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Bullying in Schools

Supreme Court Won't Hear Case On School Bullying

AP | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from sisters in western Pennsylvania who sued the local school system for its failure ...

DOs and DON'Ts: How To Talk To Your Child About Bullying

Posted 10.18.2013 | Parents

“They’re just words.” “It’ll only make you stronger.” “Just ignore it.” Chances are, these are the messages your child has received ...

5 Things Adults Need to Know About Cyberbullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 12.04.2013 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Before the advent of social media networks, cell phones and unlimited text plans, young people who were bullied in school could count on hours spent at home as a respite from ridicule. Today, kids are connected to each other 24/7/365.

12 Dos and Don'ts for Stopping Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Bullying is a phenomena that has existed in the shadows for too long; its exposure to the light of day is the critical first step in stopping it.

What Does Assertiveness Have to Do with Stopping Bullying?

Signe Whitson | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Unlike the aggression that underlies bullying, assertive behavior does not depreciate or cause harm. Rather, assertiveness is a healthy way of defining personal boundaries.

The Decisive Element in the Classroom: What Successful Classroom Teachers Do to Stop Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 05.21.2013 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Classroom teachers have everything to do with stopping bullying. There. I said it. The teachers who are making a difference in the movement to stop bullying are engaged role models of kindness and expert masters of diplomacy.

Teen Sues School Districts Over Alleged Bullying

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 03.18.2013 | Teen

A New Jersey teenager is suing two local school districts for not doing more to stop the relentless bullying he allegedly endured from fourth grade un...

'Mean Girls' Meet Political Bullies

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 02.02.2013 | Entertainment
Robert V. Taylor

"Mean Girls" has gone viral because it identifies and names the bullying that we have allowed to upend our discourse and view of one another as Americans. A different future is possible. "Mean Girls" offers some pointers. The choice is in our hands.

Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences

Signe Whitson | Posted 01.26.2013 | Parents
Signe Whitson

It is important to distinguish between rude, mean and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents and kids all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene.

When Friendship Is Used as a Weapon: Revealing the Hidden Nature of Relational Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education
Signe Whitson

By the early school years, most youngsters have experienced unspoken -- but not unsubtle -- acts of social aggression that shake the carefully laid foundations of their self-image and beliefs about friendship.

His Name Was Steven: A 13-Year-Old Victim of Bullycide

Jonathan Hewitt | Posted 12.16.2012 | Parents
Jonathan Hewitt

"We knew who beat him up. We knew who locked him in a cupboard. We knew who had held his head under water in a sink. So why hadn't we told anyone?"

Standing Up To The Haters

| Posted 11.01.2012 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Youth Communication, a nonprofit organization that helps marginalized youth develop their full pote...

Teen Attacked By Bullies Just Before Giving Television Interview About Bullying

Posted 10.10.2012 | Education

Preston Deener, a sophomore at Brunswick High School in Maryland, was the victim of a bullying attack just as he was preparing for an on-camera interv...

Bullying: The Really Big Problem Behind the Really Big Problem

Jonathan Hewitt | Posted 12.04.2012 | Parents
Jonathan Hewitt

October is also now recognized as National Bullying Prevention Month. On the one hand, I'm thrilled that we are giving this critical issue such focused attention. But on the other hand, I am deeply saddened that bullying in our nation has reached such epidemic proportions.

In an Age of Internet Cruelty, 5 Rules of Netiqutte For Kids

Signe Whitson | Posted 12.04.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Here are five "Stop and Think" rules I offer to parents as they are first teaching their kids about netiquette.

The First Bell Has Rung! 4 Rules to Help Your Student STANd Up to Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

In these early days of August and September classes, would-be bullies are getting a feel for who they think might be an easy mark in the class.

'Twas the Night Before Kindergarten

Signe Whitson | Posted 10.16.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

My daughters like to talk. It's when they are not talking that I know something is up -- which is how I detected my girl was a bit apprehensive about her first day of kindergarten.

Lawsuit: Boy Bullied And Sexually Assaulted Pushed To Suicide

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 07.03.2012 | Miami

MIAMI -- Administrators at a charter school repeatedly failed to take action after a 7-year-old student was bullied and sexually assaulted by an older...

Shifting the Focus From Individual Bullies and Victims to School "Culture"

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 08.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

While eliminating violent acts is imperative, reducing the concept of a hostile school environment to the acts of individual (troubled) students who can be rehabilitated merely contains and manages the violence, rather than addressing its causes.

Bullying in School and the LGBT Community

A.J. Walkley | Posted 07.11.2012 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

The Darnell "Dynasty" Young case is just one example of LGBT students and their parents feeling the need to find a solution to bullying when a solution is not being offered by public school administrations. Situations like Darnell's are not uncommon.

Yes, We Are Talking About It More! That's the Good News about Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 06.18.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

The media's recent focus on bullying has given untold numbers of victims -- past and present -- a voice to share their experiences, now that they finally realize that they are not alone.

Bully My Child, Please

Rick Newman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Parents
Rick Newman

Kids need to suffer. At least a little. That's how innocent and vulnerable children evolve into durable, resilient adults.

What Parents Can Do When Bullying is Downplayed at School

Signe Whitson | Posted 05.26.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

No family should find themselves all alone when navigating the dangerous and destructive waters of bullying in school.

What to Do When Your Daughter's Friend Is a Bully

Signe Whitson | Posted 05.01.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

When kids understand what a healthy friendship should look and feel like, they are best equipped to extricate themselves from friendships that are toxic and damaging.

Is Your Child a Limit Tester? Three Essential Steps for Closing Your Loopholes

Signe Whitson | Posted 04.25.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

When a parent can keep the child focused on the self-destructive pattern of manipulating reality to suit personal desires, rather than getting distracted by the infuriating behavior and persistent rationalizations, both parent and child benefit.