Monthly Archives: January 2016

WA State re-introduces the HWB in 2016

Eleven Washington State House Representatives have sponsored the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill (HB 2894). Another 11 state Senators of both parties are sponsoring the Senate companion bill (SB 6532). The HWB defines health-harming abusive conduct and makes it unlawful for employers to allow it to happen.

This marks the return of the legislation to Washington, absent since 2012. Washington was the 4th state to ever introduce the legislation.

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Dr. Patricia Agatston Named President of the International Bullying Prevention Association

Dr. Patricia Agatston
Dr. Patricia Agatston (from LinkedIn)

Dr. Patricia Agatston has been announced the new president of the International Bullying Prevention Association, a nonprofit aimed at preventing bullying.

The International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) strives to make schooling systems a safer place for children by creating a safe learning environment that is free from all bullying behaviors. The organization does this through research based bullying prevention training, practices, and support.

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Unfriended Redefines Cyberbullying

(NOTE:  If anybody who reads this has seen this film, I’d be interested in your reaction.  I hadn’t heard about it until I read this post.  — Mike Tully, Editor)

There is a film that was released in 2015 that combines the elements of a horror film with the everyday activity of skyping one’s friends. The film is called “Unfriended” and there are a few things about this film that makes it slightly different from most horror films. For one thing, the entire movie shows a teenage girl’s laptop screen as she skypes her friends and does some things with the internet. There is a backstory behind the film: there is a video of a girl named Laura Barns that was posted on the internet. The video shows her behaving in a rather strange behavior as she attends a party where she is under the pretense that she is drunk; this causes Laura to ultimately commit suicide, 3 months after the video’s release.

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How to Stop Bullying (AU)

In spite of countless advocacies, bullying remains rampant. A new research reveals a multi-tiered approach and recommendations for peers, parents, schools and new media platforms to stop bullying.

Published in the journal Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, the study has taken into account more than 20 years of bullying research. According to study author Amy Bellmore, bullying is not a harmless rite of passage for children. It is destructive to youth, schools and the general public, so stakeholders must take these suggestions seriously.

Peers Higher levels of bullying happen when victims are not defended by their peers in their classrooms than in classrooms where pupils try to stop the bullying. Bellmore encourages students to share their emotional reactions, offer support and come up with peaceful alternatives to protect the victims.

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Only 46% of Students Feel Valued in Their School

What is your aspiration as a teacher?

What about as a leader? Do you have one?

What if a student walked up to you and asked if you knew their aspiration…would you know it?

As a teacher I’m not so sure I knew the aspirations of all of my students. Who has the time for all of that? We have so much curriculum to get to, tests to score, and grades to give. Unfortunately, the more we try to shove at them, the more they believe we don’t understand them at all. Students want to know their teachers and leaders understand them.

In a student voice survey (Quaglia & Corso) of more than 66,000 students in grades 6 through 12, some pretty eye-opening information was provided.

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