Articles tagged with cyberbullying

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: Bullying, Center for Public Education, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, School Boards, School Climate, Student Achievement, Teachers|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: American School Board Journal, Educational Research, Governance, School Climate|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: American School Board Journal, Governance, School Climate|Tags: , , , |
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