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Research shows anti-bullying campaigns can create more bullies (K-12 Education Blog)

A UT-Arlington criminology professor released a study recently suggesting anti-bullying programs in schools can actually create more bullies. He based a large portion of his study on surveys from 7,001 6th-10th grade students in 195 U.S.
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“Research shows anti-bullying campaigns can create more bullies (k-12 education blog).” When I read this title, I was confused but intrigued. In UT-Arlington a criminology professor, Dr. Seokjin Jeong, released a study suggesting that anti-bullying programs in school can in fact create more bullies. The professor based his studies on surveys from 7,001 6th-10th-grade students in 195 different schools. “One possible reason for this is that students who are victimizing their peers have learned the language from these anti-bullying campaigns and programs. The schools with interventions say, ‘you shouldn’t do this’ or ‘you shouldn’t do that.’ But through the programs, the student become highly exposed to what a bully is, and they know what to do or say when questioned by parents or teachers.” When I first read the beginning of this article, it didn’t make sense to me that anti-bullying programs could create more bullies. However, after reading Jeong’s findings I can understand his perspective. A psychotherapist, in the Tech Health Sciences Center pediatrics department, Dr. Paul Douthit, and Amber Lanngehennig, a counselor at Laura Bush middle school both agree with Jeong. Douthit believes that oftentimes when you focus heavily on something, you can inadvertently make it bigger. In addition, Lanngehennig is careful to address bullying in a way that doesn’t give students ideas in how to bully—only videos on what to do if you’re a victim or a witness. I found this article to be very interesting and perplexing. Although this could be true I do think that schools need to implement some sort of anti-bullying program but just take into consideration some of these concerns. 

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Lady Gaga Takes Anti-Bullying Message to White House

Pop singer meets with White House officials on behalf of young victims. For more, click here: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/white-house-goes-g...

Via Samantha Tanner
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“160,000 children stay home every day because of bullies. And 1 in 4 teenagers say they are victims.” This video on youtube was heartbreaking but also inspiring. Teens who feel they don’t have support from their peers or family turn to the Internet for help. One boy in particular, Jonah Mowry, has attracted millions of people’s attention about bullying and the detrimental effects that it has on children. At four in the morning Jonah recorded a video telling the world his story. Jonah had been bullied every day since first grade because he is gay. He thought about suicide multiple times and just couldn’t find reasons to live. After seeing this video Jonah received tweets, videos, etc. from people all over the world including celebrities like Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga saw Jonah’s video and decided to take the anti-bullying message straight to the white house. She met with top staff to press the importance of this crisis and to seek help for the nations kids. Lady gaga gives voice to children through her anti-bullying charity whose slogan is “I was born this way.” It’s a sickening thought that bullying can be taken so far. I think that teachers and administrators need to be more aware of the bullying that goes on in their schools and have serious repercussions for students who do bully. Kids should feel safe and comfortable going to school; they shouldn’t feel like they have to avoid it and that everyday they are entering a place in which they don’t feel comfortable. How can you expect a kid to perform to the best of their ability when they are getting mentally and sometimes physically abused everyday in and out of school? 

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Girl Gets Hair Ripped Off To The Scalp During Bullying Incident - CBS Local

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CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – An 8-year-old girl had her scalp ripped by bullies as they were pulling her hair extensions out at school.

Via Mardi Sansone
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“Girl Gets Hair Ripped Off To The Scalp During Bullying Incident” –that is the scariest title I’ve ever read. An 8-year-old girl from Carroll County Georgia had her scalped ripped by bullies as they tried to pull out her hair extensions. The poor girl, Aolani Dunbar, was picked on for weeks at school because of her hair extensions and it didn’t stop until it got violent. “They kept pulling it and pulling it, especially on the playground…everybody got a chance and I was in the gazebo sitting there crying because I have no friends to play with that will protect me.” I was extremely emotional when I read this quote because no eight year old should be crying as kids get the chance to torment her and physically abuse her while there are no adults to help. School should be a safe place where kids feel comfortable and are only concerned with learning and interacting with their friends. Kids shouldn’t fear going to school because of bullies. We can’t expect kids to learn and participate in school if their only concern is trying to get through the day without being tormented. Aolani was taken to the emergency room after the incident and the attack left her with a wound so severe that she had to shave her entire head to avoid infection. Doctors say that she may never grow hair on the part of her injured scalp again. According to her family Aolani now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. I’m appalled that bullying can go this far. Only one of the girls that tormented Aolani got in-school suspension. There need to be harsher consequences for bullying because in school suspension is just not enough. Schools need to promote anti-bullying and inform the kids of the affects that bullying can have on an individual. Some serious steps need to be taken and things need to change. 

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Mardi Sansone's curator insight, December 17, 2013 9:14 PM

An 8-year old from Georgia had her hair pulled out by bullies and part of her scalp most likely will be permanently damaged.  This little girl was bullied for weeks at school because she had hair extensions and the girls wouldn’t stop.  The girls would pull the hair extensions everyday and she would cry all the time because she didn’t have friends to help protect her.  After the little girl was hurt she was rushed to the emergency room and had to shave her whole head.  The doctors said the hair on that part of her scalp might never regrow.  The little girl is not suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder.  I think it is so sad that this little girl was starting to be bullied at such a young age.  School should be a fun safe place for children, not a scary place with no friends and bullies.  If school is a hostile environment children will not be eager or willing to learn.  Children would never want to go to school and will be miserable the whole time they are there because of bullies.  The bullies need to have harsh punishments for what they put this little girl through.      One of the girls has in-school suspension, but this little girl is scarred for life so there should be harsher punishments.   Bullies need to be punished appropriately for their actions.

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Bullying, Sexual Harassment Addressed at WCCUSD Meeting ...

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Administrators at the West Contra Costa County Unified School District agreed to overhaul the district's policies on bullying and sexual harassment at a special meeting prompted by a recent fight at Hercules High School ...
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This article addressed bullying and sexual harrassment in the West Contra Costa County after a fight was caught on camera of two students chasing and fighting another transgender student. The article states that the transgender student reported the bullying to school officials before the fight happened but she did not find the support that she needed. Due to the school officials negligence, the school district has come to the decision to hire an administrator to deal soley with bullying and sexual harrassment. The article states that "Since that time, the district has installed surveillance cameras at the Richmond High campus and other schools and has beefed up school security staff in an attempt to prevent student-on-student violence." Hopefully with these improvements we will see a change. 

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Bullying builds character – at least according to public schools

Does bullying really help build character or should schools take actions to stop it?
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“Bullying Builds Character-At Least According To Public Schools” is an article that terrified me. A girl named Bella was attending public school and experienced bullying right away. Students called her names and were throwing around racial and homophobic slurs at her every day. Bella told her teacher but nothing got resolved. After dealing with it for weeks Bella finally told her parents who then took her out of school. When officials found out Bella’s parents had taken her out of school they flew into a frenzy. Bella’s parents explained to the school that she was being bullied and no one did anything to help her. The school insisted that Bella come back and promised to take bullying seriously. However, when asked what their plan was, they were at a loss for words. The school told Bella, “Running away from your problems never solves anything. Hard times like this teach you how to deal with life, because in real life, you have to deal with difficult people all the time.” I was shocked and furious that a school official said this to a student. They make it seem like her problems and feelings aren’t valid and that they promote bullying in their schools because they feel it builds character and prepares kids for the “real world.” In my opinion, this school should have a change in staff and get people who actually care about kids to run the school. Bullying should NEVER be encourage, especially by school officials. 

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Great Anti Bullying Activities And Lesson Plans « The Bully Proof Classroom

Great Anti Bullying Activities And Lesson Plans « The Bully Proof Classroom | Bullying in schools | Scoop.it

Via Samantha Tanner
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I LOVE this website! It explains specific activities that teachers or administrators can have kids do that promotes anti-bullying and high self-esteem. I think it is so imperative to make kids aware of the affects of bullying and teach them that treating others badly can lead to serious consequences. My favorite activity the website introduced is “Wrinkled Wanda.” On a piece of paper student will trace an outline of a full body person. The student will then write disrespectful, rude and unkind statements all over the outline (ex: “you’re a loser,” “you suck” etc.).  After Wanda (the body) is filled with negative comments, you have the students crumple the drawing and then un-crumple it. Next, you post the pictures around the classroom. You explain to the class that these drawings are examples of what negative comments can do to a person who is bullied. “Bullying comments can destroy a person’s self-image and often lead to a defeated body language in the victim.” I think this is a fantastic activity to do, especially with younger kids in elementary school. When kids are young they aren’t aware that their actions can have detrimental affects on other people. This is an interactive activity that really sends a clear anti-bullying message. In addition to anti-bullying messages, it is also extremely important to help build children’s self-esteem when they are young. Self-acceptance is a reflection of beliefs you gain as a child and adolescent and it usually comes from messages you get about yourself. One way to rebuild self –acceptance is to train yourself to engage in positive self-talk (focusing on your strength and positive qualities). An activity that can incorporate positive self-talk is having kids write down all of their good qualities, for example, provide them with a sentence that says, “I am talented. Two things I am really good at are…” and continue on with positive sentences of that sort. 

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Samantha Tanner's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:01 PM

This link contains awesome ideas to do with your future class to try to eliminate bullying.  It contains anti-bullying activities and also some anti-bullying lesson plans.  My favorite activity that the author shares is the Wanda activity.  The students are to trace an outline of a full-bodied figure and write hurtful comments on it.  They are then to crumple the drawing, un-crumple it, and hang it on the wall.  Explain to the class that these drawing are examples of what negative comments can make a person feel like.  Then have students repeat the activity this time writing nice and thoughtful comments in the person’s body.  Do not crumple it, and then hang the new drawings around the room.  Ask students to find the difference between the two and how bullying can affect a person’s life.

I think teaching students how harmful bullying can be is extremely important.  Students must realize that bullying can really hurt a person.  Rather than waiting until students are too old, teachers should teach positive behavior at a young age.  But is it even the teacher’s responsibility to instill these habits within their students?  I believe the answer to that question is yes.  Teachers, in my opinion, are supposed to teach their children how to be well-rounded, successful, smart citizens.  Teachers have the ability and responsibility to teach children right from wrong.  It is never okay to bully someone else.  This idea and concept must be instilled within our students at a young age before it is too late to change how students think about their classmates.

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Charges in Rebecca Sedwick's suicide suggest 'tipping point' in bullying cases

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The cyberbullying case in which two girls, ages 14 and 12, face felony stalking charges in the suicide of a 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick marks "a tipping point"

Via Mardi Sansone
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This is a horrifying article about how bullying kids in school can lead to serious consequences. I was sick to my stomach reading this article about Rebecca Sedwick and the girls that tormented and bullied her for 10 months. The two girls Guadalupe Shaw and Katelyn Roman bullied Rebecca incessantly and essentially stalked her, telling her to kill herself. Rebecca was being harassed to the point where she didn’t see a way out. She went to administration and tried to find a solution but her problem wasn’t taken seriously enough. On September 9th 2013, Rebecca jumped to her death from the top of an abandoned concrete plant. Guadalupe Shaw’s response to Rebecca’s death was a facebook post that read, “Yes IK I bulled REBECCA nd she killed her self but IDGAF.” I couldn’t believe what I was reading. After seeing that her actions had caused another human being to take her life, Shaw felt no remorse. It’s sickening that behavior like this goes on in schools and is overlooked by teachers, principles and parents. Initially all I felt was anger—how could someone torture a 12 year old to the point where she kills herself? How could someone be so cruel and cold? The article continues on to say that we need harsher punishments for bullies and that the police should be more involved. My question is, where are the parents of Shaw and Roman during all of this? How are parents that oblivious to the fact that their daughters are tormenting a little girl everyday for ten months? What are their home lives like? Have they never been taught how to treat and respect other people? I think in these situations, you really have to look at what the parents are/aren’t doing. Bullying needs to be taken more seriously and there have to be greater consequences for bullies like Shaw and Roman. 

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Mardi Sansone's curator insight, October 31, 2013 3:47 PM

Crazy to see how vicious young girls are! So sad such a young girl killed herself after being bullied for so long.  A 14 year old was telling a 12 year old, Rebecca Sedwick, to drink bleach and kill herself for months.    Sedwick went for help at her school, but they did not take her seriously enough.  A 14 year old and her parents may be getting arrested because of the terrible events and bullying that took place.  What was even more astonishing to me is that after Sedwick killed herself one of the girls who was bullying her made her Facebook status, “IK I bullied REBECCA and she killed herself but IDGAF.”  I thought that was the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard.  I cannot get over that this child had no remorse for bullying someone so much that they killed themselves.  Parents need to be more aware of what their children are doing.  Children need to be taught and brought up in a safe environment.  As a result of the new social media and technology that children grow up in this generation there is no way to monitor what children are doing on a daily basis.  Parents did not grow up with the same media their children are growing up with, so it is hard for them to fully understand the dangers that come with this technology.  Parents need to be more aware of bullying, the way children bully each other, who bullies who, and who their children are close with and speaking too.  Parents need to take bullying more seriously.