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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Half of teens are bullied; most tormented on computer, mobile phone

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
LONDONG, ENGLAND — Nearly half of 14-year-olds nationwide have been the victim of bullying, research found today.

‘Cyberbullying’ – where children face taunts, threats and insults via the internet and mobile phones – is now the most common form, along with name calling, the study of 10,000 teenagers showed.
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Study: 47% of 14-year-olds ‘are bullied’; boys more so

BBC
Nearly half of 14-year-olds in England have experienced some sort of bullying, a study of 10,000 teenagers for the government suggests.

Name calling and cyberbullying – where the victim faces threats and insults via mobile phones and the internet – were the most common forms.
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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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Bullies lack self-esteem, lack self-respect

By Keith Purtell
Phoenix Staff Writer
Dr. Sara Jones of Fort Gibson said she dealt with a lot of bullies when she was a school counselor and gaining their trust was key.

Her method was to find out what was causing the student to engage in bullying behavior.

“It always comes from a lack of self respect,” she said. “They don’t respect themselves, and they don’t feel good about themselves. Somebody is treating them badly. That’s what triggers the behavior.”
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Fon du Lac, Wisc. district partners to stop bullying

Fon du Lac Reporter.com
It takes a community to prevent bullying of children.

The fourth annual Bullying Prevention Awareness Week, Oct 4 to 10, encourages communities nationwide to work together to increase awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children.
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Research: Middle school LGBT students face more bullying

GLSEN NEWS RELEASE
NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2009 – Middle school LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students are significantly more likely to face hostile school climates than high school LGBT students, yet have less access to school resources and support, according to a new research brief from GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, released as the New York Times Magazine publishes a cover story on students coming out in middle school.
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