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  • Posted: June 24, 2015
    Teen girl comforting friend

    Bullying is more than a problem of one child bullying another. The power imbalance that defines bullying is also reflected in classroom social relations. Whereas those who bully are frequently considered “cool” or popular, their targets are “uncool” are typically rejected by classmates.

    Those who witness bullying play a key role in reinforcing and maintaining the social imbalance. Although in studies most students report that they disapprove of bullying, they are unlikely to stand up for the bullied, even if they feel sorry for them.  They may be reluctant to get involved because they feel anxious about their own safety or social status. Most importantly, when no one... Continue Reading

    Posted in Prevention
  • Posted: June 3, 2015
    children pointing at sad child

    May 15-June 15 is Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month. This year’s theme is Everyone Can Play a Role! Learn the facts about tics and Tourette syndrome (TS), and how you can play a role to stop bullying of children with TS.

    Bullying doesn’t just happen to the smallest kid in the class. Children who bully others target those who seem to be less powerful or not as strong. Children who bully others also often target children who seem ’different.’ Children with TS are often seen as ‘different.’

    TS is a condition of the nervous system that causes people to have tics. Tics are sudden twitches, movements, or sounds that people do repeatedly. People who have tics cannot stop their body from doing these things. Having tics is a little bit like having hiccups. Even though you might not want to hiccup, your body does it anyway. Sometimes people can stop themselves from doing... Continue Reading

    Posted in Risk Factors
  • Posted: May 27, 2015
    Dr. Stephen West

    Bullying is tough on all kids. A few years back, I had to deal with a situation in a middle school that exemplifies this. There was a young lady who had been called terrible names on the bus for more than a month.  As her frustration and humiliation became too much, she came to school with a stick and assaulted the young man who was bullying her.  As a result, not only did the young man who was bullying her have consequences, but so she did as well because of her reactive actions. It really showed me how complex bullying can be, and the importance of encouraging students to report incidents and of addressing these issues before they escalate. If she had reached out for assistance, instead of suffering in silence then using violence to stop the bullying, there may have been a different outcome.  It’s one of... Continue Reading

    Posted in Prevention
  • Posted: April 15, 2015
    Police officer speaking to school children

    More and more, law-enforcement officers are being called in to handle cases of cyberbullying among kids and teens. If you aren’t familiar with the term, cyberbullying is bullying through technology, such as computers and cell phones. You may have seen cases in the news where police were involved as part of the investigation. Is it appropriate for law enforcement to be involved in these cases? When should they leave it to parents and schools to resolve?

    When staff from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children ... Continue Reading

    Posted in Cyberbullying
  • Posted: April 2, 2015
    Big Bird changes himself to try to become a member of the “Good Birds Club” in a Sesame Street episode developed specifically to address bullying. © 2015 Sesame Workshop.  “Sesame Street” and its logo are trademarks of Sesame Workshop.  All rights reserved.


    Big Bird changes himself to try to become a member of the “Good Birds Club” in a Sesame Street episode developed specifically to address bullying. © 2015 Sesame Workshop. “Sesame Street” and its logo are trademarks of Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved.

    Sesame Street has always been a destination for children and parents to laugh, learn, and grow. Over the past 45 years, the show has focused on the whole child by addressing academic skills, social, emotional, health and societal issues. Many difficult topics have been addressed through the seasons, and Sesame Street has always been there... Continue Reading

    Posted in Prevention
  • Posted: February 19, 2015
    AWOD logo

    The Anti-Defamation League’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute works with schools and communities around the country to build safe, inclusive and respectful learning environments for students of all ages. ADL developed its education program on the notion that in order to develop academic knowledge and skills, students need to be part of engaging, safe, respectful environments. Continue Reading

    Posted in Prevention
  • Posted: February 3, 2015
    Officer Larry Horrell, a school resource officer in New Mexico, works with teens as part of his department’s summer outreach program.

    There are more than 14,000 School Resource Officers (SROs) serving in elementary, middle and high schools across the United States.  As sworn law enforcement officers, they serve as a security presence on school grounds, but also as educators, informal counselors, and role models to the students they work hard to protect.  As a former police officer and SRO with 25 years of experience, Mo Canady’s job has been to keep students safe and ensure schools are positive places for learning.  On... Continue Reading

    Posted in Prevention
  • Posted: December 9, 2014

    As a Sikh American working to end school bullying in the post-9/11 environment, I believe the key to success is building partnerships with communities outside our own. 

    The Sikh Coalition was formed in response to the 9/11 attacks.  As Sikhs mourned the loss of innocent lives that day, we encountered bigotry because of our appearance. 

    Observant Sikhs are distinguished by turbans and uncut hair.  Our turban is a reminder to lead an ethical life, and our hair is considered a natural part of the body and left uncut out of respect for nature.  The core teaching of the Sikh religion is that all human beings are equal in dignity and divinity.  Ironically, as images of the 9/11 attacks were played repeatedly on television, so too were images of the masterminds – bearded men wearing turbans.  A new stereotype was born. 

    This stereotype has infected our schools.  According to... Continue Reading

    Posted in Specific Groups
  • 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

    Posted in Prevention
  • Posted: November 5, 2014
    kid alone in school hallway

    Bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated. The sad reality, though, is that bullying persists in our schools today, especially for America's 6.75 million students with disabilities in our public schools.  Bullying raises civil rights concerns under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which are two federal laws that prohibit disability discrimination. 

    The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigates and resolves complaints of disability discrimination at public schools. OCR recently issued guidance to public schools (available in Spanish) to help... Continue Reading

    Posted in Specific Groups

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