My mom friend just told me today that she was going to a school event to learn more about preventing cyberbullying and online safety. I came across this. It’s actually a Top 10 List from eSchool News, but I only had access to the first half of the article which I share with you below:
My kids are getting an education on bullying at school with lots of anti-bullying “town meetings” or even small groups. And it does seem to confuse my kids as much as it sensitizes them. Now Massachusett’s new anti-bullying law is widely heralded as the most aggressive in the country. It criminalizes bullying and cyber-bullying by students, and requires schools to ferret out and respond to such incidents, many of which take place outside of school.
The most acute is how it impacts the critical relationship between schools and parents. The statute does not put any responsibility on parents to stop bullying. Worse, rather than foster a shared approach to stop such behavior, the statute actually undermines any meaningful communication between parents and schools.
The best way to create a caring climate is to engage children collectively in an activity that benefits another human being.
Half of all high school students say they have bullied someone in the past year, with nearly as many saying they have been the victims of bullying, according to a new study released this week.
I had no idea that October is National Bullying Prevention Month but I am horrified to learn this whole new world of cyberbullying. It’s another serious worry for parents and school administrators alike.
This was a very helpful post by Sarah Kessler on Mashable. I feel like I am just starting to understand Social Media networks for myself but I have no idea what is out there (and safe) for my kids who are now clamoring to blog, get their own email accounts, and create websites. I’m all for that, but I just want them to be safe. Thanks Sarah! Your information was exactly what I needed for myself!
Mean-girl bullying used to set in over fifth-grade sleepover parties, but now the warfare increasingly permeates the early elementary school years. By Pamela Paul of the New York Times.
It makes sense to me that schools should teach social and emotional skills since the research shows that emotional intelligence is the predictor for future success rather an IQ. (For more on that, read Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Coleman). The question is: why aren’t more schools teaching it? Oh yeah, I remember now. It’s not on the test. But I think this article makes a great case for why it should be on the test!
This book was written in 1944 but it’s still so relevant today. The author’s daughter said that her mother, who grew up in West Haven, Connecticut where the story takes place was the girl (Maddie)who stood by while her friend (Peggy) led the girl bullying towards a girl who was Polish and claimed to have one hundred dresses in her closet while wearing just one shabby dress every day to school. Like the girl in the story (Wanda), this little girl moves to New York City, but the author never gets a chance to tell her how sorry she is. Instead, she writes this book.