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Top 10 Tips To Reduce Bullying and Cyberbullying

 Tips To Reduce Bullying and Cyberbullying

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Teen Cyberbullying Investigated: Where Do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin? by Judge Tom Jacobs

Written from a legal point of view, Judge Tom Jacobs puts cyberbullying versus the First Amendment into perspective. While this is a dense book full of case studies and tragic stories of cyberbullying, it would be most helpful as a handbook for someone who child is being cyberbullied OR someone studying or perhaps crafting guidelines on do’s and don’ts of internet communication and bullying. It’s must read for school adminstrators, teachers, and PTO/PTA board members. Read more…

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What’s Bullying and Who Resolves It?

Have We Gone Too Far with New Anti-Bullying Law?

There is a new sheriff in town in Massachusetts — ok, it’s a law not a sheriff — and it’s well intended but ineffective.  Worse, its vagaries are having unintentional consequences.  Like lawsuits from parents against schools when their kid is accused of being a bully.  I understand that no one wants bullying and its new evil cousin, cyber bullying, to run rampant in their community but this law seems like a knee jerk reaction to seem like it’s solving a problem when the “solution” is actually part of the problem.   Read more…

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Teaching Empathy to Prevent Bullying

Best Anti-Bullying Program for Schools

The best way to create a caring climate is to engage children collectively in an activity that benefits another human being.

Ervin Staub, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Read more…

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Study: Half of high school students admit to bullying.

Bullying Prevalent in All Schools

Social media has its evil dark side:  cyber bullying.  It’s caught the attention of the White House and now studies indicate the prevalence of cyber bullying among high school students, but probably middle school age kids as well … it’s just not tracked is this particular set of studies.  There is no distinction between inner city and suburban schools so I also wonder if that skews the results.  An interesting point:  cyber bullying is much less prevalent in private schools.  Why do you suppose that is?  Is it greater involvement of administrators and teachers in students’ social issues?  Is it because they can expel and reject problematic students and therefore the bad eggs all end up in public school? (Where apparently they lead a rampage of bullying both on and off the computer).  What do you think?  Has anyone experienced cyber bullying in their households?  Advice for us?  Thanks! Read more…

Anti-Cyberbullying Tactics Need to Be Taught at Schools

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! Read more…

5 Fun and Safe Social Networks for Children

Safe Social Networks for Kids

This is 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! Read more…

Girl Bullying On the Rise? Hannah Montana to Blame

Why is Girl Bullying on the Rise?

Girl bullying is every parents’ worst nightmare.  Parents of tormented girls have it the worst, but parents of bullies must be equally uncomfortable, I would imagine, once they figure out that their little girl is needlessly cruel.  Even parents of the passive girls — the vast majority — who stand around witnessing bullying but helpless to intervene feel frustration as the tales of bullying pour forth.  At least that is what it seems like to me. Read more…

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Illinois Schools Teach Social and Emotional Skills

Importance of Teaching Social Emotional Skills at School

It makes sense to me that schools should teach social and emotional skills since research shows that emotional intelligence is the most accurate predictor for future success NOT 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 curriculum! Read more…

Girl Bullying: The Hundred Dresses by Estes (grades 3-5th)

Best Chapter Book on Girl Bullying Ever!

My oldest’s teacher recommended this book to me when my daughter was in 3rd grade. There had been a history of not-so-nice girl bullying since Kindergarten but by 3rd grade, it was totally out of hand. The teacher thought this would be an especially good book for my daughter’s book club, and we, the moms, talked about doing a Mother and Daughter book club to model discussion around this book but we never pulled it off. Read more…