cyberbullying Prevention
May 14, 2020 - Pandetiquette: Countering Misinformation in the Information Age through Media Literacy
May 12, 2020 - Pandetiquette: Keeping the “Social” in Social Media During Times of Profound Polarization
April 6, 2020 - Helping Families Manage Increased Screen Time During a Global Pandemic
January 31, 2020 - What Should Your School’s Bullying Policy Look Like?
November 19, 2019 - Sextortion: More Insight Into the Experiences of Youth
October 2, 2019 - RESTRICTing Bullying on Instagram
August 15, 2019 - Winning at Whack-A-Mole: What Old School Games Can Teach Us About New Digital Challenges
July 17, 2019 - Youth Sexting in the US: New Paper in Archives of Sexual Behavior
June 28, 2019 - Banning Cell Phones at School: Two Decades of Debate
May 29, 2019 - School Bullying Rates Increase by 35% from 2016 to 2019
March 1, 2019 - The Challenge of Understanding the Momo Challenge
January 7, 2019 - Cyberbullying Victimization Rates by Race, Sex, and Age
November 12, 2018 - The Skinny on Screen Time
October 3, 2018 - Sextortion Among Adolescents
September 20, 2018 - Are “Gamers” More Likely to be “Bullies”?
June 5, 2018 - Empower and Educate, Don’t Just Create Panic
May 15, 2018 - Student Experiences with Reporting Cyberbullying
January 30, 2018 - Messenger Kids Isn’t the Problem, But Perhaps Part of the Solution
January 8, 2018 - Most Teenagers Aren’t Asking for Nude Photos
December 2, 2017 - Teens Talk: What Works to Stop Cyberbullying
October 3, 2017 - Digital Self-Harm: The Hidden Side of Adolescent Online Aggression
September 15, 2017 - Be Careful About Who You “Friend” Online: A Cautionary Tale
August 3, 2017 - The Skinny on Sarahah
June 2, 2017 - More on the Link between Bullying and Suicide
May 16, 2017 - Blue Whale Challenge
April 25, 2017 - What to do About Teen Sexting
February 24, 2017 - New Teen Sexting Data
January 13, 2017 - New Bullying Data—and Definition—from the National Crime Victimization Survey
January 3, 2017 - Millions of Students Skip School Each Year Because of Bullying
October 10, 2016 - New National Bullying and Cyberbullying Data
August 30, 2016 - The “Trump Effect” on Adolescent Bullying Behaviors at School
July 27, 2016 - Ignore, Unfollow, or Unfriend? Managing Facebook Connections in Conflicted Times
June 15, 2016 - Review of “UnSelfie”
June 2, 2016 - Bald Eagle Bullying: Power Differential and Vulnerability in the Animal World
January 28, 2016 - More Insight about the School’s Ability to Respond to Off-campus Threatening Speech