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  • Posted: November 13, 2014
    adults separate children fighting

    In the post below, Carolyn Duff, president of the National Association of School Nurses reflects upon the unique role school-located health professionals play in bullying prevention.

    A team of adults increase supervision in “hot spots” around the school, such as the school playground.

    Sue and Peggy work within miles of each other at W.B. Simpson Elementary School and Polytech High School, just outside of Dover, Delaware. As school nurses, they are leaders in school health and are charged with responding to the ever-evolving physical and mental health needs of students.  Today, much like their approximately 61,000 peers across the country, Sue and Peggy work with school teams promoting overall... Continue Reading

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    Tagged Educators
  • Posted: October 28, 2014
    Microphones at a press conference announcing media guidelines for bullying prevention.

    Did you know experts created media guidelines and recommendations to use when covering or reporting on the topic of bullying?  Do you know why these exist?  Do we really even need them?  These are questions that some people may answer yes to, but the reality is that there are many that don’t know why these guidelines exist - more importantly, the reasons why we need them.

    In less than 20 seconds, a simple search for “bullying” on Google and Yahoo will bring in nearly 1.5 billion and 12.5 million hits, respectively.  You will find links to stories, statistics, definitions, movies, quotes, types of bullying, and images.  You will also find many stories about bullying often linked to suicide.  It is evident that bullying has become a trending topic in the media and the general public.  The problem with this is that far too often what... Continue Reading

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  • Posted: August 6, 2014
    Teen panelists speak during IOM workshop.

    On April 9-10, 2014, practitioners, researchers, students, educators, and community members came together at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., to discuss research on bullying and interventions, laws and public policies to prevent and address it. Continue Reading

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  • Posted: October 23, 2013
    Why We Don’t Use the Word “Bully” to Label Kids

    “That kid is a bully.”

    We have all heard someone utter these words at one time or another, but is it fair to label a child?

    The labels bully, victim, and target are used often by media, researchers and others to refer to children who bully others and children who are bullied.  Yet, you won’t find these terms used in this way on StopBullying.gov. For... Continue Reading

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  • Posted: June 17, 2013
    Child attending public school

    In Howard County, Maryland, we knew we needed to tackle bullying and cyber-harassment, after a few serious incidents focused our attention and raised awareness of these problems in our community. We examined current laws and discussed whether to push for new state legislation. We looked at how our public schools collect reports of bullying and later, how they handle them.

    After much study and discussion, we decided on a multi-faceted approach that brings together a variety of community partners and offers a comprehensive way forward.  We announced our plan on May 1 and now, are looking forward to seeing the results.

    The plan involves three parts:

    First, we want to change what people think and feel about bullying. We will develop a social marketing campaign to make sure adults and children know about the severe effects of bullying and what to do when it occurs.... Continue Reading
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  • Posted: June 3, 2013
    An isolated teenager walks alone.

    Duke University professors recently published research that shows the degree to which bullying can affect someone’s mental health.

    Authors Copeland, Wolke, Angold, and Costello discovered that victims of childhood bullying have a higher risk of developing mental health problems later in life. The study followed more than 1,000 youth, starting at the ages of 9, 11, and 13. The youth were interviewed each year until they turned 16. Follow-up interviews were then conducted into adulthood.

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  • Posted: May 14, 2013
    Several men stand together.

    The issue of bullying is a growing concern in schools across the United States. A lot of research attention has been given to the overlap between bullying and other forms of youth violence, including gang related, as well as behavioral health risks, such as substance use. Bullying can be a big issue for schools since it not only creates a poor school environment for students but also impacts school staff. Continue Reading

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  • Posted: March 5, 2013
    A Pueblo City business displays a "No Bullying Zone" poster as part of a community involvement to stop bullying.

    After a survey found that students didn’t feel safe in their Pueblo, Colorado community, the Safe Haven for Pueblo Bullying Victims Project stepped in to make a difference.

    The Safe Schools/Healthy Students group got help from more than 700 students to design posters denouncing bullying. They then reached out to business owners to hang the posters in their windows, to show their community support for the project. The posters alert students that these businesses will provide a refuge for them if they are being bullied or feel unsafe. The business owners agreed to help youth arrange for someone to pick up any students who are being bullied and to let them wait there until a safe ride arrives. Continue Reading

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  • Posted: November 20, 2012
    Participants at the Grand Forks Defending Childhood Site learn more about bullying intervention strategies.

    Participants at the Grand Forks Defending Childhood Site learn more about bullying intervention strategies.

    In 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder launched the Defending Childhood initiative to address children’s exposure—as victims and as witnesses—to violence. He hopes to change our perceptions of violence and abuse, make the topic an issue on the national level, and address how abuse and violence affect children. He understands that violence can follow and wound children throughout their lives. We need to address abuse and Continue Reading

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  • Posted: October 5, 2012
    A teacher stands in a classroom

    Over the past three years, at our annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summits, we have heard the same call by educators-– teachers want to help stop bullying, but they don’t know how. Most try to help, but few receive training on how to do so. There are bullying prevention trainings available for teachers, but many are very expensive or not based on the best available research.

    That is why the Department of Education and its Safe and Supportive Technical Assistance Center, set out to create a free, state-of-the-art training for classroom teachers on bullying. The two-part training aims to help teachers know the best practices to stop bullying on the spot and how to stop it before... Continue Reading

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