cyberbullying speaker

Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D.

Professor. Speaker. Researcher. Author.


Dr. Sameer Hinduja is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media use, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people. He has written seven books, and his interdisciplinary research is widely published and cited in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals. As a noted speaker and expert on teens and social media use, Dr. Hinduja also provides training to schools, youth organizations, parents, and kids on on the best practices of identification, prevention, and response. In addition, he is frequently asked to provide expert commentary by news organizations, and his work has been featured in venues that include CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, NPR's All Things Considered, the BBC, and The New York Times. He is currently serving as a Fulbright Specialist Scholar at Dublin City University.



teens and technology, cyberbullying, bullying, social media, teens and technology, cybercrime, information and corporate security, evaluation research, criminological theory, survey methodology (both traditional and online)


Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S.  (2016). Bullying Today: Bulletpoints and Best Practices. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (Corwin Press). ISBN: 978-1-5063-3597-1.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2015). Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (Corwin Press). 2nd Edition. ISBN: 1483349934.

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2014). Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing. ISBN: 978-1575424514.

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2014). A Leader’s Guide to Words Wound. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2012). School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting One Classroom at a Time. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (Corwin Press). ISBN: 1412997836.

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2012). Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives. New York: Routledge. ISBN: 0415892376.

Hinduja, S. (2006). Music Piracy and Crime Theory. New York: LFB Scholarly, Inc. ISBN: 1593321244.


Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (in progress). Cultivating Youth Resilience to Prevent Bullying and Cyberbullying Victimization.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (in progress). Re-examining Suicide, Bullying, and Cyberbullying among US Youth.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (in progress). Parenting Styles, Bullying, and Cyberbullying: How Social Context at Home Affects Offending and Victimization.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (in progress). The Differentiating Effect of Prosocial Tendencies in Youth on Bullying and Cyberbullying.

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (in print).  Deterring Teen Bullying: Assessing the Impact of Perceived Punishment from Police, Schools, and Parents. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. 

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2015). Defining Cyberbullying: Implications for Research. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 23, 69-74

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2013). Cyberbullying among Adolescents: Implications for Empirical Research. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53(4), 431-432.

Patchin, J.W., Schafer, J. A., & Hinduja, S. (2013). Cyberbullying and Sexting: Law Enforcement Perceptions. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. - Reprinted in RCMP Gazette Magazine, 75(3).

Sabella, R. A., Patchin, J. W., & Hinduja, S. (2013). Cyberbullying myths and realities. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(6), 2703-2711.

Hinduja, S. & Kooi, B. (2013). Curtailing Cyber and Information Security Vulnerabilities through Situational Crime Prevention. Security Journal, 26(4):383-402.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2013). Social Influences on Cyberbullying Behaviors Among Middle and High School Students. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42 (5), 711-722. - Reprinted in Lanier, M. & Seigfried-Spellar, K. (2014). Essential Readings in Cybercrime Theory and Policy. San Diego, CA: Cognella.

Hinduja, S. (2012). The Heterogeneous Engineering of Music Piracy. Policy & Internet, 4 (3), 229-248.

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2012). School-based Efforts to Prevent Cyberbullying. Prevention Researcher, 19 (3), 7-9.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2012). Cyberbullying: Neither an Epidemic Nor a Rarity. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 9 (5), 539-543.

Hinduja, S. (2012). General Strain, Self-Control, and Music Piracy. International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 6 (1), 951-967

Hinduja, S. & Higgins, G. E. (2011). Trends and patterns among music pirates. Deviant Behavior, 32, 1-26.

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2011). Traditional and nontraditional bullying among youth: A test of general strain theory. Youth and Society, 43 (2) 727-751.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2011). Cyberbullying: A review of the legal issues facing educators. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 55(2), 71-78.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2011). High-tech cruelty. Educational Leadership, 68(5), 48-52.

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2011). Cyberbullying and Self-Esteem. Journal of School Health, 80 (12), 614-621.

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2010). Changes in Adolescent Online Social Networking Behaviors from 2006 to 2009. Computers and Human Behavior, 26, 1818-1821

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2010). Bullying, cyberbullying, and suicide. Archives of Suicide Research, 14 (3), 206-221.

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2010). Trends in online social networking: Adolescent use of MySpace over time. New Media and Society. 12(2) 197-216.

Hinduja, S. & Schafer, J. (2010). Cybercrime units on the world wide web. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, (2), 278-296. - Reprinted in Clark, J. W. (2011). American justice. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.


Reflections on the 2017 World Anti-Bullying Forum

The inaugural World Anti-Bullying Forum was held in Sweden this week (where the cherry blossoms were blooming!), and I had the honor of representing the Cyberbullying Research Center and the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) in attending. I am doing some work at Dublin City University for the first half of this summer, and so…

How Parents Can Build Resilience With Activities, Movies, and Books

We have talked a lot about resilience over the last year, and have shared some practical ways to cultivate that ability. Today, I want to provide some additional tangible strategies to help you further. I have previously discussed that it is critical for kids to be placed intentionally in situations where they can discover their…

The ABC Model to Build Resilience Against Cyberbullying

Resilience online is built in the same way as resilience offline. We must provide opportunities for youth to face social and relational problems head on, and to recognize their own strength, agency, and power to overcome them – do so within an environment of supportive resources (so they know you and I have their back!).…

Facebook’s Global Safety Network Summit: Online Well-Being

A couple weeks ago, I attended Facebook’s annual Global Safety Network Summit in Washington, DC, to hang out with colleagues and long-time friends, and to make some new connections as well. Facebook first discussed the new safety initiatives they are implementing such as their outstanding new suicide prevention tools in Live and Messenger (check them…

The Priority for Cyberbullying Prevention in 2017 and Beyond

With First Lady-Elect Melania Trump mentioning cyberbullying would be the major social issue she would like to prioritize and tackle during her husband’s U.S. presidential administration, everyone in my line of work has been buzzing about what that could possibly mean. These last eight years have brought good progress with anti-bullying and anti-cyberbullying efforts by…

Cultivating Resilience To Prevent Bullying and Cyberbullying

We’ve all heard the “sticks and stones” adage while growing up, and the reality is that words – whether expressed online or in person – can hurt.  Sometimes very deeply.  But do they always?  And do they have to?  That is, do I have any say in the matter or am I completely at the…


  • Florida Atlantic University
    Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2013 to present
    Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2009 to 2013
    Undergraduate Coordinator, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2010 to 2012
    Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2004 to 2009
  • Cyberbullying Research Center
    Co-Director, 2008 to present
  • Center for Cryptology and Information Security
    Faculty Member


Presents to tens of thousands of educators, parents, and youth each year on bullying, cyberbullying, sexting, and safe social networking

Published 7 books, 10 peer-reviewed book chapters, and 41 academic journal articles

Publications have been cited over 8,300 times as of May 2017

2017 Fulbright Specialist Award Winner (one of five worldwide)

Keynoting the 2017 World Anti-Bullying Forum

Keynoting Auburn University's 2016 Anti-Bullying Summit

Keynoted the International Bullying Prevention Association's 2016 annual conference

Spoke at "School Safety and Violence" Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill in February, 2015

Co-authored a white paper on cyberbullying for the White House

Appointed Board Member of the International Bullying Prevention Association

Appointed Board Member of Hack Harassment

Appointed Board Member of BeStrong

Spoke at TEDx in 2015 (Comparing Ourselves to Others)

Spoke at TEDx in 2014 (The Lost Art of Listening)

Michigan State University's Distinguished Young Alumni Award, 2014

Listen Learn Care Award from the Office Depot Foundation, 2014

Children's Wireless Safety Achievement Award from the Wireless Foundation, 2014

Spoke at TEDx in 2013 (Single-Minded Focus)

Auburn University's Global Anti-Bullying Hero Award, 2015

Michigan State University's Commencement Speaker, 2013

Michigan State University's School of Criminal Justice Wall of Fame inductee, 2012

FAU's Teacher of the Year Award, 2011

FAU's Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award, 2015

FAU's Researcher of the Year Award, 2015, 2010

FAU's Freshman Convocation Speaker, 2010


  • Speaking

    Skilled at connecting with kids, teens, parents, educators, and other professionals on their level regardless of their age and background
  • Teaching

    Passionate about encouraging, empowering, and equipping others about what they need to know
  • Writing

    Blogs regularly while also writing books and journal articles about research interests
  • Listening

    Takes the time to learn and understand problems before offering meaningful suggestions and solutions
  • Practical ideas

    Prides himself on useful, actionable strategies instead of pie-in-the-sky theoretical ideas
  • Details

    Pays attention to the small stuff, and pursues excellence and thoroughness in every area
  • Getting Back to You

    Provides timely responses when working together
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Professionally, I spend my time researching, identifying, and sharing best practices for helping kids, teens, and young adults use social media and the Internet in positive, healthy, and productive ways. Promoting digital citizenship involves lots of formal and informal interaction with students (of all ages!), parents, educators, counselors, mental health professionals, and law enforcement. And that is my favorite part - I get to hear their stories, I can relate to what they are facing, and I feel compelled to make a difference. At the Cyberbullying Research Center, my colleague Justin W. Patchin and I collect data, analyze it, write about it in articles, books, blogs, and downloadable resources, and get out in the field to answer the primary questions of those on the front lines:

  • "What are the latest technology trends and disruptive social media apps?”
  • "How can we cultivate peer relationships marked by acceptance and respect?"
  • "How can adults and youth work together to create safe learning spaces?"
  • "What prevention and response strategies are evolving worldwide?”
  • "How can we promote kindness and digital citizenship while promoting a positive climate?"
  • "How can we transform our schools, organizations, and communities?"

I am passionate about my work, and I can honestly say that I love what I do.

Personally, I simply like to live my life in a way that keeps me joyful and young at heart, and helps me to continually see the world and the people in it with awe, wonder, reverence, and thankfulness. As I get older, I have to be so intentional to guard against cynicism, busyness, pettiness, pride, apathy, and ingratitude. Life is rough and entropy is real, and if I don't actively fight against that tide, everything becomes a chore. And I don't want that. I am pretty sure you don't either. I love reflecting on and chatting about the human condition, and the desires and battles common to us all. If you ever want to hear my thoughts about this, or share with me yours, I would love to talk it out - reach out anytime!


Spending time with God, family, and friends

Investing in others


Rock climbing


Exploring and adventuring

Missions trips

Acoustic guitar

Writing songs and poems


Ultimate frisbee

St. Louis Cardinals

Kansas City Chiefs

St. Louis Blues

San Antonio Spurs

Clean water in India






climbing up (summer) or sliding down (winter) a mountain

exploring, adventuring, and doing missions work

eating sushi

creative writing

playing guitar


Sameer Hinduja

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