The following presentation by After School Co-Founder & CEO Michael Callahan, was given at the Social Media Safety in Schools (SMSS) 2018 Conference, hosted by After School.
Michael Callahan, CEO and Co-Founder of After School, is passionate about making a measurable positive impact on the world by enabling communication through technology. At SMSS 2018, Callahan spoke to participants about some of the progress being made on the issue of bullying, and shared a story about suicide and how it has impacted his life and work. Read our full recap of the 2018 Social Media Safety in Schools Conference here.
- “Technology continues to get better. It gives us more opportunities.”
- “When he (Callahan’s father) talked about getting bullied, what he meant was actual physical harm…I told my dad, ‘People don’t bully people anymore,’ and what I meant was like that.”
- “Societally, what we do is stigmatize people who are different, in any way shape or form. This happened to me, but I was self-imposed different. Some people don’t have that option–their naturally born different.”
- “We’ve moved in the direction from overt physical harm, to verbal, less physical harm. Now we’re in an era of more digital harm. Although it still sucks, we have to acknowledge the progress that has been made.”
- “The problems won’t go away, but they will change form, hopefully for the better.”
- “It’s tough to be a kid. You may have experienced it yourself or you work with people today who it’s obvious that that’s what’s going on.”
- “As time progresses and things moves into a digital space, it gives us more opportunities.”
- “When you experience kids that do show some suicidal tendencies, just acknowledge
- 1. They need more attention, and
- 2. They want something to change in their life.”
For more from the 2018 Social Media Safety in Schools Conference, watch and read about Jonathan Frecceri’s presentation on what schools are doing to address teen suicide.