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Bullying is when a person tries to hurt or scare someone, generally a person who is unable or has a hard time defending him or herself. Bullying has also now began to take place electronically through mean texts, picture messages and other such aggressive online behavior.

An Overview on Bullying
Bullies have been around for a long time, there have always been more powerful preying on the weak, whether socially or physically. That being said, it is only in recent history that bullying has garnered such media attention because of extreme acts certain people take, like beating people up to near death or even death. The movie, Mean Girls, depicts social bullying by spreading rumors and keeping people out of their group. Schools are beginning to understand the importance of creating bully-free environments, such as the school bus. Many schools have adopted the idea of bully-free buses. For everyday that is bully free on the bus, the school is closer to whatever prize they have set. With the onset of cell phones, smart phones and the Internet bullying is no longer only in schools, buses and playgrounds; bullying can be done at anytime from almost anywhere. The cyber bully still preys on the weak through sending mean messages in various mediums (instant messages, text or emails), sending terrible pictures or sext pictures out to everyone either by texts or posting on a website. Sometimes people will try and log-in as someone else and post nasty things as well. Bullying is mean and hurtful, in real life, some people get seriously injured or even killed over bullying and with cyber bullying, there have been too many cases of people killing themselves over the mean things others have posted.

More information on what bullying is and types of bullying can be found here: http://www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/kids/what-is-bullying.aspx, where the above paragraph was created from.




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Websites
Bullying at school and online A website full of useful links and advice on bullying in any form.

A Bullying Webinar An education.com webinar on bullying

Olweus Bullying prevention program comprehensive program to prevent bullying from Clemson University

Strategies to prevent bullying

Game that teaches ways to avoid bullying Students answer questions about bullying in this on-line board game

A bullying site for girls Run by the U.S. department of health and human services, the site deals with some of the specific issues that girls face when bullied.

Stop Bullying Now! Also run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this site explains what bullying is in "kid" friendly language.

Bullying and Obese Children From the American Academy of Pediatrics, deals with issues specific to obese children.


Blogs
A bullying blog Written by Elizabeth Bennett, an author and consultant.

Bullying Stories Blog that deals with the long-term effects of bullying

Motherlode A blog about parenting, this particular article is written with a question for the parents of the bully in the case of Pheobe Prince, a young student who committed suicide after being bullied by classmates in early 2010.





Books
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10 Days to a Bully-Proof Child: The Proven Program to Build Confidence and Stop Bullies for Good A book of strategies that deals with recent topics like cyber bullying and how to deal with parents of bullies.


The Bully Free Classroom: Over 100 Tips and Strategies for Teachers K-8 Book full of classroom strategies to prevent bullying and create a peaceful classroom
How to Be Bully Free Workbook: Word Searches, Mazes, What-Ifs, and Other Fun Activities for Kids



Girl Wars Book that has 12 strategies aimed to end female bullying

Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence The book that inspired the movie Mean Girls.

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls A book that explains some reasons why some young girls in society are more aggressive and may resort to bullying.






PDFs
An article from the U.S. department of health and human services that include characteristics of children who
bully, and clarifies some myths about children who do bully.

Another article from the U.S. department of health and human services, includes some suggestions on what to do if you suspect that your child is being bullied.


Advice for parents about what they can do if their child is being bullied.

A description of different state laws about bullying in the United States.



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Journal Entries


Education and Health


´╗┐Article discusses how results of a 2009 survey were used in order to create workshops and trainings that deal with the areas of bullying, violence and personal relationships

The results of a research study about cyberbullying from Great Britain.


Education and Treatment of Children
The article deals with the attitudes and interventions of 98 elementary school teachers in regards

to bullying.





Video

An informative Today Show segment on bullying and teens that includes helpful statistics.


A sad consequence of bullying, from CBS News.


Katie Couric speaks about cyber-bullying


An anti-bullying commercial