Tuesday, February 4, 2020

What Should Your School's Bullying Policy Look Like?

Source: Cyberbullying Research Center

We are regularly contacted by school administrators, board members, parents and others with questions about school bullying policies. In fact, a few months ago the principal at my son’s elementary school asked me to review their bullying policy. I am always happy to help, with the preemptive caveat that I am not a lawyer and therefore my feedback should be viewed as suggestive rather than definitive. But I have seen lots of bullying policies over the last 15 years. And some are plainly better than others.
In an effort to better understand the landscape of bullying policies across the United States, Sameer and I (along with one of my students) recently reviewed all of the state model bullying policies that we could find (they are usually put out by a state’s Department of Education). We were able to locate model policies for thirty-nine states. When we couldn’t find a model policy for a state, we reviewed their state law to see if certain provisions were required in school bullying policies. Schools aren’t generally required to adopt the specific language offered in a model policy, but no doubt these policies serve as a template for schools in the state and deviating from them in substantial ways could open a school up to criticism.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Social media and suicide: What is the evidence? - BBC Newsnight

Bystanders to Bullying: An Introduction to the Special Issue

This peer reviewed journal provides an interdisciplinary scientific forum in which to publish current research on the causes, forms, and multiple contexts of bullying and cyberbullying as well as evolving best practices in identification, prevention, and intervention. Noting that bullying may occur at schools, universities, communities, the workplace, and/or online – and that cyberbullying can subsume sexting, digital dating abuse, sextortion, and doxing – the journal welcomes empirical, theoretical, and review papers on a broad range of issues, populations, and domains. Authors should include relevant discussion on policy and actionable practice in offline and/or online environments. The journal is of interest to scientists and practitioners across such interrelated disciplines as child, adolescent, and school psychology; public health; social work and counseling; criminology; child and adolescent psychiatry; sociology; anthropology; education; pediatrics; information technology; human resources management; and other associated fields within social or computer science. hide


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

School Counselor Side Hustle

Practicing or retired, all types of professionals including counselors, educators, social workers, psychologists, and other human services practitioners can use our guide to develop extra income by doing what you love to do. #scchat https://schoolcounselor.com/sidehustle/

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

ConnectSafely Podcast: Talking with Bullying Experts at IBPA

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ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and educator and ConnectSafely Director of K-12 Education Kerry Gallagher at the ConnectSafely podcast booth.

ConnectSafely Podcast: International Bullying Prevention Association's Annual Conference

At last week's IBPA conference in Chicago, ConnectSafely spoke with researchers, educators, psychologists and students about how to prevent and reduce bullying. Some of the podcast highlights:
Building Empathy
Cyberbullying Research Center's Sameer Hinduja on building empathy. Listen
Teen Dating Violence
Students from the Amanda Forum talk about teen dating violence. Listen
Child Safety on Roblox
Roblox director of digital civility Laura Higgins on how the popular platform protects kids. Listen
Combating Bullying
School safety consultant Nancy Buyle on effective strategies to combat bullying. Listen
The Power of Empathy
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence researchers Jessica Hoffman and Julie McGarry talk about their work in promoting empathy and combating bullying. Listen
How Instagram Handles Hate Speech, Bullying 
Instagram policy director Karina Newton on how the company handles privacy, bullying and other problems as well as some of the ways Instagram users are supporting each other in positive ways. Listen

For more interviews from IBPA, visit https://www.connectsafely.org/IBPA.
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