What role does social media have in offline violence, and what can be done to stop it? COMPASS Youth Collaborative, along with Dr. Caitlin Elsaesser, a faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, recently published findings from an ongoing innovative research project on the effects of social media threats on youth. Social media dominates the lives of modern youth; threats are now being expressed via social media in a phenomenon referred to as “cyberbanging.” The research team conducted focus groups with 40 Hartford youth to explore this issue. Findings showed that social media conflicts often time lead to offline violence. “Youth voices have been underrepresented in youth violence prevention research,” notes Dr. Elsaesser. “Our findings with COMPASS position youth as key players in efforts to prevent violence resulting from social media conflict, and is at the cutting edge of understanding how youth violence can be prevented in today’s digital context. “The study was published in the April 2020 issue of the Journal of Community Psychology.