Perils of Mob Shaming: Clementi’s Speak Out

Jane and James sit down with MetroFocus' Jack Ford and share their story

This week PBS Thirteen aired its latest episode of MetroFocus, “Mob Shaming and Its Deadly Consequences.” Jane and James Clementi sat down tpbs interviewo talk with Jack Ford about the experiences of their son and brother Tyler and the emotional toll of cyber-bullying. Check out the full interview here!

Mob shaming is not a new phenomena. It’s formal definition is “a large group or crowd of people who are angry or difficult to control.” We have seen this side of humanity expressed throughout history, from ancient societies to the present day. With the invention of the internet and social media, today’s mob lashes out in the form of online cruelty that is often anonymous and yet deeply personal for the target. Most of us cannot imagine what it would be like to be the victim of such online cruelty. For Tyler Clementi this was a reality.

We believe that the best way to change the culture of mob shaming and online harassment is to prevent bullying before it happens. Our Foundation’s programs are built on this goal of prevention. To create a culture of kindness and inclusion in your school, workplace or sports team today, check out our #Day1 Campaign! Being an Upstander starts with you.