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Articles tagged with cyberbullying showcased at ED’s Bullying Prevention Summit

New resources to combat bullying at school and online were showcased during the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) fourth Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit—“Keeping Kids Safe: Opportunities and Challenges in Bullying Prevention”—Friday, Aug. 15. a project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ED, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), features a growing number of resources to combat bullying including videos, a blog, and a list of existing state anti-bullying policies and laws.

SAMHSA premiered their new “KnowBullying” app which is available for iPhone® and Android™ smartphones. The free app, developed in collaboration with the federal partnership, was created to help parents, caretakers, educators, and others prevent bullying and build resilience in children.

Also at the summit, the CDC released a new, universal definition of bullying as “any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths who are not siblings or current dating partners that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. Bullying may inflict harm or distress on the targeted youth including physical, psychological, social, or educational harm. A young person can be a perpetrator, a victim, or both (also known as ‘bully/victim’).”

Staff|August 22nd, 2014|Categories: Announcements|Tags: , , |

Video: NSBA discusses school climate and bullying on Comcast Newsmakers

BoardBuzz recommends you check out Mary Broderick, President of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), recent appearance on Comcast Newsmakers.

Broderick discusses school climate, bullying, and cyberbullying, and promotes NSBA’s Students on Board: A Conversation Between School Board Members and Studentsproject to get school board members across the country to start talking with students about school climate.

Alexis Rice|August 18th, 2011|Categories: School Boards, Teachers, Bullying, Center for Public Education, School Climate, Student Achievement, NSBA Opinions and Analysis|Tags: , , , , , , , |

New study focuses on “who” of bullying, when the “how” also merits scrutiny

0060-0808-1213-2001MVP jocks who perform “swirlies” on nerds and take their lunch money, cheerleaders tutored by smart girls whom they deny public acknowledgement of existence— typical bullies, right?

Turns out high school isn’t as Freaks and Geeks-esque as we thought.

A new study that surveys 3,700 8th, 9th and 10th-graders spanning three counties of North Carolina, reports that aggressiveness peaked at students ranking in the 98th percentile of popularity on the social chain.

The study, published in February’s American Sociological Review, says aggressiveness is a tool used to “get ahead” in social hierarchies, and best serves those sitting right below the most popular 2 percent mark.

Traditional bullying views have been obsolete for years.  In order to effectively prevent bullying and instate anti-bullying policies—such as the anti-bullying guidelines that focus on LGBT students by the CDC— schools need to be aware of the latest trends.

This study of who the bullies are seem rather irrelevant in the era of cyberbullying.  Since anonymity and the ability to target a “faceless” victim can be granted through mediums such as e-mail, text messaging, blogs etc., the identity of the perpetrator has become less and less predictable.

States that attempt to take preventative legal measures, such as the recent bill passed by the North Dakota Senate, and the schools within them must keep an eye out for the overwhelming presence of digital bullying.

Naomi Dillon|February 9th, 2011|Categories: Governance, Educational Research, School Climate, American School Board Journal|Tags: , , |

Student bullying remains a pervasive problem, whether in school or online

0060-0808-1213-2001News stories about teen suicide are always the toughest to read—there’s always an overwhelming sense that something or someone could have prevented such a tragedy. Last week, two particularly troubling cases made national headlines.

You probably heard about the first—a high school freshman in Massachusetts committed suicide in January after being bullied relentlessly after what news reports say was a brief relationship with a boy at her school. According to those reports, numerous students are now charged with crimes ranging from civil rights violations and stalking to statutory rape, and the community is questioning what school officials knew and when, and why they didn’t stop the harassment.

Then there was another incident in New York, where afterward anonymous persons posted derogatory comments on a social networking site about a teen who had committed suicide.

In these types of cases, parents and community members want answers from the school officials.

Naomi Dillon|April 5th, 2010|Categories: Governance, School Climate, American School Board Journal|Tags: , , , |
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