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Archives for June, 2012


Want to Fight Bullying? There’s An App For That!

There seems to be an app for everything these days. CNN's blog on Education recently posted about some ingenious students at Metropolitan Academy in New Haven, CT, who are creating an iPhone app that lets students anonymously report bullying to school administrators.

The app, Back Off Bully, allows bystanders to let School Administrators know who the bully/bullies were, where the incident took place and who was victimized.
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School Bus Monitor Bullied by Middle School Students

Adults can be victims too. Karen Klein, a 68 year-old school bus monitor from Greece, NY, was the victim of bullying at the hands of middle school students she's responsible for. Ms. Klein appeared on the "Today" show this morning and discussed with Matt Lauer her experience of what happened.

The video shows several students mocking and publicly degrading her. I could only watch about 3 minutes of the 10 minute video. The language is...
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Anti-bullying Gone Awry

This week, all over the internet news, is this unfortunate incident of a Texas teacher asking students to strike another student who was known to be a bully.The student identified as a bully, Aiden, is just 6 years old. The teacher asked students to hit the bully, "to teach him why bullying is bad."

Ironically, corporal punishment is legal in some public schools but as the Reuters article points out, teachers -and not students-...
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My Child is a Bully…Now What?

Much of what is written about bullying focuses on what to do if your child is a victim. Little is written on what to do if your child is actually a bully. When parents find out their child has been bullying others, I have witnessed them initially respond in a variety of different ways: utter shame and guilt, tempered anger, quiet embarrassment or denial and defensiveness.

Neither response is 'good' or 'bad,' and frankly, I...
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Children and Teens

Going 13 and Under, Facebook?

As I posted yesterday, two news stories caught my eye early this week: a mother attacking her child's bully and Facebook taking measures to lower the age restriction on their site. I view both instances as 'wins' for cyberbullying.

Today, I'll share some thoughts on why lowering the age restriction could be detrimental to our children.

In case you...
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Choking Your Child’s Bully, Lowering Facebook’s Age Restrictions and Why This is a ‘Win’ for Cyberbullies

I came across some news reports of a Florida mother choking her daughter's Facebook bully. It seems that Debbie Piscitella was at her wits end! I cannot condone her behavior, but completely empathize with her feelings towards her daughter's bully.

Some news reports have quoted what the bully wrote and suffice to say I don't know any parent that wouldn't want to strike with a vengeance.

But as adults we don't.  And we shouldn't....
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