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Suck it up, walk it off, be a man: a controversial look at bullying in today's schools

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This article conflicts weather bullying is a big deal or not.  It talks about how schools these days have bigger problems to worry about, such as school shootings.  I personally think that bullying isnt a huge deal, because if you use it to your advantage you can only get stronger from it.  On the other side I know that there are kids out there that are smaller than most people and cant defend themselves.  So yes i think schools should look at this issue as a big deal.  They need to take it very seriously.  One day when i have children I don't want to have to worry about them getting picked on at school.  Kids go through a lot and they shouldn't have to worry about their image.  They should have all of their attention focused on school, and not what the person beside them thinks.  There are many ways "bullying" can be prevented, and I believe it should be.

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No Name-Calling Week: Cultivating Kindness and Playgrounds of Respect

There is nothing quite like the sound of children on a playground at recess. As a former elementary school teacher, such sounds remain a pleasant sense memory for me. Unfortunately, on school playgr
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This Blog describes a strategy one school is using to try to eliminate bullying.  Though it is called "No Name-Calling Week", this isn't a week designated to stop kids from calling each other names for a week.  It does not direct it's attention to bullying.  Instead it focuses on bringing the students up in other ways.  It recognizes and points out the things students are good at.  To boost their confidence in other words.  It also teaches the students to compliment and respect each other. This method of bully prevention seems to be effective and they continue to use it. 

 

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Bullying

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This document describes how bullying used to be and what it has become today.  In the past, bullying consisted of name calling, and occasional fights breaking out at school.  But these days it is a lot more serious.  Kids now have tools and acces to take bullying to a whole new level.  With social networks kids can bully other kids without even being face to face with them. This is called cyber-bullying.  Now a days kids take bullying seriously and sometimes it even results in suicide.  Since that started, law makers in some areas have made it to where harassment on the internet is unlawful.  They are currently working on plans at certain schools to carry out bullying all together.

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M. T. C. Library Remote Access -

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This article describes a tool being used to prevent bullying in a local high school.  The tool is used annomyously on any website.  With this tool you can report any bullying taken place.  When you report the bullying it alerts the schools principal. Once the bulling report is in the principals hands he can act accordingly.  The tool was inspired by a similar program used in schools in British Columbia.  They used this in british columbia following the number of suicides the school had. This tool seemed to be affective for the school and drastically reduced the ammpount of bullying taking place at the school. With this tool's annomyous submissions the students dont have to worry about anyone finding out they told.

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Bullies Beware: Schools Hire Social Media Monitors

Bullies Beware: Schools Hire Social Media Monitors | bullying in schools | Scoop.it
School bullying used to take place in hallways and classrooms. Now much of it happens online. Some school districts are hiring private companies to monitor social media for potential problems.
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This story is about a "social media monitor" being interviewed about his job.  Basically it is his job to monitor and look over students' social media.  That goes for facebook, twitter, myspace, etc.  These days bullying occurs not only in the school but also, if not more often online.  He states in this interview, that it is tough doing his job.  Not physically but mentally, because a lot of the time he takes it personal when a student is being bullied.  He has seen cases where students post that they just got in a fight due to bullying.  He believes that his job is important in watching over students, because without parental supervsion over social media, the students have no guidence.  He has prenevted fights by contacting school administrators.  He has also prevented suicides by contacting mental health agents and having them talk to the students. 

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Trend alert: new Alberta Education Act combats bully fatigue

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This article explains one woman's perspective on bullying.  She states that some cases it doesnt seem like it is an act of bullying and it is looked over.  Even though in those cases it is bullying and something should  be done about it.  While in other cases it seems to be an act of bullying, but it really isnt.  It is more of an act of conflict.  But she is working on getting that cleared up.  In 2015 her new "Eduation Act" is created to take all the question out of, weather something is classifies as bullying or not.  It will include a clear definition of what is "bullying" and what is not. Their next goal is to build and create more effective punishments.  The new act will help empower educators to create a better environment.

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GSP on bullying

GSP on bullying | bullying in schools | Scoop.it
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This Picture is a Quote from a great fighter.  George St. Pierre delt with bullying growing up as a kid.  He doesnt regret it or wish it had never happened though.  He says that if he had not had to deal with bullying then he wouldnt be who he is today.  Being a victim of bullying doesnt always have to be a bad thing, as long as you know how to use it to your advantage.  If you let it get to you personally then yes, it can destroy you. But if you use it as motivation to better yourself then you will be mentally stronger. It can also help you out with many other things, such as being able to overcome adversity nomatter what it may be.  Although bullying shouldnt happen, it is happening.  You just have to make the best of it. 

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Anti-Bullying Elementary School Video (Dunsford) - YouTube

Grade 6 classroom response to Amanda Todd and Bullying. The video is titled "Strength in Numbers". As a group, we have decided it is up to all of us to be aw...
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Even though no words were spoken in this video, it said a lot.  It showed a little girl starting on a bus walking down the aisle as all the other kids stuck note cards to her.  On the note cards were hurtful adjectives aiming towards the little girl.  As she walked into the school the teachers were there to greet her.  They even asked how she was doing.  The little girl told the teachers that she was fine.  Even though the little girl looked sad and depressed, the teachers didnt continue to ask what was wrong. They simply let her go.  Later on it showed her all alone on the swing when another student walked up to see if she was okay.  She told the other student about what was going on.  The other student then told her to speak out, and so she did. At that time the other students around her comforted her and stood behind her.

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Sexting-Related Bullying Can Have Dire Consequences

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"Sexting" is a term used to describe the action of someone sending a nude picture of themself to someone else via text message.  Studies also show that sexting can be harmful to some people.  This article talks about a middle school girl, who sent a nude picture to a gu she liked and the result was tragic.  Due to the boy, who recieved the picture, sharing the picture with evryone else at his school, the young girl was bullied.  Everyone was talking about her and calling her mean names, such as whore and slut.  The 13 year old girl ended up hanging herself because she finally had enough of the bullying.  The article also decribes how parents can prevent sexting from happening. It also describes how the harrassment leads to suicide and how "sexting" has dire concequences.  Other reasons students are able to do this is because of the schools' lack of communication.  The schools need to build awareness of this subject and prevent it from happening.

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Direct bullying: criminal act or mimicking what has been learned?

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This document argues weather the act of students who "bully" other students are innocent or guilty.  Some say the students are guilty for their actions. They also belive the students should be punished for it. Some of the punishments they believe are necissairy are suspension from school and expulsion.  Some even go as far as juvinile delenquent centers. While others believe the childean who do the "bullying" are innocent.  They believe the parents are the ones to blame.  They think the children are doing nothing but mimicking their parents' behavior and acting how they have been taught to act.  This document also shows how studies prove that students from high risk and low income communities are more likely to be bullies. Bullying programs hae been implimented world wide but there hasn't been any drastic change.

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