"Ouch That Hurt!": Anti-Bullying Strategies for Parents and Educators

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  • Bullying has been a natural part of the human existence since the beginning of time. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean it's acceptable or something to be tolerated. As parents, there is much, we can do to help our children avoid, prepare for, and deal with bullying. This will ease our children’s minds, and ours. We need to help our children understand that it is never okay to fight and Make it clear to your children that you are always there to listen and help them with their problems. I was scanning through a few blogs and found this article on a Safety Service for my children. Check this link, and you might find it interesting: http://safekidzone.com/eMail/RelentlessProtection/
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"Ouch That Hurt!": Anti-Bullying Strategies for Parents and Educators

  1. 1. Grab Your Notecard!In the next 90 seconds, identify threethings that you would like to understandand/or take away from this presentation.Now, in the next 90 seconds, turn tosomeone you do not know and share yourchoices. From those mutually agree upononly one choice.Read me your agreed-upon choice.
  2. 2. A long time ago in a distant galaxy ……I began to program with IBM cards on very big computers that didn’t have the power of your cell phone.
  3. 3. Ray Brannon, Ph.D. (ABD)www.inspectyourgadgets.com
  4. 4. A little about myself…six kids and grandson
  5. 5. Is Bullying Normative Behavior?
  6. 6. “prevailing evidence suggests that bully- victim relationships are normative”
  7. 7. A Vulture Culture: Does the Media Encourage Bullying
  8. 8. "Reality" shows, featuring adults arguing,shouting and flinging insults and threats at each other, are nothing more than sanctioned social bullying.
  9. 9. “The data suggests that school-based effortsto reduce cyberbullying may be more effectiveif they focus on youth who already experience symptoms of depression.”
  10. 10. A social phenomenon in which the presence of other people reduces helping behavior http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSsPfbup0ac
  11. 11. Despite the positive results shown by Olweus (1991) and the widespread use of suchprograms, recent research questions their effectiveness. J. D. Smith et al. (2004)quantitatively synthesized the results of 14 evaluation studies of whole-schoolantibullying programs. Outcomes were mostly negligible (i.e., effect size r≤.09) ornegative. Only one study yielded an outcome that was categorized asmedium (i.e., the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program),and none was categorized aslarge.
  12. 12. The authors found that the intervention studies produced meaningful andclinically important positive effects for about one-third of the variables. Themajority of outcomes evidenced no meaningful change, positive or negative.The authors conclude that school-bullying interventions may produce modestpositive outcomes, that they are more likely to influence knowledge, attitudes,and self-perceptions rather than actual bullying behaviors; and that the majorityof outcome variables in intervention studies are not meaningfully impacted.
  13. 13. What does it mean?
  14. 14. The thorny issue of whether schools may censor studentswho are off campus when they attack online has led to split decisions in federal courts.
  15. 15. What about legal remedies?
  16. 16. § 2709. Harassment. (a) Offense defined.--A person commits the crime of harassment when, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another, the person: (1) strikes, shoves, kicks or otherwise subjects the other person to physical contact, or attempts or threatens to do the same; (2) follows the other person in or about a public place or places; (3) engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which serve no legitimate purpose; (4) communicates to or about such other person any lewd, lascivious, threatening or obscene words, language, drawings or caricatures; (5) communicates repeatedly in an anonymous manner; (6) communicates repeatedly at extremely inconvenient hours; or (7) communicates repeatedly in a manner other than specified in paragraphs (4), (5) and (6).
  17. 17. According to 204 Pa. Code § 303.2, penalties for criminal offenses depend on acombination of the gravity score of the offense, the prior record of the offender,whether a deadly weapon was used and any other aggravating or enhancingfactors.Suggested maximum sentencing penalties for the following offenses are:Online Harassment is a misdemeanor of the third degree, and can incur up toone year in jail and/or fines not exceeding $2,500.A first violation for online stalking is a misdemeanor of the first degree, and caninclude imprisonment for not more than five years and/or fines not in excess of$10,000.Unlawful Use of Computers and E-mail, Possession of Online Child Pornography,Computer Trespass and Computer Theft are felonies of the third degree. Theseoffenses are punishable by up to seven years imprisonment and/or fines notexceeding $15,000.

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