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Bystanders Can Stop Over 50% of Bullying Incidents

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Picture of girl being bullied by two other girls

Staying on top of the latest academic research on bullying is important to us. In my research I discovered a study that absolutely startled me.

Although successful bullying programs remain important accomplishments, Ttofi and Farrington (2011) found that few programs specifically target the behavior of bystanders (i.e., an individual who witnesses bullying). As such, prevention programs deemphasize a population that constitutes between 60% and 70% of primary or secondary school students (Glew, Fan, Katon, Rivara, & Kerntic, 2005; Rivers, Poteat, Noret, & Ashurst, 2009).

This program oversight is unfortunate because observational research has found that when bystanders intervene on behalf of the victim, they successfully abate victimization more than 50% of the time. (Craig, Pepler, & Atlas, 2000; O’Connell et al., 1999)

The remainder of the article talks about research they did on bystander behavior. Their conclusions were that bystanders have a crucial role in preventing bullying. They also concluded that it’s not enough to simply define what a bystander is. We need to encourage students to take a stand. (more…)

 

Bullied Girl Takes Her Life After Posting Video Online

Friday, October 12th, 2012

After sharing her story via an internet video, Amanda Todd committed suicide.

Bullying has been in the media so much lately that it’s starting to become “old news”. This is something that worries me… That we’ll go back to the way things were… Sweeping it under the rug.

Clearly, bullying is still a very real problem with very real consequences. (more…)

 

15,000 Bullying Related Tweets are Made Each Day!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Picture of tablet PC with the words I Hate You coming out of it. Used to demonstrate concept of cyberbullying.

We’ve talked about cyber-bullying extensively on this blog. One of our more popular posts discusses how there are 5 million kids under the age of ten on Facebook.

Bullying isn’t confined to Facebook. New research reveals that there are 15,000 bullying related tweets sent daily on Twitter. [Source] (more…)

 

Olympic Gold Medalist Almost Quit Sport Because of Bullying

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Picture of gold medal with red, white, and blue ribbon attached to it.

In a recent interview with Oprah Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas said that being bullied almost made her give up gymnastics!

One of the most common effects of bullying is that victims will give up on what they love. This is an example of that. What’s amazing though is how she was able to overcome being bullied to do something incredible. (more…)

 

Study Suggests the Effects of Bullying Last into College

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Picture of college girl, depressed. Blonde Caucasian wearing blue jeans and olive green blouse.

There’s many frustrating misconceptions about bullying. One of them is the idea that its effects are short lived.

People still tend to treat is as a “right of passage” or a “part of growing up”. There’s plenty of evidence to the contrary. In one study there was even a link found between bullying and brain damage.

Despite this, popular opinion seems to be that the effects of bullying are temporary.

A recent study performed at the Wayne State College in Nebraska reveals that the effects of bullying may last into college: (more…)

 

Educators Miss Around 96% of Bullying Incidents

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

close up of Caucasian boy with blonde hair. Depressed log leaning against light brown brick wall. Focus is on boys face.

Surprised? Don’t be.

This info comes from an article published late last year in Educational Leadership (citation below). From the article…

Educators can easily get the false impression that bullying is not a problem in their school. That’s because teachers and administrators typically see only about 4 percent of bullying incidents.

The bullying problem is a lot bigger than we realize. Why is so little of it observed? Why don’t we see it happening? (more…)

 

The Ultimate Bullying Solution: A Culture of Caring

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Green Street Sign With Phrase "Bully Free Zone"

Our home state of Ohio is still reeling after the recent violence at Chardon High School. It’s a sobering reminder that we need to stand against bullying.

We know that most anti-bullying programs don’t work. What can we do to make a difference? (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…)

 

What You Don’t Know About Peers and Bullying!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Group of teen girls in a fight.

What do you think of when you imagine a bully?

Usually it’s a kid who’s an outcast. Nobody likes them. They’re either a loner or they hang out with other bullies. They bully either because they don’t know how to control themselves or because they want to gain social status.

That’s definitely one kind of bully, but there’s also a second who’s more subtle and more dangerous. (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…)

 
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