Bullying is a big problem in the US. It happens in schools, at work, on the internet, at home and in the community. Studies indicated that approximately 30% of US students are bullies or victims.
As the focus of cognitive design is to address deeply felt but unmet psychological needs, bullying is definitely a relevant challenge. Not only to help victims cope and ultimately forgive but to help design interventions that have the best chance of preventing bullying in the first place.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and to help celebrate it Routledge has publish some free articles into the nature of the problem that are full of insights for cognitive designers.
I hope readers of the Cognitive Design blog will take up the challenge.