Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Connection between violent new media and the behavior of young people

NewsConference: Michele Ybarra, Center for Innovative Public Health Research
Michele Ybarra is the president and research director of the Center for Innovative Public Health Research, a non-profit based in Orange County. She's researching the connection between violent new media and the behavior of young people.



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Researchers dispel myths about cyberbullying

Researchers dispel myths about cyberbullying

by Larry MagidThis post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News
Michele Ybarra
A lot has been written about cyberbullying and I’ve seen some articles claiming that cyberbullying is more prevalent and more severe than in-person bullying. Some even refer to it as an “epidemic.”
But, in a presentation at the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) conference in Washington last week, a leading researcher on youth risk reported that the popular belief is actually a misconception. Compared to that bullying that takes place at school and other in-person venues, online bullying is both less prevalent and less distressing.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Individual and Contextual Predictors of Cyberbullying

Source: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10964-013-9920-x

Individual and Contextual Predictors of Cyberbullying: The Influence of Children’s Provictim Attitudes and Teachers’ Ability to Intervene

L. Christian Elledge, Anne Williford, Aaron J. Boulton, Kathryn J. DePaolis, Todd D. Little, Christina Salmivalli

Electronic social communication has provided a new context for children to bully and harass their peers and it is clear that cyberbullying is a growing public health concern in the US and abroad. The present study examined individual and contextual predictors of cyberbullying in a sample of 16, 634 students in grades 3–5 and 7–8. Data were obtained from a large cluster-randomized trial of the KiVa antibullying program that occurred in Finland between 2007 and 2009. Students completed measures at pre-intervention assessing provictim attitudes (defined as children’s beliefs that bullying is unacceptable, victims are acceptable, and defending victims is valued), perceptions of teachers’ ability to intervene in bullying, and cyberbullying behavior. Students with higher scores on provictim attitudes reported lower frequencies of cyberbullying. This relationship was true for individual provictim attitudes as well as the collective attitudes of students within classrooms. Teachers’ ability to intervene assessed at the classroom level was a unique, positive predictor of cyberbullying. Classrooms in which students collectively considered their teacher as capable of intervening to stop bullying had higher mean levels of cyberbullying frequency. Our findings suggest that cyberbullying and other indirect or covert forms of bullying may be more prevalent in classrooms where students collectively perceive their teacher’s ability to intervene in bullying as high. We found no evidence that individual or contextual effects were conditional on age or gender. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Department of Education: It Gets Better (Video)

New “It Gets Better” Bullying Prevention Video Available Online

Today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a new video where Department staff share personal stories and identify tools that support students experiencing bullying. In response to students suffering bullying in schools, ED has redoubled efforts to give parents, educators, and students the tools they need to stop harassment, including through the website Stopbullying.gov and civil rights enforcement. Read more here .. 

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