Pennsylvania: Bullying prevention netted positive change

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PITTSBURGH, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Preliminary findings of a statewide study on bullying prevention programs demonstrate significant decreases in reports of students being bullied and increased perceptions among students about the importance of positive bystander behavior, an important factor in reducing bullying. The findings were announced today by the Highmark Foundation, through its Highmark Healthy High 5 initiative, and its partners at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Windber Research Institute and the Center for Safe Schools.
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Educator: Parents’ role is vital to stop cyber-bullying

By Leanna Landsmann
Detroit Free Press
Dear Leanna: My daughter Karissa, 12, was “cyber-bullied” by girls just before school ended, so I didn’t report it. I reduced her computer access this summer, and she became less upset. School’s starting and she’s emotional again. Should I alert the school?

Answer: Yes, but don’t assume the problem will disappear without your involvement. Schools are concerned about cyber-bullying, but the counselor’s caseload and the time since the incident will make it hard to get to the heart of this case.
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Florida school administrators invite SafeWave.org to conference

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Orlando, FL (PRWEB) — SafeWave.org™ is a nonprofit organization becoming recognized as an online safety leader. It offers the only free and secure Internet safe haven for children ages 5-18. SafeWave.org’s™ iLAND5™ is enriched with education, games and social interactions in an age-appropriate network.
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Calif. school district opts in to Olweus anti-bullying training

BY VICTOR GARCIA
VISALIA Times-Delta
Bullying not only affects students psychologically and emotionally but ultimately affects test performance and attendance, according to data presented by a Tulare County education expert Monday.

Tulare County Office of Education’s Tom Byars presented the data to a diverse group at Mission Oak High School. Tulare Joint Union High School District administrators, teachers, parents and students listened to Byars present Olweus (pronounced Olveus) anti-bullying training. Tulare high schools are the first high schools in the county to participate in Olweus.
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Maryland district to spend $60,000 on bullying prevention

By DAN DEARTH
The Herald-Mail
HAGERSTOWN — Washington County Public Schools will spend a little more than $60,000 on materials to teach faculty how to recognize and deal with bullying.
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Pediatricians endorse Clemson University bullying-prevention program

By Sharon Crout
Clemson University
CLEMSON — A bullying-prevention program based in Clemson University’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life has been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics as an effective way to address youth violence in schools.

The academy’s policy statement on the role of the pediatrician in youth-violence prevention appeared in the July issue of its journal, “Pediatrics.” The academy identified the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program as the model for successful programs to prevent bullying.

Clemson’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life (IFNL) serves as the hub for dissemination of the Olweus program in the United States. In that role, the institute oversees all product development, research and training for the program in North and South America.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recognition is gratifying as IFNL observes 10 years of leadership in uniting communities to keep kids safe,” said Gary Melton, institute director.

The Olweus approach is a school-wide program that includes interventions at the school level, in the classroom and with individual students and their parents. The program has been replicated and evaluated internationally. Full story.

Beating bullies: Seeking solutions to youth violence

Newswise — Sally Black, RN, Ph.D., associate professor of health services at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, was particularly happy to see the American Association of Pediatrics’ newly released policy statement on preventing youth violence. She was even more elated that for the first time ever the statement specifically addresses the issue of bullying, which Black has long been researching and advocating against.

In fact, this summer, with the help of the SJU Summer Scholars program and a junior psychology major Jessica Lax, Black is continuing her analysis of the Olweus bullying prevention program in a large urban school district, comparing data and determining the ongoing effectiveness of the program now that funding is running out for some of the schools.

“The recommendations are a positive step in the right direction, but certainly long overdue,” says Black, who believes that for too long adults have taken the wrong attitude toward bullies. Full story.