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Summer Reading – The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in Americas Schools

You can feel summer in New York City already - it hit 90 degrees over Memorial Day weekend. As my time in the classrooms of New York City's independent schools comes to a close, I have been stocking up on my summer reading list - I can't seem to shake this habit from my own schooling!

Jessie Klein's book The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America was...
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The Bully Chronicles

Amy Weber posted an excellent, thought-provoking blog post here.

She discusses how society at large has created bullying and posits this answer to why bullying exists:
Hatred is nothing new. But a reality that we may need to start facing if we are going to solve this issue is that hatred is not innate. Plain and simply, it is learned. It manifests from a single or multiple source where a child is listening and watching. At home, a babysitter's house, preschool, TV, online,...
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Standing Up for Your Child at School

"It's in my job description as your mother to keep you safe," is how one mother in a group of parents I've been working with explains why she does what she does. The question that plagues parents is: is my child safe when they aren't with me?* 

When a parent finds out that their child has been victimized by bullying, a myriad of emotions and questions arise:

Why is this happening to my...
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New Study About the Psychology of Bullying

Jaana Juvonen, a UCLA developmental psychologist has published new study that sheds a different light on the psychology of bullying here. What I found most enlightening was that, contrary to popular belief that bullies are young people who have low self-esteem and thus bully to compensate, Ms. Juvonen's study notes that bullies,"...have almost ridiculously high levels of what’s more, they are viewed by their fellow students and even by teachers not as pariahs but as popular...
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5 Tips to Keep Cyberbullying Out of Your Home

If there is one hot button topic among parents and students it is cyberbullying - what is it exactly, how to stop it (or is it even stoppable!), and why do young people do it. STOP Cyberbullying is a great online resource for anyone who is concerned about this topic. STOP Cyberbullying states:
"Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted...
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