Posted: July 25, 2016
Thousands of young people are targets of bullying and cyberbullying every day, putting many at risk for outcomes such as depression or school absenteeism. Working with kids to create ways to address these issues is an important responsibility for adults. For example, adults can help those who are targets of bullying explore ways to respond assertively, and they can help those who carry out hurtful behaviors get support for addressing what’s underneath their actions. Adults can also assist young people in identifying strategies to use as bystanders who witness these behaviors.
Often when we think about the role of bystanders, ... Continue ReadingPosted in Cyberbullying
Posted: July 5, 2016
In a small town like Bayfield, Colorado, no one thinks anything bad happens; especially not bullying. People think, “How can bullying be a problem here?” It is a problem – a big one. Bullying happens everywhere – whether in a small town or big city. I started a bullying prevention project because I wanted to raise awareness among my fellow students that bullying is a problem and help them understand the huge impact that bullying can have on their peers. I wanted people to realize how damaging bullying is.
I wasn’t physically bullied. I was harassed and taunted because of ... Continue ReadingPosted in Profiles/Voices from the Field
Posted: June 29, 2016
By the time Landon – a high school student in Massachusetts – entered his freshman year, he had already been in and out of the hospital for multiple suicide attempts. He had been pulled out of school because he wasn’t able to get through the day, and he needed medication to sleep.
Today, Landon is back in school – a vocational school he transferred to as a sophomore, after coming out to friends and family as a transgender boy – and things have gotten a little easier for him. Landon’s new school is committed to treating every student with dignity ... Continue Reading
Posted: June 27, 2016
Bullying has long been viewed as a rite of passage for young people today. But bullying is not a normal part of adolescence and is now appropriately considered to be a serious public health problem with long-term consequences. According to national surveys, the prevalence of bullying in schools ranges from 18-31 percent of school children. In recent years technology has allowed for an additional type of aggression—cyberbullying—which takes place through social media, instant messaging, and other forms of digital communication, with data showing that the prevalence of cyber victimization ranges from 7-15 percent of youth.
Recognizing these public health ... Continue ReadingPosted in Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention
Posted: May 25, 2016
Social media, when done right, holds great promise for public health practitioners. As the adoption of Facebook, Twitter, and other online engagement tools become more common among leaders of the field, so too will the insights and sharing of best practices.
With more than one in five youth between the ages of 12 and 18 years old targeted at school, bullying is a widespread problem. In a new journal article, the team at StopBullying.gov takes a close look at online conversations about bullying and uncovers new strategies for promoting public health messages about bullying.Posted in Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention