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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…)

 

Kids Who Believe in a “Just World” Engage in Less Bullying Behavior

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Picture of boy holding globe of planet earth in his hands.

Recent research indicates that kids who believe in a “Just World” are less likely to engage in bullying behavior.

If you’re not familiar with the “Just World” concept it breaks down into three parts.

First is trust that others will treat you justly now and in the future. With this comes the belief that you’ll be rewarded justly for your actions in the future.

The second part is being able to compensate when you’re presented with an injustice. This can either be done mentally by minimizing its impact on you, or by taking actions that restore justice to your life.

The final part is to personally behave in a way that’s just so you can be part of maintaining balance in a just world. (more…)

 

Links Found Between Parenting and Bullying Behavior

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

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Most of the attention regarding bullying has been directed at schools. While it’s certainly important for every child to have a safe learning environment, an aspect that often gets overlooked is the role parents play.

Recent research published in the North American Journal of Psychology examines this and revealed some interesting findings. (more…)

 

Cell Phone Safety Tips for Kids

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Picture of young girl on bed texting a friend.

When people think about cyberbullying, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter come to mind. Many people overlook cell phones and text messages.

The fact is today’s kids have cell phones. As of 2010 around a third of kids ages 10-11 had cell phones. Over 5% of kids aged 6-7 had phones.

These numbers have likely grown since then.

Mobile phones are valuable tools and may be critical in an emergency. With that said kids need to be taught how to use their phones safely. (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…)

 

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…)

 

Study Finds Correlation Between Bullying and Suicidal Thoughts

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Depressed caucasian girl. Slumped over with head in hands.

We know that bullying may lead to brain damage and even lower test scores, but this one’s new…

According to US News and World Report, a recent study suggests that bullying may raise the risk of suicidal thoughts. (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…)

 

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…)

 
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