How to Prevent Bullying in Schools
I had no idea that October is National Bullying Prevention Month but I am horrified to learn of this whole new world of cyber bullying. It’s another serious worry for parents and school administrators alike. This article mentions resources at your state’s attorney general’s office which provides anti-cyberbullying training at the schools. Something to look into for all of us!
Full article here. Key paragraphs below.
p.s. Here’s the link to contact the Massachusetts AG’s office.
p.p.s. Here’s a link to another post, Top 10 Tips: To Reduce Bullying and Cyberbullying (from eSchool News)
Schools begin taking bullying by the horns
Awareness, training, outreach and districtwide rules are being established to say ‘enough is enough’
By Mary Niederberger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- Cyberbullying has been in the headlines this month — which is National Bullying Prevention Month — because of the suicide of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge last month after his college roommate posted online a video of Mr. Clementi being intimate with another male. The roommate and another student are facing criminal charges.
- In recent years, school officials have learned the Internet world is the new frontier for bullying, and the activity has become more prevalent with the abundance and sophistication of hand-held electronics. It comes in the form of text messages, e-mails and postings on online discussion boards or such social networking sites as Facebook and YouTube.
- The Cyberbullying Research Center, an online clearinghouse maintained by two professors, Sameer Hinduja of Florida Atlantic University and Justin Patchin of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, estimates that 20 percent of students experience cyberbullying.
- School administrators often hear about the issue from a parent who calls to inform them when they find out their child is a victim. Experts say children are sometimes reluctant to report they are being cyberbullied because they fear their parents will take away their computer or cell phone.
- But if a parent notices his child doesn’t want to go to school, it can be a signal that bullying is going on.
- School officials say educating parents about cyberbullying is as important as educating the students, and a number of programs are set for this month. Included are presentations by educators from the state attorney general’s office.
- Nils Frederiksen, spokesman for the attorney general, said the program is by far the most requested of those offered by his office. Since the cyberbullying program was created in September 2009, it has been presented at 422 schools, with another 115 scheduled for the rest of 2010.