Friday, March 28, 2014

UNH Research: National Study Finds Children Helped by Quality Violence Prevention Programs

UNH Research: National Study Finds Children Helped by Quality Violence Prevention Programs
DURHAM, N.H. -- A new national study conducted by the University of New Hampshire finds that two-thirds of school-age children in the United States have received some formal bullying or violence prevention program, and it has made a measureable difference for some of them.
The researchers found children ages 5 to 9 who had received higher quality prevention education had lower levels of both peer victimization and perpetration. Education was also associated with more disclosure to authorities.
“The good news in these findings is that we see some of the safety improvements that the programs are intended to produce,” said David Finkelhor, director of the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center, professor of sociology, and lead author of the study. Finkelhor noted that various national surveys have shown declining rates of peer victimization over the last decade.
The research results are reported in the article “Youth exposure to violence prevention programs in a national sample” in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect. In addition, to Finkelhor, the study is authored by UNH Crimes against Children Research Center researchers Jennifer Vanderminden, Heather Turner, and Anne Shattuck, and Sherry Hamby with Sewanee the University of the South.
The study failed to find reduced victimization and perpetration among the youth ages 10 to 17 who had higher quality education. Nonetheless, these older youth did make more disclosures about victimization to parents and authorities, suggesting that they had learned something of value.
The study suggested there was ample room to improve the programming that young people are receiving. The majority of the programs child received in schools and elsewhere were just a single day presentation with no opportunity to practice. Research has shown that, to be effective, programs need multiple presentations, information to take home, and opportunities to practice, hallmarks of the kind of programs that were associated with improved safety in the present study.
Many programs to prevent violence have multiplied in schools, churches and other environments over the last two decades. These programs cover a multitude of topics from kidnapping to Internet safety.  The new study found that programs targeted at bullying are the most common at the present moment.
“Schools are struggling with resources these days,” said Finkelhor, “but this study suggests that violence prevention has some pay off for students that is worth preserving.”
The study, the National Survey of Children Exposed to Violence, was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, and conducted interviews with a representative sample of parents and children in 4500 families nationwide.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Danah Boyd "It's Complicated"

Technology and social media guru, Danah Boyd, discusses her book, It's Complicated," at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C.

Founded by Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade in 1984, Politics & Prose Bookstore is Washington, D.C.'s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub, a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books. Politics & Prose offers superior service, unusual book choices, and a haven for book lovers in the store and online. Visit them on the web at http://www.politics-prose.com/

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Report Explores Unsolicited Online Experiences and Sexting

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Report Explores Unsolicited Online Experiences and Sexting

CCRC ReportThe Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC) has released “Trends in Unwanted Online Experiences and Sexting: Final Report.” This report, supported by funding from OJJDP, summarizes key findings from the Third Youth Internet Safety Survey. Topics include youth reports of unwanted sexual solicitations, online harassment, uninvited exposure to sexual material, and “sexting.”

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View or download the report and access additional CCRC publications on Internet crimes.
Learn more about the OJJDP-funded Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program.


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Clean-Up Your Digital Footprint

Looking to improve your digital footprint? Here are seven easy tips that cover everything from checking your privacy settings to thinking before you post. Just download the list to get started on building a safer and more responsible online presence.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Framework for Safe and Successful Schools

Download here: http://www.nasponline.org/resources/framework-safe-and-successful-schools.aspx


Yik Yak app is wreaking havoc in schools: 11 things parents need to know


Yik Yak app is wreaking havoc in schools: 11 things parents need to know

Problematic apps that are popular with kids and full of inappropriate content keep popping up. It's like a game of whack-a-mole: just when you get a handle on one and smack it down, another one pops up. The latest offender: the app Yik Yak.

Read more: http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us/2014/03/yik-yak-app-parents-need-to-know/

Ryan Dolan - Start Again [Official Music Video]

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DNS Angel helps to block pornography

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