Massachusetts legislators hear appeals for anti-bullying law

By MOLLY CONNORS
Cape Cod Times
BOSTON — A Cape Cod mother made a tearful plea to state legislators yesterday to pass one of a dozen bills addressing school bullying, saying the state must step in to assure schools do their job in protecting students from mental and physical anguish.

“I felt my son needed to be protected. The bullying completely disrupted his ability to feel safe in a learning environment,” said Theresa Jackson, a Forestdale resident and mother of a 13-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder.
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Facebook launches safety tips as part of anti-bullying week

The Guardian
The theme of this year’s National Anti-Bullying-Week, which starts today, is cyber-bullying. In fact, after name calling cyber-bullying is the most common type of bullying, as a recent study for the Department for Children, Schools and Families revealed. It is an issue has to be taken seriously: 47% of 14-year-olds in the survey reported bullying. Its impact continues as kids get older: 41% of 15-year-olds and 29% of 16-year-olds report facing the problem.
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Warwick University develops virtual reality anti-bullying game

By Pratik Desai
The Register
Boffins at Warwick University have claimed their virtual reality bullying simulator will help victims cope with the stress of being taunted.

FearNot! creates a virtual school with 3D pupils that can be set to bully, look like an easy target or sit meekly in fear of attracting unwanted attention.
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North Carolina law spurs school system to beef-up bullying policy

By Mike Wilder
Times-News
BURLINGTON, N.C. — A new state law means the Alamance-Burlington School System will change its policy against harassment and bullying.

The change means the policy will prohibit bullying based on sexual orientation, along with other characteristics, such as race, religion, sex and physical appearance.
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Hidden Oaks, Fla. students to wear pink for anti-bullying

By: Kelley Dunn
WPTV.com
PALM CITY, FL — On Friday November 13th, students and staff at Hidden Oaks Middle School will be taking part in a unique anti-bullying campaign.

As a kick-off to National Anti-Bullying Week (Nov. 16th – Nov. 20th) they will be creating a “Sea of Pink” by wearing pink shirts to school as a visual stand against bullying.
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Study: Virtual reality games could help bullying victims

ScienceDaily
Virtual reality games could help children to escape victimisation and bullying at school, according to researchers at the University of Warwick.

Children who took part in a three-week anti-bullying virtual learning intervention in schools in the UK and Germany showed a 26% decrease in victimisation.
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Bryan County, Okla. United Way funds Girl Scout anti-bullying program

By Jamie Carrick Staff
Durant Daily Democrat
Editor’s note: This is part of a series on agencies that receive funding from Bryan County United Way.

Bryan County Girl Scouts teaches girls (grades K-12) self confidence and leadership skills that they can use throughout their lives.

The Magnolia Service Unit in Bryan County, which is part of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, is receiving funding from the Bryan County United Way for the program “Powered Up.”
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