Bullying
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Definition:

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Bullying is an “unwanted” aggressive behavior that is real or perceived power imbalance and happens repeatedly (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2013).

Overview:

Many students in our schools today have experienced bullying at least once during their time in school. For many, this is something that they experience on a daily basis. Some students find themselves taking on the role of the predator while others become the prey. Sometimes students can even experience both roles. When we picture bullying many of us picture the big, strong school bully who beats up smaller kids for their lunch money. Bullying is not simply restricted to physical aggression however. Bullying can be physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, or cyber. With technology becoming such a huge part of our everyday lives, we are seeing a huge increase in cyber bullying among our students. This type of bullying allows bullies to experience the security of being behind a computer screen and even potentially establishing fake identities to attack their victims. Cyber bullying is becoming an important issue on our schools and needs to be addressed in order to provide safe environments for all of our students.


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Websites:

StopBully.gov is sponsored by the United States Government and this their mission statement: "StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying" (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2013).

Psychology Today has many resources available on their website that aid in understanding bullying and also provides many other links to outside resources. Here is an example for teachers in how to effectively deal with bullying in the classroom: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/passive-aggressive-diaries/201303/the-decisive-element-in-the-classroom.

There are 11 facts about Bullying found at DoSomething.Org, here are our top 4 outstanding facts taken from this website:
1. 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 percent of the time.
2. Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.
3. 1 out 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.
4. Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year. facebook-bullying.jpg


Books:
1. The Queer Duckling is a fractured fairy tale based on the original story The Ugly Duckling. This book was written by Aimee Phelps, Shannon O'Connor, and Linda Trahan (then Schede) in the fall of 2011.






2. Bullying in Secondary Schools: What it looks like and how to manage it , written by Keith Sullivan, Mark Cleary, and Ginny

Sullivan is a book written about effective ways to identify and deal with bullying in schools.

"This book is an important and comprehensive resource dealing with school bullying issues in a practical way, with strategies designed to be used easily in the classroom. It gives valuable advice to teachers on dealing with bullies in the most effective way, using victims and bystanders as part of the solution."
3. Bullying prevention: creating a positive school climate and developing social competence
"Shows how school professionals can prevent and reduce bullying by creating a positive environment and by ensuring all children have the social skills to communicate well and solve problems without aggression."



Blogs:
StopBullying.gov Blog is website where you can find blog posts dedicated to bullying in schools, why this is an issue, and ways that we can stop it. This is part of the website stopbullying.gov which is linked above under websites.

CNN Blog is a page of blog posts related to bullying in schools. This page provides a good array of topics dealing all dealing with bullying in schools. You can also find a number of relevant video clips on this page.

Bullying Stories is a blog page dedicated to sharing stories about experiences with bullying. This is from an adult perspective. The author shares his thoughts on the long-term effects of being bullied or being a bully.



News Articles:

New York Times is a link to the New York Times website where you can find the archived stories related to bullying. You can see how prevalent of an issue this is by the number of articles on this topic that have been published in the New York Times. There is also a page with articles specifically on cyber bullying. You can find that here, Cyber Bullying- NY Times.

Cyber Bullying - Here is a news article that addresses the issue of the increase in cyber bullying. It discusses how an increase in technology such as Internet-enabled mobile devices has allowed these cyber bullies to become more complex and malicious.

Bullies as Criminals? - This articles addresses the issue of whether or not bullies should be treated as criminals. We are seeing a number of suicide deaths as a result of bullying. Should the bullies take responsibility for these deaths?

Suicide - This is a news article that tells the story of a girl who was bullied by her peers because of an incident that had began online through a social media website. This link also has four video clips all pertaining to cases of suicide that were suspected to be caused as a result of bullying.



Power Point:
1. This particular power was created in a Critical Literacy class where the goal was to create a fractured fairy tale and then present our information on our research. Hope you find it helpful and useful (Phelps, O'Connor, Trahan, 2011).



Students take action against bullying:

Teens against bullying is a website through the National Bullying Prevention Center. This website is dedicated to teens against bullying. It provides information and resources for teens who may want to join the fight to end bullying.




Local Schools and Students Against Bullying:
Fairport Central School Districthas a section on their web site about cyberbullying and what it is and how to address it. According their website:
"Cyber bulling can be defined as a form of indirect social bullying that uses technological communications (texts or images). It involves humiliating, harassing, intimidating, trashing, teasing, and/or threatening messages to others on the internet or on cell phones. It can involve someone you know or a complete stranger" (Fairport CSD, 2013).

Local Teen Stands Up is the story of a local teen from Churchville-Chili who wrote a poem about bullying. She wanted to open peoples eyes to the severity of the issue.
"Vogel says if this poem helps one person who is a victim of bullying understand they aren't alone, or opens someone's eyes to the problem she'll be happy."

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