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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Speaks Out About Bullying

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

This is not the first time the Obama administration has spoken out about bullying. In this two minute video Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shares here thoughts. (more…)

 

Most Anti-bullying Programs Don’t Work! (Here’s What to Do About It!)

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Picture of depressed girl leaning against a gray cement wall.

A while back we did a post on why we take a different approach to anti-bullying assemblies.

Most presentations try to “scare the kids straight”. They hammer on the harmful effects of bullying and try to create change by making everyone feel miserable.

We’ve been skeptical of this approach from day one. We believe it makes a bad situation worse.

Turns out we’re right. There’s academic research to back it up. “Preaching” at the kids and following up with severe punishments doesn’t work.

There was a peer reviewed article published on this back in October 2011. It’s cited at the end of this post. Here are a few crucial bits that I feel are relevant. (more…)

 

Ohio Teen Beaten at School for Sexual Orientation

Monday, January 16th, 2012

We’ve made progress in the anti-bullying movement, but this video proves we still have a long way to go. This was recorded on a cell phone, so the quality isn’t that great. You can still make out what’s happening.

This incident took place at Unioto High School in Chillicothe, Ohio. The target attempted to walk away, but the bully beat him repeatedly. (more…)

 

Bullying of Special Needs Students Needs More Attention

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Young boy alone and bullied.

One group that’s easily overlooked in the bullying crisis is those with special needs. According to a recent article advocates in Maryland are calling on the state to do more to address the problem.

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ACLU Urges Superintendents To Adopt Bullying Prevention Plan

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

ACLU Logo

I’m excited to see this… Check out the full story at WMFD-TV.

Here’s a quote from the article:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter to school superintendents around the state Thursday, urging them to adopt proactive bullying prevention plans.

The ACLU’s letter comes after several months of increased incidents of students across Ohio and the nation bullied by others. In particular, the ACLU encouraged schools to implement policies on how to address bullying when reported, education programs to prevent bullying, and comprehensive training for staff on how to handle bullying when it arises.

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Notes from the White House Conference on Bullying

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Presidential Seal

Last week I posted about the Facebook Live Chat the White House initiated about Bullying. There was a council of experts there from the government, Facebook, and even MTV.

I took detailed notes of the entire chat. Here’s a digest of what I thought was really interesting and wanted to pass along to you!
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Bullying Laws and Policies Are a Good Start

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Law Books

Most states have laws on the book about bullying. Check out this handy graphic for more info.

As of when this was written, the only states without bullying laws are the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Many states, like Massachusetts are considering additional legislation.

Like anti-bullying policies in school, legislation is a good start. As a society we need to send a clear message that bullying is unacceptable.

Every society needs rules and guidelines. If we’re going to say that respect for others is a cultural value, then we need to define consequences for those who choose to act otherwise.

Although it’s a good start, it’s exactly that… A start…

What’s dangerous is believing that laws, rules, and policies are solutions.
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