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Schoolgirl who killed herself was bullied 'for being bright', inquest hears

Schoolgirl who killed herself was bullied 'for being bright', inquest hears | Bullying in Schools | Scoop.it
Mother of Izzy Dix, 14, who had ambitions to go to Oxford, releases her poem I Give Up to draw attention to problem of bullying
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A lot of articles, blogs and videos talk about bullying and its effects. However, this article focuses on the harsh and extreme effects of bullying. Izzy, a 14 year old, hung herself in her bedroom due to the insults, name calling, and taunts she received from other students. Because Izzy didn't like to wear short skirts like the other girls and was very academically ambitious, students made fun of her. Because Izzy was continually facing bullying from so many students, she couldn't deal with the pain anymore. This article upset me so much. It's so sad that some people take their lives because of the way others treat them. Izzy was a wonderful individual with so much to look forward to in the future but the ever present bullying in her life affected her emotions so strongly that she couldn't take it anymore. Suicide due to bullying is an extreme and prevalent issue in our society. I think we need to find ways to educate students about bullying and its extreme effects in order to prevent it in the future. No child should ever feel that the easiest thing to do in life is give up. Izzy's mom posted the poem that she found in Izz'ys room. The powerful poem reads, "They tell me to leave and that I am not wanted, Not there, not anywhere." The poem continued: "My eyes drowning in a sea of emotion/Another piece of me chiselled away by their cruel remarks and perceptions … I give up." It was really painful to read this poem. It was also discovered that the teen had attempted to take her life many times before this. I think that as a parent, you need to be aware of what your child is doing and how they are feeling. Even though children may not admit that they are being bullied, their emotions and actions should represent that something is wrong. It should never get to the point of someone wanting to kill himself/herself. Another issue mentioned in the article relates to cyberbullying. With the prevalence of social media in today's society, people are continually bullying and being bullied over the internet. It's an easy way for an individual to make fun of someone without saying something to their face. Cyberbullying is becoming increasingly popular and needs to be taught to students before the problem becomes worse. We need to educate issues such as the situation with Izzy in order for students to realize the true harshness of bullying. 

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Prevention at School | StopBullying.gov

Prevention at School | StopBullying.gov | Bullying in Schools | Scoop.it
Find out what school staff can do to make schools safer and prevent bullying at StopBullying.gov.
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I decided to scoop this website because the website focuses on what school staff and students can do to prevent bullying in the school. The title of the website emphasizes the main idea of the page- to stop bullying in schools. Since some people aren't educated about bullying, they really aren't aware of its causes and effects. The website details helpful information including: the definition of bullying; cyberbullying; those at risk of bullying; how to prevent bullying; how to respond to bullying; and how to get help. The website allows individuals to start off with the general concept of bullying and then delves deeper into the true problems of bullying and how they can be resolved. For example, the "Get Help Now" section details extreme bullying cases as well as typical bullying cases in schools. In schools, the child is told to contact the teacher, the school counselor, the school principal, the superintendent, the state department of education etc. What I really enjoy about this website is the extreme amount of information that is provided. A vide arrary of individuals (parents, teachers, students, counselors etc)  can focus on this source in order to learn the general and specific ideas about bullying. As a future educator, I understand the importance of knowing what bullying is and knowing how to deal with children being bullied. I could go to this website as a reference in order to remind myself about specific incidents involving bullying. In addition, I think students could be introduced to this website. Students would learn about bullying and the need to prevent it. If one student reads the website, they can also spread the message to other students in order to promote an anti-bullying perspective. I feel as though people in society see bullying as a topic that isn't extremely significant. However, it's important for society to realize the prevlance of bullying and the necessary steps that need to be taken in order to prevent it in the future. 

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Escambia County launches new anti-bullying initiative - WEAR

Escambia County launches new anti-bullying initiative - WEAR | Bullying in Schools | Scoop.it
Escambia County launches new anti-bullying initiative
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We've had them for middle school, high school, elementary, students, parents report, concerned citizen, even school staff because if you put it on here, there will be a lot of follow up.
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The video displays Escambia County's anti-bullying initiative. Students, teachers, parents, community members etc. can submit a tip online if they think a bullying case is present. The problem with bullying in schools is that teachers aren't necessarily able to supervise every student all of the time  (for example, recess time). Therefore, bullying can occur without the teachers even realizing. Also, it's difficult for parents to know if their child is being bullied because they can't be there all of the time. In schools, staff are trained and students create anti-bullying posters and participate in anti-bullying talks in order to attempt to eliminate the problem. If a tip is recieved and is actually considered bullying, the bully is punished and the victim receives counseling and the option to transfer schools. I think this anti-bullying initiative is so significant. Sometimes people don't speak out about a bully because they are afraid of what will happen to them. Since anyone can submit a tip, everyone has the chance to express what they truly want to express. This online anti-bullying initiative is a step to solving multiple problems involving bullying.

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BC teen will highlight bullying discussion - Battle Creek Enquirer

BC teen will highlight bullying discussion - Battle Creek Enquirer | Bullying in Schools | Scoop.it
BC teen will highlight bullying discussion
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Jennie Wyman remembers clearly the times in junior high she says she spent making a few of her classmates' lives a nightmare. “I was molested ...
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Check out this article to understand bullying from first-hand experience. As a child, Jennie was molested and because of this, she decided to displace her anger on everyone else. She would put kids in lockers, fight and attack them, call them names etc. As she aged, Jennie realized that her actions were wrong and uncalled for. Since October is National Bully Prevention Month, Jennie will be one of the guests speaking out on the topic. Jennie now realizes, "It's [bullying] not right and they need to stop." Wanda Miller, a licensed counselor, emphasizes the importance of "providing positive support and outlets for bullies." It's not only important to talk about the effects of bullying but also the solutions. I thought this article was more powerful than others because it came from someone who actually was a bully. Articles usually portray the message that bullying is wrong but never really give real life accounts. And if real life accounts are included, they're usually from the victims, not the actual bullies. I found it wonderful that Jennie realized the way she treated people was not okay and that she now speaks out against bullying and its harmful effects. 

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HG Sansostri writes a book giving advice on bullying (and he's 12)

HG Sansostri writes a book giving advice on bullying (and he's 12) | Bullying in Schools | Scoop.it
UK tween HG Sansostri has turned his journal dealing with bullying into a book to help other kids along with the assistance of his Mom.
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This blog post really inspired me. A 12 year old boy was struggling with bullying. In order to try and cope with the bullying that he was facing, he decided to write. He wrote about his experiences, what happened, how this impacted him, how he felt etc. The student was not writing to show anyone his diary. He just wrote because it was his own way of dealing with the problems he was facing. However, HG's story ultimately turned into a book after his mom noticed him writing all of the time. HG and his mom sent the book to a publisher in order to try and help other kids that are dealing with the effects of bullying. His book is titled, "The Little Dudes Skool Survival Guide" and now it's accessible to any student who is interested. I think the importance of this book is that it is coming from the perspective of a child. Children are always taught about bullying and they are continually taught that it is wrong. However, they usually never get to hear about bullying from the perspective of another student that is only 12 years old. Some students might not listen to lessons involving bullying because they either aren't being bullied, or aren't given specific proof of examples that detail bullying. However, this book is able to express the true feelings that a student experienced because of bullying. The book not only helps students that are being bullied, but it can also help the people who bully. If bullies read this book, they will become aware of the pain they inflict on innocent individuals. Most likely, these bullies will feel bad and ultimately change their thought process and their actions. In addition, some students have never been bullied or witnessed a bully. By reading this book, they are able to understand the causes and effects of bullying. It's important to educate students about bullying at a young age so they can carry this message with them throughout their lifetime. The more students that are educated about bullying, the better our society will become at preventing bullying. 

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Loves Park students pledge to be a buddy, not a bully - WREX-TV

Loves Park students pledge to be a buddy, not a bully - WREX-TV | Bullying in Schools | Scoop.it
Loves Park students pledge to be a buddy, not a bully
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Windsor administrators say it's important to educate kids about bullying at a young age. ...
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Students at Windsor Elementary School made a school wide pledge to be a buddy rather than a bully. The school emphasizes the importance of learning this message at an early age. Students will carry this message with them throughout middle school, high school and even the rest of their lives. Some students created an anti-bullying club in order to be part of the solution. The students take the issue very seriously and the video displays specific students expressing their past experiences with bullying and why bullying isn't right. The school thought of a clever idea in which students released balloons in order for their kindness counts messages to spread as far as possible. I thought it was also a really interesting idea to write email addresses on the balloons so people that find the balloons can let the school know where they are located and how far the messages traveled! I believe it is so essential to spread the idea of anti-bullying at an early age, so I really enjoyed this video. The students are able to understand the negative effects of bullying and highlight the importance of being a buddy rather than a bully. I thought it was a great idea that the school came together to promote this message. If students are educated about bullying, they are able to realize its harsh effects. Since most children can relate to the concept of bullying, teaching them about it in depth will allow them to truly spread the message in society that bullying isn't right. I know that I never recieved lessons in bullying in elementary school and I wish that we did. I think talking about bullying and discussing bullying truly allows students to realize its negativity. 

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Julie Newman's comment, December 10, 2013 7:10 PM
I loved this video and article because it shows how education can be used to combat bullying, instead of being an environment where bullying takes place. I also love the message that this article provides about how if you introduce this idea of anti-bullying at a young age, children will carry it with them throughout their lives. I also loved how enthusiastic the children were about this pressing issue. This shows that when you make an important lesson fun, such as teaching about bullying, students will become more engaged.
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Putting a Stop to Bullying - Sanjay Gupta - Everyday Health

Putting a Stop to Bullying - Sanjay Gupta - Everyday Health | Bullying in Schools | Scoop.it
Millions of kids face the emotional and physical effects of being bullied. What parents should look for, and what can be done. (Every 7 minutes, a child is bullied at #school.
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This article higlights the prevalence of bullying in schools. Unfortunately, some students skip school because they are afraid of being bullied. Bullying can lead to depression, anxiety, suicide etc and needs to be stopped. The important thing for parents/teachers to do is let the children know that they will help them through the hard times and will be there whenever needed. The article even lists helpful tips in order for a parent to realize if his/her child is being bullied. I think this article is beneficial to students, teachers, parents etc. This article opened my eyes to the problems of bullying, but also ways for us to reduce these problems.  Even though bullying is extremely prevalent across the country, if people are educated about bullying and its effects, little by little, it will eventually decrease. We all need to work together in order to prevent the furthering of this issue. Since I was never personally bullied, this article opened my eyes to the millions of kids that are bullied. As an adult, I think it's so terrible that so many children are being bullied in schools. School is supposed to be a fun learning environment. However, students can easily become distracted with school due to the effects of bullying. No student should ever have to miss school because they are afraid that someone will make fun of them, hurt them, call them names etc. Bullying is an ever present issue but if students are educated about it at an early age, hopefully future generations won't experience bullying to the degree that students in our society experience it today.   

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Julie Newman's comment, December 10, 2013 7:06 PM
I think this article does an amazing job at clearly laying out the dangers of bullying, different types of bullying, signs of bullying, and the consequences surrounding bullying. This article gives a great overview of the issue of bullying within education and is a great addition to this content curation.