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V. Hypothetical Examples B. FAPE Violation, No Disability-Based Harassment Violation

V. Hypothetical Examples B. FAPE Violation, No Disability-Based Harassment Violation

A thirteen-year-old student with depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who receives counseling as part of her Section 504 services is often mocked by her peers for being poor and living in a homeless shelter. Read More

V. Hypothetical Examples C. No Disability-Based Harassment Violation, No FAPE Violation

V. Hypothetical Examples C. No Disability-Based Harassment Violation, No FAPE Violation

A seven-year-old student with a food allergy to peanuts has a Section 504 plan that provides for meal accommodations, the administration of epinephrine if the student is exposed to peanuts, access to a peanut-free table in the cafeteria, and the prohibition of peanut products in the student’s classroom. In advance of the upcoming Halloween party, the teacher reminds the class that candy with peanuts is prohibited in the classroom at all times, including Halloween. Read More

VI. Conclusion

VI. Conclusion

OCR is committed to working with schools, students, families, community and advocacy organizations, and others to ensure that schools understand and meet their legal obligations under Section 504 and Title II to appropriately address disability-based harassment and to ensure that students with disabilities who are bullied continue to receive FAPE. Read More

Intro: Dear Colleague Letter from The Assistant Secretary Catherine E. Lhamon October 21, 2014

Intro: Dear Colleague Letter from The Assistant Secretary Catherine E. Lhamon October 21, 2014

This guidance follows a long history of guidance issued by the Department in this critical area of disability discrimination. Read More

I. Overview of Federal Protections for Students with Disabilities in Schools

I. Overview of Federal Protections for Students with Disabilities in Schools

Under Section 504, recipients that operate a public elementary or secondary education program must provide students with disabilities equal educational opportunities. Among other things, this means they must ensure that students with disabilities receive FAPE, defined as the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services that are designed to meet the individual educational needs of students with disabilities as adequately as the needs of students without disabilities are met and that satisfy certain requirements concerning educational setting, evaluation, placement, and procedural safeguards. Read More

II. Schools’ Obligations to Address Disability-Based Harassment

II. Schools’ Obligations to Address Disability-Based Harassment

If a school’s investigation reveals that bullying based on disability created a hostile environment—i.e., the conduct was sufficiently serious to interfere with or limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by a school—the school must take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the bullying, eliminate the hostile environment, prevent it from recurring, and, as appropriate, remedy its effects. Read More

III. Bullying and the Denial of a Free Appropriate Public Education

III. Bullying and the Denial of a Free Appropriate Public Education

The bullying on any basis of a student with a disability who is receiving IDEA FAPE services or Section 504 FAPE services can result in the denial of FAPE that must be remedied under Section 504. Read More

IV. How OCR Analyzes Complaints Involving Bullying of Students with Disabilities

IV. How OCR Analyzes Complaints Involving Bullying of Students with Disabilities

Did the school know or should it have known that the effects of the bullying may have affected the student’s receipt of IDEA FAPE services or Section 504 FAPE services? Read More

V. Hypothetical Examples A. Disability-Based Harassment Violation and FAPE Violation

V. Hypothetical Examples A. Disability-Based Harassment Violation and FAPE Violation

At the start of the school year, a ten-year-old student with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a speech disability is fully participating in the classroom, interacting with his peers at lunch and recess, and regularly attending speech therapy twice a week. Read More

The Importance of Choice in PD

The Importance of Choice in PD

Despite coming to the profession with possible natural instinct and high-quality learning from their teacher programs, our most talented and dedicated teachers starve without continued education. Learning is their fuel. Read More

Workplace Bullying Is a Dangerous Form of Abuse—Here

Workplace Bullying Is a Dangerous Form of Abuse—Here's What to Do About It

The behavior escalated. White says she was singled out for failing to follow a company policy. Her work emails began to be ignored, and simple requests were refused. A project she was working on was dismantled. After years of great feedback, White received a low performance review. Read More

What to do when your child is the bully

What to do when your child is the bully

It’s a call no parent wants to get. There’s been a bullying incident at school. Problem is, it’s your child who’s the bully. Read More

To The Kids Who Picked on Me Because I Stutter

To The Kids Who Picked on Me Because I Stutter

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to go to school with a group of kids who rarely picked on me because I stuttered. I thank y’all for that. I know other people who stutter who were not as fortunate — who were picked on day in and day out because they spoke a familiar language in an unfamiliar accent. Unfortunately, though, there were instances when I was picked on because of how I spoke. Read More

Bullying of medical students has consequences — for future doctors and patients

Bullying of medical students has consequences — for future doctors and patients

Once the bully sneered that if I didn't study harder I'd end up a social worker, insulting me and the social worker I was chatting to at the time. Read More

How to Prevent Campus Bullying, Cyber Bullying and Social Aggression

How to Prevent Campus Bullying, Cyber Bullying and Social Aggression

Did you know that about 100,000 students drop out of college each year due to bullying, and that cyberbullying is increasing at the college level? Research indicates that first and second year college students are especially vulnerable, and can feel even more alone and isolated. If your college or university struggles to create a learning environment where individuality and diversity are truly respected and valued, you’re not alone. But you must know how to address incidents of cruelty, bias, bullying, cyberbullying, esterizing, and isolation. Because under Title IX, your responsibility is clear: educators must provide a safe and harassment-free environment that allows students to participate and benefit from their programs. Read More

Mike Dreiblatt Speaks at a Parent Workshop on Bullying

Mike Dreiblatt Speaks at a Parent Workshop on Bullying

As one of America’s favorite bullying prevention speakers and top motivational speakers, Mike Dreiblatt has successfully trained over 500,000 students, parents, teachers, faculty and staff how to stop bullying. His realistic and upbeat message helps schools create a positive culture and shows students how to stop the bullying, safely and effectively. Read More

Combating Cyber Bullying

Combating Cyber Bullying

Technology is used to promote deliberate, repeated, and hurtful behavior by an individual or group, with the intent to harm others. This is similar in many ways to our familiar notion of bullying. The key to bullying is that there has to be intent to harm a person with lesser power. Cyber bullies do their bullying through technology. Read More

A Parent’s Best Moves

A Parent’s Best Moves

Dreiblatt says that, in elementary school, physical bullying tends to be most prevalent, but it may not be deliberately malicious. Read More

Selecting Effective Anti-Bullying Programs

Selecting Effective Anti-Bullying Programs

The key principle to use in selecting programs is to look for comprehensive and ongoing approaches, as opposed to 'one-shot' events or short-term projects, which are unlikely to have lasting impact or to create cultural change. Read More

Things You Can Do to Prevent Bullying Right Now

Things You Can Do to Prevent Bullying Right Now

“Bullying is a pattern of repeated aggressive behavior, with negative intent, directed from one child to another where there is a power imbalance.” – Dan Olweus, Norway Read More

The Influence of Teachers and Celebrities Grows as Kids’ Worries Increase and Extend into New Territories

The Influence of Teachers and Celebrities Grows as Kids’ Worries Increase and Extend into New Territories

Teachers  lead an expanding circle of influence in kids' lives, and the role of celebrities is also increasing rapidly. But kids still turn to their parents first with a problem or something to say. Read More

Forgiveness Is a Choice

Forgiveness Is a Choice

Forgiveness is hard, and often we don’t feel that the person(s) responsible for hurting others should be given any liberty at all. Have you ever wondered how and why someone would choose to forgive an assailant who caused unnecessary hurt and pain? Read More

Making Friends

Making Friends

Kids who have multiple good friends are at less risk of being threatened or harassed. Read More

Webinar Strategies to Reduce Bullying, Cyber Bullying, and Social Aggression

Webinar Strategies to Reduce Bullying, Cyber Bullying, and Social Aggression

Bullying prevention expert Mike Dreiblatt, president of standuptobullying.net, hosts an on-demand webinar for Lorman Education Services called, Strategies to Reduce Bullying, Cyber Bullying, and Social Aggression. Read More

Train Teachers Where to Draw the Line Between Bullying and Teasing

Train Teachers Where to Draw the Line Between Bullying and Teasing

School leaders should maintain balance in their anti-bullying strategies by training staff to recognize the difference between playful, appropriate teasing and hurtful taunting. Read More

Help! There’s A Bully in My Class

Help! There’s A Bully in My Class

Now that school is starting again, teachers nationwide are getting to know their new students’ personalities. Some are shy, some are outgoing and some are… bullies. Read More

Is your child being bullied or harassed?

Is your child being bullied or harassed?

How do parents differentiate between the average minimally-communicative adolescent and a child who truly has something on his or her mind? Read More

Principles Put in to Practice

Principles Put in to Practice

In the halls, on the bus, in classes and the lunchroom, here are the tools to improve school climate, build relationships and stop the bullying. Read More

OUR BELIEF SYSTEM

OUR BELIEF SYSTEM

These are our sustaining values. They are the guiding principles that form the basis of our work. Read More

Talking to a Trusted Adult

Talking to a Trusted Adult

“That’s not tattling. That’s telling! The bullies may call you a tattler, or a snitch or something just to stop you from getting help so they can keep bullying you. That’s a trick of theirs.” And it’s a good trick, I thought. But they weren’t going to trick me! Read More

Assertively Say, “Stop!” Then Walk Away

Assertively Say, “Stop!” Then Walk Away

Remember, it is important to do all these things; stay calm, use strong body language, make good eye contact, have a clear tone of voice and keep your words short and to the point. It’s important to do all these things as the same time or the bully might be tempted to continue. Read More

Walking Away From a Bully Without Saying Anything

Walking Away From a Bully Without Saying Anything

“Walk away with your head up, back straight and a normal walking pace, focused on going to another place, preferably to where there are other people, perhaps adults. This doesn’t mean that you have to go and stand right beside an adult or even tell an adult what is happening.” Read More

Ignoring the Bully

Ignoring the Bully

“Ignoring takes a lot of self-control. It is not wimping out. The bully is setting a trap. By ignoring the bully, you choose not to fall for the trap.” Read More

I Just Want the Bullying to Stop

I Just Want the Bullying to Stop

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: “‘The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that’s fair.”’ In these words he epitomized the history of the human race. —Bertrand Russell Read More

If Your Child is Bullied...

If Your Child is Bullied...

Bullying: when a person or group uses power - such as physical, verbal or social - to hurt or intimidate someone or a group who has less power. Read More

Standing Up to a Bully

Standing Up to a Bully

If your child is verbally bullied, teach him or her how to respond effectively. Discuss the following strategies with your child. Practicing the strategies with you or another trusted adult will help develop the confidence to end the bullying. If the bullying is happening at school, speak to your child's classroom teacher or advisor so they can help. Read More

Working With the School If Your Child is Bullied

Working With the School If Your Child is Bullied

If your child is continually bullied, work with the school to make sure your child is safe. Here are some suggestions: Read More

Bullying Statistics and Studies

Bullying Statistics and Studies

A few years ago I was talking about social aggression with one of my two sons. My son was in middle school, and I asked him to critique a presentation on social aggression that I was preparing. He listened and then said: “Dad, why do you say that girls are mostly affected by social aggression or do more social aggression? I know plenty of boys in my school who manipulate, gossip, and leave people out. It’s not just a girl problem. It bothers guys, too.” I’m glad I asked an expert in the field. He was absolutely right.—MD Read More

Mike Dreiblatt interviewed by Chili Most of radio station WVFG 107.5 FM in Uniontown, Alabama on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 11:30 am, EDT

Mike Dreiblatt interviewed by Chili Most of radio station WVFG 107.5 FM in Uniontown, Alabama on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 11:30 am, EDT

We are pleased to announce that Mike Dreiblatt, president of standuptobullying.net is going to be interviewed by Chili Most of radio station WVFG 107.5 FM in Uniontown, Alabama on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 11:30 am, EDT. Read More

Bullying On Campus -- Teachers Talk Live

Bullying On Campus -- Teachers Talk Live

Bullying happens throughout schools on a regular basis and even with media exposure and education, the problem continues. How do we better educate the public? How is legislation in each different state improving the current situation? How do we instill empathy and kindness into our fellow humans? What programs are working and where do we need the most growth? Read More

Helping Students Deal with Cyber-Bullies

Helping Students Deal with Cyber-Bullies

Many cyber-bullies look for ways to involve their peers in a 'cyber-fight' or other cruel behavior on the internet. Whether a target or encouraged to join in on bullying, discuss the following with your children. Students need to know how to respond to cyber-bullying. Read More

Talk to a Trusted Adult

Talk to a Trusted Adult

Teaching a target of bullying how to stop the bullying him/herself builds confidence, resiliency, and problem-solving skills. However, by definition of being bullied, the target is at a major disadvantage and may not be able to stop the hurtful behavior. Thus, everyone needs to know that sometimes one needs a person in authority to assist in resolving problems and that it's not tattling or a sign of weakness. This video discusses these concepts and provides suggestions on where to find a trusted adult and how to request assistance. Read More

Telling the Bully to "Stop"

Telling the Bully to "Stop"

Often a first best choice when being bullied, or as a back-up plan, is to tell the bully to "Stop" or "Cut it out." The trick is to learn how to do it assertively (not aggressively, especially when outmatched). Read More

Coaching Questions

Coaching Questions

Supporters of using a coaching model claim it provides a consistent framework for the flow of the coaching session. They say using a coaching model gives structure to the conversation and guides the process to help ensure better outcomes. What is your view? Read More

Situational Analysis - School Bullying

Situational Analysis - School Bullying

Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. There are several things school staff can do to make schools safer and prevent bullying. Read More

What can I do about school bullying?

What can I do about school bullying?

When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. Read More

Situational Analysis - Workplace Bullying and Harassment

Situational Analysis - Workplace Bullying and Harassment

The recent #MeToo movement has left many business owners and HR departments wondering what they can do to improve workplace bullying and harassment training in their companies. Read More

Do you practice assertiveness techniques with your students?

Do you practice assertiveness techniques with your students?

Do you practice assertiveness techniques with your students? Read More

Ignoring the Bully 2

Ignoring the Bully 2

https://youtu.be/W6FoF1jSPnA Blog See bullying prevention lessons put into action. Steve Breakstone and Michael Dreiblatt Ignoring the Bully 2 Read More

Walking Away from the Bully

Walking Away from the Bully

Want to learn how to assertively walk away from a bully? Read More

Bullying is the abuse of the difference in power

Bullying is the abuse of the difference in power

Bullying is all about the ABUSE of the difference in power. The difference in power can take different forms, size, age, skills, popularity, etc. This short video shares the different types of bullying and begins the process of teaching children how to stop it when they witness it. Read More

Forgive Yourself

Forgive Yourself

Forgiving yourself is not easy but it can happen. Remember, forgiving yourself is a process. It may involve making amends in whatever way possible. Sometimes people make amends through acts that undo harm, or through practicing kindness to others, or through offering forgiveness when others have hurt you. Read More

Definition of Bullying

Definition of Bullying

Bullying is often defined as the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated over time. Bullying can also be defined as the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power. Bullying behaviors includes verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion. Read More

PLCs Considerations for the Future

PLCs Considerations for the Future

Professional learning communities may be a cost-effective strategy for teacher professional development in impoverished communities. Many aspects of effective professional learning communities can be supported through institutional structures and incentives within schools themselves, without the need to pay for teachers' transportation and room and board to attend off-site training sessions. Read More

PLC Literature Review

PLC Literature Review

In this Literature Review, I discuss the existing research on professional development, professional learning communities, and group reflection and their impact on instruction and learning. Based on the literature, I argue that professional development, professional learning communities, and other forms of group reflection can have a positive impact on instruction and learning. Read More

Lessening Teacher Isolation

Lessening Teacher Isolation

Do you think teachers are isolated from one another? What is your school doing to bring teachers together? Please share your thoughts with us. Read More

Senior centers an unlikely breeding ground for bullying

Senior centers an unlikely breeding ground for bullying

The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty. Read More

10 Things Teachers Should Never Do When Teaching Native Kids

10 Things Teachers Should Never Do When Teaching Native Kids

Don’t ask Native students to speak for their entire race: Every tribe is different as are opinions among Indigenous Peoples Read More

Why Do We Reward Bullies?

Why Do We Reward Bullies?

If we hate bullies, why are they rewarded in the public sphere with fame, attention and even electoral success? Why aren’t they repudiated? Read More

I Am a Witness

I Am a Witness

Have you ever witnessed someone getting bullied and wished there was something you say or do to make them feel better? Now you can. Download the I am a witness keyboard to send inspiring and uplifting images, posts and gifs to someone that needs support. Read More

Instagram will now filter out bullying comments

Instagram will now filter out bullying comments

The comment filter was originally introduced last year, with a focus on toxic and divisive comments, but the update today broadens what gets hidden to include the aforementioned types of comments. Users will also be able to disable the filter if they’d like to see the unedited comments on their feeds as well, but it will be enabled by default. Read More

Vickroy: 2 sisters, a bully and the apology 60 years in the making that set them free

Vickroy: 2 sisters, a bully and the apology 60 years in the making that set them free

Bruce Smit, 71, recently met with Lorraine O'Kelly and Kathleen Rys, two sisters that he and others bullied during grammar school. Tortured for years by the memory of his behavior, Smit said the opportunity to apologize has been "cathartic." Read More

Rez Gossip Can Be Vicious and Deadly

Rez Gossip Can Be Vicious and Deadly

There’s a difference between a concerned community member and a gossip Read More

How to Cope When You

How to Cope When You're Being Bullied at Work

If you find yourself in a situation like this, look for allies at work who can remind you that this behavior has nothing to do with you. Read More

When Teens Cyberbully Themselves

When Teens Cyberbully Themselves

She set up ghost accounts on Instagram and posted mean comments about herself, saying things like, 'I think you're creepy and gay,' and 'Don't sit next to me again.' Read More

Yankees players, manager post anti-bullying message

Yankees players, manager post anti-bullying message

"To see our guys stand up and have a role in that is not surprising because I know all those guys in that room and the character that they [have]," Boone said. "It was something that we're glad that we could maybe play a small role in helping a bad situation out." Read More

Writer: You can

Writer: You can't laugh off bullying

I saw a video on Facebook of a man who, after nearly 40 years, had a chance to confront his bully, now a school superintendent, who denied the accusation. Read More

Why Pretty Girls Get Bullied

Why Pretty Girls Get Bullied

It has been well established that men are more physically aggressive than women. However, women are much more likely to engage in what is called indirect “relational” aggression and gossip is the weapon of choice in the female arsenal. Consequently, women are more likely than men to socially ostracize others, and this sex difference shows up as early as the age of six. Read More

Modeling Assertiveness With Students

Modeling Assertiveness With Students

Assertiveness is a key concept in social and emotional learning and represents the middle ground between the extremes of aggression and passivity. When people behave aggressively, they prioritize their own needs and may use threats to get what they want. When people behave passively, they do things they don’t want to do because they feel pressured or threatened by others. Read More

Is the ‘Condom Snorting Challenge’ a Real Teen Trend?

Is the ‘Condom Snorting Challenge’ a Real Teen Trend?

As with the Tide pod challenge, the press went into full-on moral panic mode in their coverage of condom snorting. Fox News was one of many news outlets warning that the “disturbing new trend” could be deadly. Read More

Tina Fey on the Lasting Legacy of ‘Mean Girls,’ Its Road to Broadway and Time’s Up

Tina Fey on the Lasting Legacy of ‘Mean Girls,’ Its Road to Broadway and Time’s Up

“Mean Girls” coincides with a time of seismic changes in Hollywood, as the industry starts to realize the need for more stories about women. “I think it’s long overdue,” says Fey, who hopes we are at a tipping point. “I’d like to believe from here on out, this gives people a point of reference. I actually think Time’s Up is a very good name. It’s sort of saying, ‘I know we used to do it this way, but from now on we’re not.’” Read More

Social and emotional intelligence training will save lives — not more guns

Social and emotional intelligence training will save lives — not more guns

Yes, there may be tradeoffs for teaching time and school funding and we cannot ask teachers to work overtime. But the lack of social emotional intelligence among teachers and administrations and the lack of social emotional intelligence learning among students has proven fatal. Read More

14 UFC and Bellator stars who were bullied growing up

14 UFC and Bellator stars who were bullied growing up

You’re doing your job right if you bully opponents in MMA. But you’d be surprised at the number of MMA stars who were bullied before they ever stepped into the cage. Read More

13 POWERFUL PHRASES PROVEN TO HELP AN ANXIOUS CHILD CALM DOWN

13 POWERFUL PHRASES PROVEN TO HELP AN ANXIOUS CHILD CALM DOWN

If your child struggles with anxiety, you know the challenge of finding the right things to say when he or she is worried. It’s not easy to connect without making the fears worse, while at the same time offering support and encouragement. Read More

Proposed bill would allow teachers to use ‘reasonable force’ to prevent bullying

Proposed bill would allow teachers to use ‘reasonable force’ to prevent bullying

Teachers and staff would be allowed to remove bullies from schools. Victims would be able to require a bully to change schools. Right now, the victims are the ones most often moved. Teachers would also be allowed to use reasonable force to protect themselves and students from violent students. Read More

Why Fining Parents for Bullying Will Intensify Hostilities

Why Fining Parents for Bullying Will Intensify Hostilities

Lawmakers are desperately seeking ways to make schools safe from bullying. In less than one month – April 20 – we will be commemorating the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, the incident that ignited the worldwide anti-bullying crusade. Despite thousands of research studies on bullying and on bullying prevention programs, bullying is proving to be a stubborn epidemic. Read More

Bullies Have Left the Playground

Bullies Have Left the Playground

Workplace bullying is “repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons, by one or more perpetrators in the form of verbal abuse, offensive conduct/behavior and work interference.” Read More

Bullying, Harassment Remain

Bullying, Harassment Remain 'Significant Problem' in US Schools

Biased remarks, bullying and harassment remain "a significant problem" in U.S. schools, according to a report released this week by GLSEN, a national organization dedicated to school safety and equality. The report, titled "From Teasing to Torment," found 74 percent of middle and high school students experienced some form of peer victimization in the past school year. Read More

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

One of the best ways to maintain a quiet classroom is to catch students at the door before they enter. During these encounters, behavior management expert Rob Plevin recommends using "non-confrontational statements" and "informal chit-chat" to socialize kids into productive behaviors, as modeled in Plevin's video. Read More

Teaching Teenagers to Cope With Social Stress

Teaching Teenagers to Cope With Social Stress

Students essentially taught themselves this mental buffer, and when they were inevitably rattled by social stress, they had a reassuring interpretation ready to frame it. Read More

Parents Often Battle To Get Their Children Mental Health Services At School

Parents Often Battle To Get Their Children Mental Health Services At School

School has been a real challenge for them. That’s not unusual for the 1 in 5 children with a mental illness. They often suffer anxiety, difficulty focusing and social challenges. Half of them drop out of high school, in part because many schools don’t manage to meet their needs Read More

Students Are More Successful In Preventing Bullying In School Than Teachers & Adults

Students Are More Successful In Preventing Bullying In School Than Teachers & Adults

Bullied children have increased risks of depression, low self-esteem, poor school performance, and suicide. Bullying is most rampant in middle school, with verbal and social discrimination as its most common types, according to StopBullying.gov. Read More

How to Apologize

How to Apologize

A good apology will communicate three things: regret, responsibility, and remedy. Read More

Why Punishment Won

Why Punishment Won't Stop a Bully

The least thoughtful (or useful) strategy is to announce a "zero tolerance" stance on bullying. Either this phrase amounts to empty rhetoric—rather like responding to repeated instances of gun violence in our country by sending each cluster of victims our "thoughts and prayers"—or else it refers to a policy of harsh punishment for bullies. Read More

Conviction Thrown Out for Rutgers Student in Tyler Clementi Case

Conviction Thrown Out for Rutgers Student in Tyler Clementi Case

An appeals court in New Jersey on Friday threw out the conviction of the former roommate of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University freshman who killed himself six years ago after he was spied on while having sex with another man. Read More

Protecting your kids online takes a lot more than tracking their devices

Protecting your kids online takes a lot more than tracking their devices

She soon talked to friends, one who discovered her daughter using her phone in the middle of the night. Another said her daughter came to her after posting a video on YouTube in which she was wearing a bikini at a pool. A man from another country had tried to get the teen to contact him. Read More

Michigan ranks No. 1 as state with worst bullying problem

Michigan ranks No. 1 as state with worst bullying problem

The National Education Association reports that more than 160,000 children miss school every day out of fear of being bullied. Read More

Fists not football: Brain injuries seen in domestic assaults

Fists not football: Brain injuries seen in domestic assaults

The abuse from her ex-partner took a heavy emotional toll, Contreras says. But even though he sometimes knocked her out, she hadn't considered that her brain might have been as damaged as her psyche. Read More

Anti-Bullying Legislation Has Mixed Results

Anti-Bullying Legislation Has Mixed Results

Many forms of bullying among elementary and high-school students gradually declined after anti-bullying legislation took effect in one U.S. state, but the chance of being cyberbullied increased, according to a study published online in Injury Epidemiology. Read More

Why bullying is such a successful evolutionary strategy

Why bullying is such a successful evolutionary strategy

To get to the top, alpha males often bully any chimp who stands in their way. "Chimps are 'natural bullies' and I have seen it often," says Richard Wrangham of Harvard University in Cambridge, US. Read More

75% Of Workers Are Bullied -- What To Do About It

75% Of Workers Are Bullied -- What To Do About It

Workplace bullying is frighteningly common and takes an enormous toll on our businesses. Research has determined that almost 75% of employees surveyed had been affected by workplace bullying, whether as a target or a witness. Read More

Why Your Friends Are More Likely to Cyber Bully You

Why Your Friends Are More Likely to Cyber Bully You

The study found your current or former friends or partners are seven times more likely to cyber bully you than someone who you've never been friends with or dated before. Read More

The Rise of the Internet Fan Bully

The Rise of the Internet Fan Bully

Typically, girl group loyalism falls into the benign end of human self-sorting. But in the crucible of online fandom, demographic distinctions can coarsen into warring factions. A fan fantasy that frames the band members as hating one another — and paints one of them as rude, stupid, evil, and deserving of death because she is black — is no longer just idle fan fictions. Read More

Gay and Lesbian High School Students Report ‘Heartbreaking’ Levels of Violence

Gay and Lesbian High School Students Report ‘Heartbreaking’ Levels of Violence

The first nationwide study to ask high school students about their sexuality found that gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers were at far greater risk for depression, bullying and many types of violence than their straight peers. Read More

OPINION: BULLY PROOF CHILDREN - IS IT TIME TO SHOW BULLIES LOVE?

OPINION: BULLY PROOF CHILDREN - IS IT TIME TO SHOW BULLIES LOVE?

Schools have ongoing talks and educational programs to illustrate to scholars the harm, the small-mindedness and the damage bullying causes. Consequences for bullying include detention, demerits and sometimes sought-after attention for the bullies. I think this may enhance their imagined sense of power. Read More

What Happens When The Online Bully Is A Child With Special Needs

What Happens When The Online Bully Is A Child With Special Needs

Children with special needs often feel targeted by peers at school. Social media can be a powerful tool to fight back. Read More

Something Is Missing in High School Hazing Stories: Adults

Something Is Missing in High School Hazing Stories: Adults

Three senior football players at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pa., are charged with assaulting a freshman in a hazing ritual called No Gay Thursdays. Read More

Study Links Kindergartners’ Stumbles With Rocky Home Lives

Study Links Kindergartners’ Stumbles With Rocky Home Lives

Very young children who endure neglect, abuse and dysfunctional home lives go on to struggle as kindergartners, leaving them at risk for more difficult years as adolescents and adults, a new study finds. Read More

Tia Mowry Claps Back at Body Shamer by Tagging Her Bully

Tia Mowry Claps Back at Body Shamer by Tagging Her Bully's Employer

I don't normally do this, but I wanted to prove a point. I just posted a few days ago about embracing and uplifting others about body image. Read More

Controlling Parents Lead To Mean College Kids: How To Prevent Your Kid From Being Awful

Controlling Parents Lead To Mean College Kids: How To Prevent Your Kid From Being Awful

Although college-aged students are often in the process of leaving the nest, they still rely on their parents for financial and emotional support. Thanks to text, email, and social media, parents can decide to withdraw both money and affection as punishment or a means of getting the result they desire. Unfortunately, this will only stunt students' newly found independence. Read More

Anti-LGBT Bullying Has Long-Term Mental Health Consequences, Study Finds

Anti-LGBT Bullying Has Long-Term Mental Health Consequences, Study Finds

Referencing the “It Gets Better” campaign, which was a response to suicides by young people who were bullied for being LGBT, Mustanksi noted, “On average it’s getting better as kids are getting older, but there are some groups of kids where things are getting worse or staying pretty bad.” Read More

Bullying: Premature Babies May Be More Likely To Be Bullied

Bullying: Premature Babies May Be More Likely To Be Bullied

"Being bullied has a significant and lasting impact for those preemies, even into their 30s," said Kimberly Day, lead author of the study and Lawson Postdoctoral Fellow at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster, in a news release. "This has important implications for parents, teachers, and clinicians who need to be aware of the long-term effects of peer victimization on mental health. They need to watch out for bullying and intervene when possible." Read More

City to pay for bullied girl’s private school tuition

City to pay for bullied girl’s private school tuition

“I think it’s an important decision, not only for my family, but for all children with special needs who have faced these issues before.” Read More

Thriving After Bullying: A True Story

Thriving After Bullying: A True Story

People who meet me today often don't believe that I was a victim of bullying for most of my young life. From the age of about 10 until I switched schools at the age of 17, I was teased mercilessly by the "cool" kids. Read More

Athletes & Coaches Can Make Impact On Bullying Crisis

Athletes & Coaches Can Make Impact On Bullying Crisis

Recently the basketball team from Ooltewah HS in Chattanooga, Tennessee took a road trip to a basketball tournament. Two of his teammates held a player down while a third player raped him with an object. This was their way of hazing him. Two coaches and the athletic director knew this happened and did not immediately report it to the police. Read More

A doctor’s dilemma: How to treat the angry patient

A doctor’s dilemma: How to treat the angry patient

While the vast majority of our patients are lovely, we still see these kinds behaviors with some frequency. It is difficult to discern which incidents merit action. Our receptionist smiles easily and has a bell-like laugh, but lately she has been a bit more solemn in our staff meetings. Read More

To stop bullying, get the popular kids on board

To stop bullying, get the popular kids on board

The researchers note that these influential students do not necessarily meet the definition of “popular” in the ‘80’s-Molly-Ringwald-movie mentality of “cool kids” who are “kind of loved and loathed,” Paluck said. Rather, they might be leaders among different groups of students, such as the head of the theater club or the leader of the band. Read More

High school bully get 3 years in prison for assault

High school bully get 3 years in prison for assault

An Athens teen this week was sentenced to prison for viciously assaulting a Cedar Shoals High School student who he had bullied. Read More

Childhood Bullying: Serious Long-term Consequences

Childhood Bullying: Serious Long-term Consequences

The largest study of its kind once again underscores just how harmful childhood bullying is, with victims much more likely to be diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder in adulthood, new research shows. Read More

Caught on camera: Teachers bullying special-needs students | Editorial

Caught on camera: Teachers bullying special-needs students | Editorial

It's happened again. A video shows students in a South Jersey classroom being beaten, bullied or mistreated, allegedly by members of the school staff. Read More

'I was the mean girl': Tina Fey, 45, admits she used to be cruel because she felt like 'less'

'For me it was about hitting age 13 and realizing, "OK, I’m not going to glide by on looks. I’m a normal-looking person, but that’s not going to be where my bread is buttered." Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3365886/Tina-Fey-admits-mean-girl-talks-working-longtime-pal-Amy-Poehler-never-having-explain-herself.html#ixzz3uyadK9Dr Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook Read More

Standing up to bullying

Standing up to bullying

"There is no federal definition of what bullying is," said Michael Dreiblatt, president of Stand Up to Bullying. "When I work with students, because the law can be hard to understand, I define bullying as the abuse of the difference in power. It's being mean or leaving people out on purpose." Read More

Exposure to Bullying Linked to Later Mental Illness

Exposure to Bullying Linked to Later Mental Illness

A new study of Finnish children has found that exposure to bullying as a child was associated with psychiatric disorders in adulthood that required treatment. Read More

Cyberbullying insurance? That’s a real thing one company is offering in the United Kingdom.

Cyberbullying insurance? That’s a real thing one company is offering in the United Kingdom.

It's no secret that online trolling can be disruptive. Some of its most extreme forms like swatting -- where a harasser fakes an emergency to get police to raid a victim's home -- are real world safety threats. Read More

Disney Star on Bullying, Her ‘Monster’ Teen Years, and What Her Mom Got Right

Disney Star on Bullying, Her ‘Monster’ Teen Years, and What Her Mom Got Right

Yahoo Parenting sat down with the mother-daughter duo for their first-ever joint interview to talk about child stardom, bullies, and why the teen years are so hard — for kids and for parents. Read More

Expert on cyber bullying talks with local grade school students

Expert on cyber bullying talks with local grade school students

"The scariest thing today is cyber bullying, the stuff that's going on Instagram, the stuff that's going on Snapchat. This type of bullying is really almost out of control, and that's scary too. We want to at least make the students aware of the dangers of that," Burke explains. "To give the kids an awareness of how to stop it and maybe try and control it, that's the best thing we are looking for today." Read More

9 Ways We Bully Our Kids Without Realizing It

9 Ways We Bully Our Kids Without Realizing It

As a mom of two, I understand our cultural outrage about this subject and, like so many others, I sometimes point fingers at the parents of bullies, particularly those who set bad examples by being bullies themselves. Yes, parents can be bullies too. Read More

Childhood Bullies at Higher Risk for These Disorders

Childhood Bullies at Higher Risk for These Disorders

“The bullies’ own body dissatisfaction could fuel their taunting of others. Our findings tell us to raise our vigilance for eating disorders in anyone involved in bullying exchanges—regardless of whether they are the aggressor, the victim or both,” she said. Read More

Kylie Jenner’s Heartbreaking Confession: ‘I’ve Been Bullied My Whole Life’

Kylie Jenner’s Heartbreaking Confession: ‘I’ve Been Bullied My Whole Life’

Kylie Jenner opened up about her struggles with being bullied during her appearance on ‘The Ellen Show’. Read More

In L.A. Unified, restorative justice has been slow to take hold

In L.A. Unified, restorative justice has been slow to take hold

Restorative justice is a wonderful concept; a way to make student discipline less punitive and more productive. But in Los Angeles Unified, it's little more than a slogan, generally misunderstood and rarely applied. Read More

Sexting Arrests, Suspensions Rock Long Island High Schools as Questions Swirl

Sexting Arrests, Suspensions Rock Long Island High Schools as Questions Swirl

Twenty students at a Long Island high school have been suspended for viewing cellphone video of a sexual encounter between a girl and a boy at a neighboring school, and their parents are outraged over the punishment, insisting their children didn't know what they were getting when they received the video, and that they deleted it right away. Read More

700-pound online bully transforms his life — with help from those he bullied

700-pound online bully transforms his life — with help from those he bullied

"The thing about trolling is that it's easy to become disconnected from it — you don't see your victims, you don't see what it does to them," Shand said. "It's easy to forget these are human beings." Read More

Colorado’s Sexting Nightmare

Colorado’s Sexting Nightmare

Cañon City High School students are right to be afraid of the consequences of a sex offender designation. Read More

Suspension Ban Creates Stressed Teachers, Unruly Students in LAUSD; Lack of Support Blamed

Suspension Ban Creates Stressed Teachers, Unruly Students in LAUSD; Lack of Support Blamed

The district itself has only been able to provide training to 307 of the 900 campuses it oversees, and the Times says only a third of the district’s 181 secondary schools will be reached by counselors, "where discipline problems are the most acute.” - See more at: http://www.educationworld.com/a_news/suspension-ban-creates-stressed-teachers-and-unruly-students-lausd-lack-support-blamed#sthash.OhwBVhnV.dpuf Read More

This Video Of Students Bullying A Chicago School Teacher Is Hard To Watch

This Video Of Students Bullying A Chicago School Teacher Is Hard To Watch

The students, filmed in 2011 at Chicago Vocational Career Academy, according to the Daily Mail, are seen on video throwing things at the teacher and telling her “to sit your a** down.” A male student in a red shirt can be seen lurching towards the teacher as if he is going to hit her. Other students try to hold him back. At one point, he picks up a desk and holds it above his head as if he’s going to throw it. At another point, he threatens to smack the teacher in the face with a “whole bag of M&M’s.” Read More

Are We Too Quick to Call People

Are We Too Quick to Call People 'Bullies?'

As adults we’re expected to have a certain level of coping skills when it comes to dealing with socially inept or just plain disagreeable individuals. That said, research shows rude and cutting behavior in a healthcare setting can hurt concentration, collaboration and information transfer and therefore endanger patients. Read More

'You have a friend — us': Boy writes touching letter to the bully who spit at him

"You don't have to bully. If you don't have any friends, just make a friend — it's very simple," Nicolas wrote. "But you already have a friend — us. We will help you. We will be respectful, responsible and caring to you." Read More

Tyler Clementi’s Webcam Bully, Dharun Ravi, Wants a Retrial

Tyler Clementi’s Webcam Bully, Dharun Ravi, Wants a Retrial

Dharun Ravi, convicted on 15 counts in 2012 for offenses relating to webcamming his Rutgers roommate Tyler Clementi in an intimate encounter with another man, is seeking to have his case retried. Read More

Anti-Bullying Laws Have Clout

Anti-Bullying Laws Have Clout

"I think that this is comparable to the impact of anti-smoking and drinking efforts on youth incidences of lung cancer and deaths by drunk driving respectively -- a public policy treatment of a pervasive health issue that many thought beyond the reach of legislative intervention," Reeve told MedPage Today in an email. Read More

Emotional child abuse may be just as bad as physical harm

Emotional child abuse may be just as bad as physical harm

When it comes to psychological and behavioral health, both physical and emotional abuse can be equally damaging to children, a new study suggests. Read More

Carolyn Hax: Letting go of hate for bully can heal aching spirit

Carolyn Hax: Letting go of hate for bully can heal aching spirit

I got a kick out of a former bully when she promoted an anti-bully item on Facebook. We’re not Facebook friends, but I was itching to remind her of things she did in 1993. Read More

How to stop your kid from being the bully

How to stop your kid from being the bully

Finding out that your child is being bullied at school can be alarming, and learning strategies for protecting them can be a challenge. As unprepared as a parent might be, there is at least information out there on how to do the job. Now it's time to talk about the other side of the coin: What do you do when your child is the bully? Chances are, most parents can't even imagine that being true. We all rush to defend our kids' actions, sometimes when we know that it may not be justified, because we know them in a way that others couldn't possibly. That's completely understandable. But the fact is, the more we become aware of bullying and are less willing to excuse bullying behavior as "kids being kids," the more we have to face the reality that it could be one of our own kids doing the bullying. Read More

Blind teen thanks friend who defended him against bully at Southern California high school (VIDEO)

Blind teen thanks friend who defended him against bully at Southern California high school (VIDEO)

A blind teenager thanked the friend who stopped a bully from preying on him in his first interview since the fight. Read More

I was the unpopular kid. Now I

I was the unpopular kid. Now I'm a parent. Here's what I learned.

S.E. Cupp recalls being the victim of bullying when she moved to a new school in her teens. Now, as the mother of a young son, she is thinking about how she will equip him to cope. Read More

Monica Lewinsky:

Monica Lewinsky: 'Do I Wish My Past Were Different? Absolutely' – But Her Anti-Bullying Campaign Gives Her Pain Purpose

Lewinsky gave a rare interview over the weekend to launch Bystander Revolution's #Month of Action. "October is Bullying Prevention Month," she says. "We're rolling out a new challenge every day from our social media channels and website. Each of the challenges is designed to inspire people to act and form habits of action which move to shift the culture DASH which is really one of our goals." Read More

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Join the movement! The End of Bullying Begins with Me: that’s the message during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. It’s a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. Resources from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center make it easy to take action. PACER created the campaign in 2006 with a one-week event which has now evolved into a month-long effort that encourages everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement. PACER offers a variety of resources to use during October — and throughout the year — to inspire, educate and involve others to join the movement and prevent bullying where you live. Check out all of the different events and activities and make plans to get involved. Remember, the End of Bullying Begins With You! Read More

Bullying vs Violence

Bullying vs Violence

Though bullying is often considered a form of physical or psychological violence, bullying has some different root causes than other types of violence, and also may require different prevention strategies. Let’s compare bullying vs violence for a better understanding. Read More

There’s a gender gap in bullying — watch it widen as kids grow up

There’s a gender gap in bullying — watch it widen as kids grow up

Every other year, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is required to collect data on “key education and civil rights issues in our nation’s public schools.” A few years ago, the survey grew to include reports of bullying and harassment. An analysis of the 2011-2012 school year data show that disparities between bullying and harassment on the basis of sex increase between boys and girls as they progress through school. While girls at every level are harassed on the basis of their sex at a higher rate than boys, the disparities increase with age. Read More

Provocative new study finds bullies have highest self esteem, social status, lowest rates of depression

Provocative new study finds bullies have highest self esteem, social status, lowest rates of depression

A just-published Canadian study has added heft to a provocative new theory about bullying: that the behaviour is literally in the genes, an inherited trait that actually helps build social rank and sex appeal. If accepted, the hypothesis rooted in evolutionary psychology could transform how schools confront the persistent and often-shattering problem. Read More

Tackle bullying in your nursing team

Tackle bullying in your nursing team

As a manager or supervisor of a nursing team, you may spot a team member using bullying behaviour and decide to confront them. However, this can be challenging because workplace bullies are often adept at avoiding accountability for their use of aggression towards colleagues. Each bully will have their own tactics for avoiding responsibility during a confrontation with their manager or supervisor. These tactics often fall into two categories. Either the bully justifies their use of aggressive behaviour in the workplace by citing a need to drive their team members to prevent them from failing. Or the bully switches the conversation away from their bullying behaviour onto you, making you the problem for suggesting they are employing unwarranted aggression. Read More

Video game study finds losers more likely to harass women

Video game study finds losers more likely to harass women

A new study has found that men who harass women online are actual losers - at least when it comes to video games. Two researchers analysed how men treated women while playing 163 games of Halo 3. Read More

Bully That: Tips for Kids and Parents for Dealing With Bullies

Bully That: Tips for Kids and Parents for Dealing With Bullies

Many kids will be headed back to school in a few weeks. Most will be happy to see their friends but some are dreading the end of summer because it means they will have to face bullying. Bullying can start very early and can even be seen among kids who are still in pre-k. According to Dr. Craig Bach, VP of Education for The Goddard School, bullying can have long-term consequences but the earlier children learn to respond to it the less likely it is to have long-term consequences. Read More

Read Monica Lewinsky’s Moving Speech on Online Shaming

Read Monica Lewinsky’s Moving Speech on Online Shaming

Monica Lewinsky is back in the spotlight, this time as an activist working to end cyberbullying and online shaming. Almost two decades after she was thrust into international infamy for her affair with then President Bill Clinton, Lewinsky has emerged as a fierce advocate for victims of online shaming, arguing that her experience as a 22-year-old intern made her “patient zero” of online internet shaming, perhaps the earliest example of what internet shame can do to someone’s life. Read More

Fewer Kids Are Getting Bullied in School, Report Says

Fewer Kids Are Getting Bullied in School, Report Says

Bullying has dropped in recent years, according to a new study. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) compiled the latest data from 2013 on kids ages 12-18 who reported whether they had been bullied at school—or had been called names, made fun of, threatened, shoved or made the subject of rumors, among other destructive behaviors—during the school year. About 22% of students said that they had: an all-time low since 2005, when bullying statistics were first collected. (In 2011, by comparison, 28% of students surveyed had reported being bullied.) Read More

Questions still outnumber answers on bullying, says researcher

Questions still outnumber answers on bullying, says researcher

A leading researcher says remedies for school bullying remain elusive, although four decades of study have yielded many more clues to its devastation. Read More

Understanding the link between bullying and suicide

Understanding the link between bullying and suicide

Bullying, most of us probably know, can be a tremendously painful experience for a young person. Stories about teens like Phoebe Prince or Amanda Todd who killed themselves after experiencing bullying have driven this point home. All 50 states have some kind of anti-bullying law, and schools are increasingly being called upon to implement bullying prevention programs. Bullying and suicide are both significant public health concerns for children and adolescents, and we need to understand the link between the two. That means making sure that research evidence is integrated into the discussion so that we don’t jump to the wrong conclusions about bullying and suicide. Read More

DECODING THE PERSONALITY OF WORKPLACE BULLIES

DECODING THE PERSONALITY OF WORKPLACE BULLIES

Most offices have a bully: a person who is pushy and manipulative, and happy to terrorize and harass employees. These people are often quite dominant and socially skilled, and their main purpose is to bring others down in order to gain more status. It has been estimated that 20% of employees experience bullying on a regular basis, and this is mostly based on reported cases. Other studies estimate that up to 50% of employees will experience bullying at some point of their careers. Read More

Chronic Neglect Can Lead to Aggression in Kids

Chronic Neglect Can Lead to Aggression in Kids

Emerging research suggest parents who chronically neglect their children increase the chance that the child will develop aggressive and delinquent tendencies in adolescence. Researchers in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work believe the one factor that links neglect with those behaviors appears to be poor social skills. Read More

Could senders of sexually-explicit tweets about Curt Schilling

Could senders of sexually-explicit tweets about Curt Schilling's daughter face charges?

After Curt Schilling said he received a barrage of vulgar and sexually explicit comments online about his underage daughter, the former major league pitcher publicly identified two New Jersey men among the alleged perpetrators and pledged topursue whatever legal recourse possible. Schilling has described some of the messages, which he said included references to rape, as criminal. The former pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks told CBS "there is going to be, potentially, legal implications with a couple of these. They were that bad." Read More

Pink Shirt Day February 25, 2015

Pink Shirt Day February 25, 2015

Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. Over the month of February, CKNW we will be helping raise awareness on these issues and the guests will hopefully give us all the tools needed to stand up against bullies and step in when we see it happening. Then on February 25, 2015 we encourage all of you to wear a CKNW Orphans’ Fund Official Pink Shirt or pin to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere. We wish we could take credit for this idea but it comes from two incredible Nova Scotia high school students. Here is a snippet of the Globe & Mail article which inspired us: Read More

I Was the Maid of Honor for a Girl I Bullied Mercilessly

I Was the Maid of Honor for a Girl I Bullied Mercilessly

I made her preteen life a living hell; years later I’d be walking with her family down the aisle “Fatty, fatty, bom, bom!” I screamed, and the other 12-year-old girls around me laughed hysterically. Read More

Proven Workshops for Teachers  and Staff, Students and Parents

Proven Workshops for Teachers and Staff, Students and Parents

Bullying Workshops For Students, Staff, and Parents Read More

Ebola Bullies Shun African Immigrants in Schoolyard Panic

Ebola Bullies Shun African Immigrants in Schoolyard Panic

Children from Africa with no connection to the Ebola virus have been shunned at schools across the country because of something that may be far more contagious: bullying. In New York City, two Senegalese brothers — only 11 and 13 — were beaten so badly on the playground that they were taken to a hospital emergency room. Their bullies chanted: “Ebola! Get away from here!” Read More

Anonymous Apps Like Whisper and Secret Have a Dark Side

Anonymous Apps Like Whisper and Secret Have a Dark Side

An increasingly popular category of social media presents an enticing but potentially risky proposition for brands eager to reach teens and young adults. Services such as Ask.fm, Secret, Whisper and Yik Yak let individuals communicate anonymously, boasting millions of highly engaged users, many in the 18-24 sweet spot for brands. Marketers are putting their campaigns on these “anonymous apps” but proceeding with caution given the potential downside of appearing on platforms associated with cyberbullying, abusive content, teen suicide and, in the case of Ask.fm, reported recruitment by radical jihadist group ISIS. “As an advertiser, you always think about that kind of thing,” says Megan Wahtera, svp of interactive marketing at Paramount Pictures. Last month, the studio launched its first ad campaign in an anonymous app, tapping Whisper to help promote Men, Women and Children. Read More

Family meals help children beat bullies, study finds

Family meals help children beat bullies, study finds

Family dinners reduce the effects of online bullying on teenagers, according to a new study. Researchers found sharing regular family meals with children may help protect them from the effects of cyberbullying. Read More

8 types of bullies and how to handle them

8 types of bullies and how to handle them

Bullying has been a common issue for kids throughout their lives in high school. But with the rise of social media, cyberbullying and heightened pressures of a new age, bullying has been at the center of much discussion and debate. A survey by the Olewus Bullying Prevention Program found that 1 in 6 American kids have been bullied, and it’s something they’re worrying about. Kids actually worry about getting bullied more than they fear ghosts, another survey revealed. And another recent study by the American Journal of Psychiatry found that the after effects of being bullied can last well into adulthood. Read More

Why Bullying The Bully Does More Harm Than Good

Why Bullying The Bully Does More Harm Than Good

Some parents seeing the news about a Bay Area, California father avenging his autistic son by pummeling an 11-year-old bully may cheer his protective instincts without realizing that those kinds of actions can frighten our own child as much as the bully. According to CBS, Burnis Hurd, 44, got on the bus with his son, age nine, who identified the boy who had been bullying him, age 11. Read More

Police: Minnesota teen planned school massacre

Police: Minnesota teen planned school massacre

According to authorities in Waseca, Minnesota, he was going to kill his family, start a diversionary fire, set off bombs at an area school, kill the resource officer there and then shoot students. Frighteningly, the 17-year-old -- who CNN is not naming because of his age -- had the resources to carry out such an attack. Read More

 Bus Bully Learns the Hard Way That You Can Only Push Someone So Far Before They Snap

Bus Bully Learns the Hard Way That You Can Only Push Someone So Far Before They Snap

A bully was in for a major surprise after she decided to violently attack a boy on her school bus. While the victim initially sat helplessly as she punched him in the face, pulled his hair and slapped him, she soon learned a lesson she’ll likely never forget. In video of the attack that was captured on a cell phone and subsequently uploaded to YouTube, the vicious assault unfolds as another boy begs off-camera for the girl to stop. Read More

Why Women Are The Worst Kind of Bullies

Why Women Are The Worst Kind of Bullies

When Lady Gaga declared her hero was Emily-Anne, the 18-year-old pioneer of WeStopHate.org against teen bullying, I could completely identify. I had a flashback to my traumatic adolescent years. The memories alone made me feel like Emily-Anne could be my hero too. Read More

Jonathan Martin says he

Jonathan Martin says he 'felt trapped' in Dolphins' locker room

In his first interview since leaving the Miami Dolphins, NFL tackle Jonathan Martin says he felt "trapped" by bullying and decided it was best "just to remove myself from the situation." "I'm a man. I'm a grown man. I've been in locker rooms. There's vulgar language in locker rooms," Martin told Football Night in America’s Tony Dungy in the exclusive sitdown. Read More

I Was a Closeted Gay Bully

I Was a Closeted Gay Bully

In 1978, when I was barely 13, I participated in the sport of gay bullying. Which makes me the classic closeted thug who later turned gay. The boy I bullied was a wonderful friend. He was an artist, and an extremely talented one. It was his artistic skill that made me so jealous, not his manhood. But I hid that, and instead I called him a fag. I remember him saying to me, "Matt, you know this isn't true." And me gritting my teeth and growling bitterly under my breath just loud enough for everyone to hear, "You're a fag." We never made up. So I am writing this essay to publicly apologize to a man who later went on to become a father of five boys, and who never exhibited a homosexual tendency in the entire time I knew him. Read More

Will violent video games turn a good kid into a bully?

Will violent video games turn a good kid into a bully?

Research has shown that as many as 15 percent of students are bullied and that the problem is particularly bad among the middle school population [source:NMSA]. There are lots of proposed reasons why people bully and why some kids are more likely to be bullied. It's also not possible to blame the actions of a few kids on any one activity. Read More

Harassment, Bullying And Free Expression: Guidelines For Public Schools Seek Middle Ground

Harassment, Bullying And Free Expression: Guidelines For Public Schools Seek Middle Ground

Harassment, Bullying And Free Expression: Guidelines For Public Schools Seek Middle Ground When Sally tells Jimmy that he's going to hell for believing in a false religion, is that Sally exercising her First Amendment right to free expression, or is that Billy getting bullied? A broad coalition of educators and religious groups -- from the National Association of Evangelicals to the National School Boards Association -- on Tuesday (May 22) endorsed a new pamphlet to help teachers tackle such thorny questions. Read More

Movie An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong

Movie An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong

I recently viewed the movie An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong. It’s about a fourth grader and her friends who deal with bullying from a more popular girl in their class. I recommend it for kids between 2nd and 5th grade. Older kids might enjoy it, too, and I’m sure can relate to some of the bullying issues and how easily some adults just ‘miss’ the aggressive behaviors that is right in front of their face. Children, parents and educators can all learn good bully prevention strategies which is the strong point of this movie. Read More

Celebrities Who Admit Bullying Help Prevent Bullying

Celebrities Who Admit Bullying Help Prevent Bullying

Bullying is a hot topic. Stories of celebrities who have been bullied are even hotter. Olympic champ Michael Phelps’ childhood bullying issues had international interest. Even Barack Obama got in on it, mentioning the issue of bullying in his presidential nominee acceptance speech (I know, he’s not a celebrity, just a politician). Why are people fascinated with discovering famous people who were bullied? Read More

Standing Up to a Bully

Standing Up to a Bully

Greetings! In the flurry of activity of the new school year, it is important to remember that your school newsletter is a valuable tool for engaging parents as partners in setting a safe, welcoming school environment. The following article teaches parents how they can help their child stand up to a bully. Feel free to print it in your newsletter; kindly credit Balance Educational Services. Read More

Answers to Camp Bullying Webinar Questions

Answers to Camp Bullying Webinar Questions

Thank you for signing up for our webinar, How to Stop Bullying and Social Aggression, on April 30, 2008. The webinar was very successful with over 200 camps and organizations from 35 states participating. We were not able to answer all the questions during our scheduled time, and would like to do that now. Participants asked: Q: Do you have any quick tips for helping to empower bystanders to report bullying staff might not observe? Read More

Teaching Empathy

Teaching Empathy

Empathy is the ability to feel what others are feeling. Empathy is the identification with, and the understanding of, another's situation, emotions and motives. In other words, it is the ability to see the world through that person's eyes. Empathy influences us to treat others with respect and kindness; in turn it reduces violence and cruelty to others. Most people are born with the ability to be empathetic. However, certain life experience can diminish that ability. Children who have experienced domestic violence or some other form of abuse are especially at-risk for diminished empathy. Read More

Addressing the Bullying Camper

Addressing the Bullying Camper

A consistent response to bullying behavior must be part of your camp culture. Staff and campers must know that if bullying is known to occur, it will be addressed. The issues that factor into how staff will proceed include: age, type of bullying, behavioral, discipline and personal history. The first thing staff need to remember is - Do not bully the bully. Read More

Teaching Respect, Empathy and Friendship

Teaching Respect, Empathy and Friendship

What should a child do when a bully picks on a classmate? How are bystandersexpected to respond if they witness bullying? Is it really bullying if there is no physical contact? Bullying can garner a strong emotional response by all the people involved, including staff members who need to address the bully or bullies. It is very important to be respectful and professional at all times, role-modeling the behavior you expect from all your students. Read More