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For bullied kids, it's hard to imagine a life without anxiety and fear of taunting or physical abuse, but the fact is, even in what seems like the worst bullying situations, it does eventually get better.
Bullying prevention is complicated. Sometimes it seems that it's bigger than all of us but it's not insurmountable. We have an untapped army out there. If we start training bystanders to start stepping up from an early age, we've got a shot at creating safe and caring school climates.Read on...
Three years after the premiere of the documentary Bully, the kids featured in the film have transformed from victims into victors.
‘Bully’ director Lee Hirsch was bullied as a kid in Long Island, New York. He spoke of how he would get punched in the arm everyday when walking home; making his arm not colored with black and blue bruises, but a permanent yellow sleeve from the routine beatings. He couldn’t even talk to his dad because his dad told him to just man-up. He felt alone.
Amazingly, he made his experience an experience of reason and consequently, he made the documentary Bullyand created The Bully Project to inspire people into taking action against bullying.
Three years later, CNN’s Anderson Cooper follows up with Alex Libby, Kelby Johnson, and Kirk Smalley who were featured subjects in the Bully documentary.
A 17-year-old Canadian girl died Sunday following a suicide attempt last week.
In a Facebook memorial page, the girl's mother, Leah Parsons, wrote that Rehtaeh had been shunned and harassed after one of the boys allegedly involved in the rape took a picture of the incident and distributed it to their "school and community, where it quickly went viral."
"Rehtaeh is gone today because of the four boys that thought that raping a 15-year-old girl was okay, and to distribute a photo to ruin her spirit and reputation would be fun," Parsons wrote.
Most parents would agree that raising a generous child is an admirable goal -- but how, exactly, is that accomplished?
New results from the University of Notre Dame's Science of Generosity initiative, which funds generosity research around the world, shed light on how generosity and related behaviors -- such as kindness, caring and empathy -- develop, or don't develop, in children from 2 years old through adolescence.
Shane Koyczan "To This Day" http://www.tothisdayproject.comHelp this message have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying. Please share generously.Find Shane on Facebook - http://on.fb.me/Vwdi65or on Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/koyczanI send out one new poem each month via email. You might like to join us. http://www.shanekoyczan.com"My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways.Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. This piece is a starting point." - Shane Find anti-bullying resources at http://www.bullying.orgDozens of collaborators from around the world helped to bring this piece to life. Learn more about them and the project athttp://www.tothisdayproject.com Buy "To This Day" on BandCamp http://bit.ly/VKGjgUor iTunes http://bit.ly/W47QK2
Victims of bullying at school, and bullies themselves, are more likely to experience psychiatric problems in childhood, studies have shown. Now researchers have found that elevated risk of psychiatric trouble extends into adulthood, sometimes even a decade after the intimidation has ended.
The new study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry on Wednesday, is the most comprehensive effort to date to establish the long-term consequences of childhood bullying, experts said.
A new study discovers bullying, whether it's physical aggression or spreading rumors, can boost the social status and popularity of middle school
Authorities in central Ohio are investigating the apparent suicide of an 11-year-old girl whose parents say she was bullied.
London police Chief David Wiseman says the girl hanged herself overnight in her bedroom.He says the girl had been bullied before, and police are investigating all angles of her death, including whether she had recently been harassed.
Her parents told reporters Hailey wore thick glasses, had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and was teased by other youngsters outside of school.
Dr. Michele Borba share her secrets for discipline problems, behavior troubles, school issues and much more! Parenting advice, tips, and articles for raising happy, healthy children from conception to graduation.
Your first step is to determine why your child is using this behavior. What might be triggering your child’s behavior?
Here are a few of the top reasons why kids bully. Could any apply to your child? Think through each item carefully. What is your best guess as to why your child is using aggressive behaviors? There may be another reason beyond this list which you can add to the end. Read:http://www.micheleborba.com/blog/2012/09/25/why-is-my-kid-bullying/ ;
A Michigan community is trying to make things right after a 16-year-old girl was named to a high school homecoming court as part of an apparent prank.Whitney Kropp told WNEM-TV she felt betrayed after some of her classmates at West Branch's Ogemaw Heights High School suggested that her selection announced this month at the 800-student school was a joke. She said she had been picked on in the past, but it intensified afterward."I thought I wasn't worthy at Ogemaw Heights at all," she said.As word spread, however, community members rallied behind the sophomore. She's expected appear at Friday's homecoming football game. And The Detroit News reports businesses will buy her dinner, take her photo, fix her hair and nails, and dress her in a gown, shoes and a tiara for Saturday's dance...
Julie Hertzog, the director of the Pacer National Bullying Prevention Center:
Today, it’s not quite as simple as that. Casting the bully as a physically intimidating outcast isn’t necessarily accurate, Hertzog said.
“There is no particular profile,” she said. “It used to be that people thought that kids who bullied had very low self-esteem, but we’ve found just the opposite to be true. A lot of times they are social leaders.”
Almost one in four of teens claimed to be a target of cyberbullying and two-thirds of all teens have witnessed cruel behavior online, notes the Teen Internet Behavior study.
But only one in 10 parents are aware that their teens could be targets of cyberbullying.
Le cyberbullying, une autre forme de harcèlement scolaire.
*Every play counts. All video proceeds go to anti-bullying causes*.iTunes - http://tinyurl.com/cbfu3vh
The family of Rehtaeh Parsons, the Canadian teen whose death sparked an international outcry last week, now claim they are being harassed by supporters of the four boys accused of raping their daughter.
"It just felt like someone kicked me in the stomach. How dare they do that?" Parsons told Global News. "My daughter is gone because of them, and they have the nerve to show up on my street and my community where my children live and keep harassing us."
15-year-old Audrie Pott posted a message on Facebook stating that her life was ruined and she had the "worst day ever." Shortly after that, she sadly hanged her
This all happened just eight days after allegedly being sexually assaulted while passed out at a party and having images of the attack posted online. TheAssociated Press reported on Friday, April 12, 2013, that three teenage boys have now been arrested for the assault.
For the many months after Pott took her own life, her family tried to figure out exactly what happened to their happy little girl who loved so many things.
What a tragedy this is...
The word “bullying” is overused — expanding, accordionlike, to encompass both appalling violence or harassment and a few mean words.
All the misdiagnosis of bullying is making the real but limited problem seem impossible to solve. If every act of aggression counts as bullying, how can we stop it? Down this road lies the old assumption that bullying is a rite of childhood passage. But that’s wrong.
Bullying is a particular form of harmful aggression, linked to real psychological damage, both short and long term. There are concrete strategies that can succeed in addressing it — and they all begin with shifting the social norm so that bullying moves from being shrugged off to being treated as unacceptable. But we can’t do that if we believe, and tell our children, that it’s everywhere.
In Emily Bazelon's latest book, "Sticks and Stones," the senior editor for Slate argues that the Internet and social media make teen bullying more vicious and challenging to control.
In an interview with the New York Times, Bazelon acknowledges parents’ role in navigating bullying as a tough one: “It’s obviously a huge challenge for parents, finding the balance you strike between protecting kids and expecting them to be a little bit tough, and learn how to stand up for themselves. It starts with that base idea that you have to know your kid, and know what they’re capable of, and give them room to do what they can do — not step in reflexively whenever there’s a problem. I think that builds some resilience in,” she says.
This is kind of beautiful.
Shane Koyczan was bullied a lot when he was a kid. So he took that pain and made this stunning video with the help of some amazingly talented people. It's kind of breathtaking and powerful, just a warning. Also, it has a happy ending.
Despite the school assemblies, the several warnings that are given to the bullies at school and the countless movies that try to get the point across that bullying can be more harmful than most people think, the job is just not getting done. In this era of technology, it's pretty safe to say that it's harder to hide from the bullies than it may have been 20 or 30 years ago. Some kids have to face it not only for seven hours at school, but also every hour beyond that because of the constant contact that can be made via text message or social media.
Bullying, whether it's physical aggression or spreading rumors, boosts the social status and popularity of middle school students, according to a new UCLA psychology study that has implications for programs aimed at combatting school bullying.
"The ones who are cool bully more, and the ones who bully more are seen as cool," said Jaana Juvonen, a UCLA professor of psychology and lead author of the study. "What was particularly interesting was that the form of aggression, whether highly visible and clearly confrontational or not, did not matter. Pushing or shoving and gossiping worked the same for boys and girls.
"cool" kids bully more
I'm struggling to stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply. I'm not doing this for attention. I'm doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong. I did things to myself to make pain go away, because I'd rather hurt myself then someone else. Haters are haters but please don't hate, although im sure I'll get them....
Identifying, Intervening, Surviving, and Preventing Bullying – A Series: Bullying Prevention Programs and Resources
There are literally thousands of bullying websites and programs available, however we chose to present only a handful of the best-known and most educational sites that provide superb material, videos and even activities for parents, children and educators.
Here are some of the best, and best-known, bullying websites and resources:http://bit.ly/R11UdA
"The main goal of this bullying blog series has been to educate and empower parents, students and school staff about bullying and cyberbullying. The series provided a variety of posts ranging from prevention tools to intervention techniques with the goal of educating parents, victims, bystanders and school staff to become empowered to take action".
Demi Lovato talks bulimia, being bullied, on Katie.
It is the parents' job to help their children learn how to deal with difficulties in life.
...Because they are exposed to and observe high-conflict adults, children and youth of all ages model destructive behaviors at school. Parents are role models for their children and abusive behavior can be inter-generational. This direct link to bullying increases the pressure for separating parents to learn ways to reduce conflict in their interactions with each other.
If you are a separating parent who learns your child is bullying at school, here are some specific tips to help you remedy the situation:If your separation includes high levels of conflict with the other parent, find ways to reduce the conflict.
Help your child learn productive ways to express anger.
Clarify that even though the family is going through a lot of changes, you will not tolerate bullying or mean-spirited behavior of any kind. Believe it or not, children of all ages find security in clearly set limits.
Stay actively involved in your child's school activities.
Make your child a priority during the separation.
Carol Fredrickson shares how to talk with your child about bullying
When your child comes to you saying that they have been the victim of bullying, remain calm. Fight the urge to jump into action and contain your anger. Listen and be fully engaged with your child and their story. Don’t interrupt or offer your opinion. Once they have finished ask them open ended questions that may help fill in any missing details.
It is imperative that you get a hold of your emotions before jumping in to fix the situation. We must model appropriate behavior for our children.
Three things that you can do regarding bullying:
1. Take bullying seriously. This is not a phase that your child is going through. Offer support to your child whether they are 6 or 16. This may be the most difficult issue that they have ever dealt with.
2. Consider enrolling your child into a martial arts program or a self-defense class. No, I am not suggesting that they learn to beat up the bully, but martial arts can build confidence in a child. Bullies rarely pick on a confident child – they almost always choose someone who is vulnerable or lacks confidence.
3. Teach your child how to respond to a bully. Teach them what they CAN do in order to give them back some power. They need confidence, assurance and direction.