Sameer Hinduja is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on cyberbullying, sexting, and social media abuse, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people. He co-directs the Cyberbullying Research Center (cyberbullying.org) and serves as Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University (fau.edu). He has written seven books, and his interdisciplinary research is widely published and cited in a number of peer‐reviewed academic journals. Sameer seeks to intersect social science and computer science to arrive at innovative strategies and solutions to some of the major online issues plaguing society today, including cyberbullying, trolling, toxicity, sextortion, hate speech, threats, and digital self-harm.
Sameer 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 has consulted with corporations such as Facebook (including Instagram), Google (including YouTube), Intel, and organizations such as the United Nations, the White House, and the Anti‐Defamation League on how best to shape policy, programs, and other prevention and response initiatives. He also equips students, educators, parents, mental health staff, and other youth-serving professionals with the knowledge they need to promote the positive use of social media and tech. He does this by focusing on the critical components of moral development, empathy, resilience, and positive climates to foster civility, tolerance, compassion, and self‐reflection.
Sameer has received Auburn University's Global Anti‐Bullying Hero Award, won Florida Atlantic University's Researcher of the Year award, presented on cyberbullying at a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill, testified in front of the Attorney General and the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, and served as a Fulbright Specialist Scholar at Dublin City University. He is also the Co‐Founder and Co‐Editor‐in‐Chief of the International Journal of Bullying Prevention (https://www.springer.com/journal/42380), a peer‐reviewed journal from Springer. Sameer is committed to safeguarding and supporting the online experiences of youth so that they become responsible, self‐aware, and kind adults motivated and equipped to positively influence the lives around them. “We need to continue to set high behavioral expectations, believe in their potential, and create cultures, communities, and systems to inspire, equip, and fully support them along the way.”