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Study links teenage bullying to social status

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Scientists have confirmed an axiom of teenage life: Kids intent on climbing the social ladder at school are more likely to pick on their fellow students.

The finding, reported in Tuesday's edition of the American Sociological Review, lends an air of authenticity to TV shows like "Gossip Girl" and the 2004 movie "Mean Girls." More importantly, it may suggest that efforts to combat bullying in schools should focus more closely on social hierarchies.

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Why empathy matters: Emily Bazelon offers tips for parents and educators

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Bullying in schools and online is a complex issue with many facets and even more potential solutions. But, all things told, there’s really one idea that parents and educators can focus on when talking to kids about how to end it: Empathy. 

 

Empathetic, confident kids are not only less likely to bully others, they’re also less likely to stand by and watch as other kids are subjected to bullying. And even if they don’t intervene at the time when the bullying occurs, empathetic children make better allies to others, which can dramatically improve the culture of the schoolyard or the chat room. 

 

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New Zealand: 94 per cent of teachers have seen school bullying | Scoop.co.nz

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In the first New Zealand study of its kind, a Victoria University researcher has found that 94 percent of the school staff she surveyed have seen bullying in their school.

 

Dr Vanessa Green, Head of Victoria’s School of Educational Psychology and Pedagogy, along with a team of postgraduate students, surveyed 860 teachers and senior staff from primary, intermediate and secondary schools around New Zealand about their experiences with, perceptions of, and attitudes towards bullying.

 

“The majority of teachers and senior school management personnel are concerned, and there is a general feeling that we need to do something about it,” says Dr Green.

 

Nearly half of those who took part in the survey said instances of verbal bullying were being brought to their attention weekly.

 

Other findings were that 68 per cent of respondents believe bullying begins between the preschool years and the ages of seven or eight, while just under half the respondents say that cyberbullying is mainly conducted by 11 to 14 year olds.

 

Dr Green says the study shows that bullying is a national problem that must be addressed.

 

“The internet has made bullying a more complex issue than it was 20 years ago and, as a result, it requires a more sophisticated response. The old methods may not be as effective as they were. We need to be thinking in a more creative way about how to address bullying,” she says.

 

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Traci Walker's curator insight, November 3, 2013 11:43 PM

Article about teachers noticing and/or ignoring bullying in school

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1 In 5 children Are victims of cyber bullying - What to watch out for

It is useful to know some of the warning signs to look out for to tell whether you kids are being bullied. Many of these will be much the same as real life bullying, i.e. at school -

Their school grades have droppedThey suddenly start failing tests that you know they should have passedThey seem preoccupied or bothered about somethingTheir sleep pattern becomes different – either sleeping too long or nowhere near enoughThey become irritable or are quick to angerThey exhibit signs of insecurity in place of previous confidence – bullying almost always damages one’s self-esteemSpending far more (or far less) time online may be an indication that they are either reacting to, or avoiding, some sort of issue

By keeping track of what your children are doing online, and monitoring their behaviour and moods, you should be able to give yourself a chance at least of detecting problems before they lead to tragedy or long-term issues.

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Schools could be sued for cyber bullying: experts

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The territory's schools could be sued if students become the victims of cyber bullying in Canberra playgrounds, academics say.

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Is it Normal for Teenagers to Lack Empathy?

Is it Normal for Teenagers to Lack Empathy? | Fitting In | Scoop.it

Is the Slow Maturation of the Prefrontal Cortex Correlated with Empathy?

 

Empathy is a trait we are all born with, this is because we are social creatures and have evolved to survive and thrive in small communities. Social conditioning determines if teenagers will learn to listen to their empathetic voice (consciousness) or otherwise.

 

I know that there are a significant number of research studies that indicate the prefrontal cortex is the last to develop and doesn't become fully formed until a person is in his or her mid twenties. As a result of theses studies, the popular interpretation is that due to an immature prefrontal cortex, teenagers are more apt to make irrational decisions, and have a poor sense of empathy.

I disagree with this popular interpretation...

 

by Ugo Uche, M.S., L.P.C.


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The Secret Online Life Of Teenagers [Infographic]

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Are you a teenager, and do you know you are practicing unsafe behavior online? A secret online life is not only bad for your computer but dangerous to you.

 

Read more, a MUST:

http://www.bitrebels.com/social/secret-online-life-infographic/

 


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Teenagers who 'want to be famous' face poorer job prospects in later life

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(PhysOrg.com) -- Teenagers who have unclear career aspirations, or whose ambitions are mismatched with their educational expectations spend more time in unemployment as adults and achieve lower wages according to a new University of Sussex-led study.

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Worried over weight, British teenagers skipping breakfasts - Celebrity Balla

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A British study has found children as young as 10 being unhappy for their weight. Since they feel they need to shed weight, one in six teenagers is skipping their morning meals.
Read more at http://www.celebrityballa.com/2013/07/100352/worried-over-weight-british-teenagers-skipping-breakfasts#eSsP73xpuC01FKPO.99


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Cyber bullying victim urging others to think twice - News1130

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PITT MEADOWS (NEWS1130) – A plea from the young woman victimized at a rave in Pitt Meadows more than two years ago.

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Kiersten McGeary's comment, March 18, 2013 7:39 PM
I am going to use this article to appeal to the audience's emotions and make them realize how real cyber bullying is.
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Cyber-bullying prompts school's look at social mores in a Facebook age

What is a friend? Answering that question is at the core of San Domenico School’s response to a cyber-bullying incident that sparked a yearlong reflection at the Marin County Catholic school.

The incident resulted in the student’s temporary suspension and led administrators to hold a number of meetings and bring in speakers to address the topic with students and parents.

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Speaker addresses cyber bullying after learning hardest lesson

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Tina Meier wants parents to take cyber bullying seriously.

The founder of the Megan Meier Foundation and one of the nation’s most renowned speakers on cyber bullying and cyber safety stood before more than 200 parents of local school children and shared her story.

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Cyber bullying on social media is at 'a breaking point,' says NDP MP ... - National Post

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National PostCyber bullying on social media is at 'a breaking point,' says NDP MP ...National Post“Nowadays, with cyber bullying, with social media, it has gotten to a breaking point,” said Morin, whose motion comes in the tragic wake of a...

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In School, Babies Teach Older Children to Consider Feelings and Needs of Others | PBS NewsHour | March 28, 2013

In School, Babies Teach Older Children to Consider Feelings and Needs of Others | PBS NewsHour | March 28, 2013 | Fitting In | Scoop.it
A recent study found that schools with high levels of teasing and bullying had dropout rates above the national average.

 

JUDY WOODRUFF: Now: two stories about how children learn.

The first focuses on a Seattle program that uses babies to prevent bullying. A recent study by the University of Virginia found the dropout rate was 29 percent above average in schools with significant levels of teasing and bullying, compared to schools in the study with lower rates.

 


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Random Acts Of Kindness Can Make Kids More Popular

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In the aftermath of Christmas, a parent could be forgiven for thinking that materialism has trumped human kindness.

 

Take heart. Children can easily become kinder and more helpful. And that behavior makes them more positive, more accepting and more popular.

 

At least that's how it worked for fourth- and fifth-graders in Vancouver, Canada. Researchers there have been studying empathy and altruism in schoolchildren for decades.

 

"How do we decrease bullying, increase empathy and caring for others?" says Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, an applied developmental psychologist at the University of British Columbia who helped lead the experiment.

 

They wanted to see how performing random acts of kindness would influence that. But one measurement thrown into the mix almost as an afterthought — being liked by peers — was the quality most improved by helpful acts.

 

The researchers asked 9- to 11-year-olds in 19 classrooms to either perform three acts of kindness or visit three places each week (the tourists were the control group).

 

The acts of kindness were simple. The children gave mom a hug when she was stressed out, shared their lunches, or vacuumed the floor.

 

After four weeks, the researchers tested the kids and compared the results with tests they'd taken before. All the children had more positive emotions, and were slightly happier.


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D.j. Burrough's curator insight, October 10, 2013 4:01 PM

Probably works just as well for adults.

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Facebook Etiquette to be Taught in School to Avoid Cyber Bullying

Parents and online experts are pushing for an 'urgent' proposal to teach Social networking etiquette in school to tackle cyber bullying.

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How a digital 'bullying button' can help social workers tackle cyber-bullying - The Guardian

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The Guardian How a digital 'bullying button' can help social workers tackle cyber-bullying The Guardian As social care professionals, we aim to build trusting relationships with young people to allow them to open up about the abuse they may be...

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Shawn Green's curator insight, October 16, 2014 11:30 AM

This seems to be a simple and effective way to report bullying.

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Teenagers Sharing Passwords as Show of Affection

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Young people are expressing their affection by swapping passwords to e-mail, Facebook and other accounts.


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Dumb, Stupid or both ?
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Why Teenagers Need Peer Pressure to Become Adults

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"New studies on peer pressure suggest that teens may follow the herd because their brains derive more pleasure from social acceptance than adult brains, not because teens are less capable of making rational decisions..."

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Teenagers Want Face Time More Than Texting Time

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Despite all of the technology available to teenagers today, they still prefer meeting IRL to texting and "liking" each others' Facebook statuses. A new study out from Ericsson surveyed 2000 U.S.

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Teenage Sons's comment, September 23, 2014 11:53 AM
It's agreed here that young people want more face time with parents and other adults. I think it's important for parents to know this and act on it. Thanks for the info and getting this out there.
Hanis Mellani's curator insight, January 15, 2015 12:20 AM

Teenagers used social media on their phone to see their friends  frequently rather than meeting them in person.Studies shows that teenagers show their emotions more on the social media. I think that teenagers used social media as their social life as they wanted to escape reality such as stress. They also see social media as their 'world'.

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Starting School Later Makes Teenagers Happier and Smarter

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"Making teens start school in the morning is ‘cruel,’ brain doctor claims." So declared a British newspaper headline in 2007 after a talk I gave at an academic conference.

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Lynn Chong's curator insight, June 27, 2013 3:47 AM

The stress of not having enough sleep

Teenage Sons's comment, September 23, 2014 12:11 PM
I think we all wished this article came out when we were in school. Thanks for the info. Maybe we'll see this in more schools.
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Two Florida Teens Charged With Facebook Cyber Bullying

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Two southwest Florida teens were charged with felony aggravated stalking after authorities say they created a Facebook account in a classmate's name and posted a fake nude photograph of her.
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One in five children is victim of cyber-bullying – with girls targeted most

One in five young people has been a victim of cyber-bullying, which experts warn can cause more psychological damage than traditional forms of bullying.
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New Jersey teen arrested for 'cyber-bullying' two 12-year-olds on Facebook, over a girl - Crimesider - CBS News

New Jersey teen arrested for 'cyber-bullying' two 12-year-olds on Facebook, over a girl - Crimesider - CBS News | Fitting In | Scoop.it

14-year-old allegedly threatened severe harm to one victim Read more by Naimah Jabali-Nash on CBS News' Crimesider. (New Jersey teen arrested for 'cyber-bullying' two 12-year-olds on Facebook, over a girl : http://t.co/7tZgJSe)

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Cohoes High School student arrested for cyber bullying classmate - News 10 WTEN: Albany, New York News, Weather, Sports

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COHOES, N.Y.- Cohoes Police arrested a 16-year-old Cohoes High School student Thursday for harassing and cyber-bullying fellow students on a Facebook page.16-year-old Marquan Mackey-Meggs was arrested...

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