Class Notes: Parent forums, new online tool available to combat bullying in schools

What are the signs?

“Withdrawal or isolation is one of the first,” she said. “When a child starts to dislike going to school, begins avoiding those social media tools that they’ve enjoyed before, and when it appears they’re not getting a lot of joy out of school or being with friends, those are big warning signs for parents. You need to contact the school to get in for a meeting to talk about what might be happening.”

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Bullying in School

Bullying in School aims to provide useful information and resources to help deal with bullies and bullying in schools. The site includes a free e-book. => http://bit.ly/biLPsx

Bullying Round Up

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and if ever there was a time to learn more, it is now. This blog post offers tips to help identify signs of bullying and explains how to intervene, model respectful behaviors and teach understanding. The post is chock-full of helpful statistics, tips and stories of success.

Reducing bullying and cyber bullying

Ten easy tips for educators can help prevent bullying in schools and online

This fall, there are new and revamped laws in many states that address K-12 bullying and cyber bullying. In Massachusetts, we have one of the most comprehensive and far-reaching laws in the country. As in many states, K-12 teachers in Massachusetts have new responsibilities to respond to, report, and address bullying and cyber bullying. Here at the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC), we’ve developed 10 tips to help faculty cope with what can seem an overwhelming task.

BULLYING: Off the playground and into cyberspace

Bullies used to be those big kids who picked on the little ones; the ones who would tower over you on the playground or corner you with their fists clenched. But bullies are no longer restricted to methods of physical intimidation, letters or phone calls. Not anymore. Today, more and more bullies are hiding. They’re hiding behind computer screens and cell phones, text messages and social networking sites, using the available technology to battle against others mercilessly.

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Louisiana cyberbullying law takes effect

Today, Louisiana House Bill 1259, becomes law, putting the state among 30 with some form of legislation targeting those engaging in cyberbullying in all its forms. Separated from an existing law covering cyber stalking, the cyberbullying law focuses on addressing children using the Internet to taunt and harass other children. “Cyberbullying is the transmission of any electronic textual, visual, written or oral communication with the malicious and willful intent to coerce, abuse, torment or intimidate a person under the age of eighteen,” according HB 1259, penned by state Rep. Roy Burrell, who is running for mayor of Shreveport.

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Transgender youth face extreme harassment at school, report says


Transgender youth are physically and verbally harassed and face extremely high levels of harassment in school, even more than lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGBT) students, says a new study released by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.

At the same time, however, transgender youth are more likely to speak out about LGBT issues in the classroom, says “Harsh Realities: The Experiences of Transgender Youth in Our Nation’s Schools,” the first comprehensive study on transgender students. more » » »

Bullying among young children

Bullying Among Young Children – A Guide for Parents – PDF

Bullying Among Young Children – A Guide for Teachers and Carers – PDF

The guides provide useful advice to parents, teachers and other carers on recognising changes in moods and behaviours that are associated with bullying. They also provide strategies to help children who bully and those who are bullied.

Bullying among young children

Bullying Among Young Children – A Guide for Parents – PDF

Bullying Among Young Children – A Guide for Teachers and Carers – PDF

The guides provide useful advice to parents, teachers and other carers on recognising changes in moods and behaviours that are associated with bullying. They also provide strategies to help children who bully and those who are bullied.

Bullying at School and What to Do About It

http://www.education.unisa.edu.au/bullying/

The serious problem of bullying is the focus of this comprehensive site created by Ken Rigby, who is an Adjunct Research Professor and educational consultant at the University of South Australia. Content includes background information, practical advice, a video and additional links to related sites.