Pitt researcher Leanne Bowler is looking for new ways to stop cyberbullying, and she’s prepared to fight technology with technology.

Bowler and two of her colleagues from the University of California Irvine engaged high school and college students in a series of focus groups to understand how social media’s design might impact kids’ cruel behavior toward one another online.

Prevalent among the ideas students produced was the notion that on the Internet, everything happens really fast, and that implementing methods which would cause kids to stop and think could help the problem. These methods directly coincide with Bowler’s core research interest, meta-cognition — how people think about their own thinking.

Bowler’s research was recently awarded the Lee Dirks Best Paper at iConference, the annual scholarly convention on information sciences.

Read more about her research in the full piece on the Remake Learning blog.