Monthly Archives: September 2016

How Social Media Helps Teens Cope With Anxiety, Depression, and Self-Harm

(Thanks to the Cyberbullying Research Center. – Mike Tully)

It is easy for many adults – whether educators or parents – to focus on the negatives of social media in the lives of teens today. This is understandable, because they are the ones who have to deal with the fallout when adolescents make mistakes online (cyberbullying incidents, sexting cases, electronic dating violence, digital reputation drama, and similar forms of wrongdoing). Whether they are categorized as moments of youthful indiscretion or instances of intentional harm towards others, they do happen. And we are left to help those teens pick up the pieces and ideally find a redemptive silver lining in it all.

However, it is worth pointing out and highlighting the fact that the vast majority of kids are doing the right things when it comes to social media. For example, our recent research based on national data from Summer 2016 from found that only 12% of middle and high school students have cyberbullied others. That of course means that 88% have not! Most youth are interacting responsibly, productively, and in meaningful ways. They are meeting the social and relational needs that all individuals have, and some of it is actually keeping them going.

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The Parent’s Guide to After School

(Thanks to Connect Safely.  – Mike Tully)

After School is an app for both Apple (iOS) and Android devices that lets high school students interact with other students at their school. Because it’s limited to fellow students at their school, it’s essentially a private network. No one other than fellow students can see what students post. Based in San Francisco, After School was founded in 2014 by Michael Callahan and Cory Levy “as a place for teens who want to be themselves, make new connections, and participate in positive activities – both online and offline,” according to its founders.

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‘Workplace bullying remains a significant issue for the nursing profession’

It is over three years since the publication of the Francis report, which highlighted a culture of workplace bullying and fear, and demonstrated the consequences to patients and staff. Yet workplace bullying remains a significant issue for the nursing profession worldwide, and not only involves managers bullying their staff but also nurses bullying each other. Evidence from the US suggests 60% of all new nurses quit their first job within the first year due to workplace behaviour issues and 48% of graduating nurses are concerned they will become the target of workplace bullying.

This reminded me of an excellent article in our archive that explores the research into bullying and its causes, as well as different types of bullying and its impact on victims. You will find the section on combating, preventing and dealing with the problem particularly useful.

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Labour minister considers new laws to combat sexual harassment and bullying in the RCMP

OTTAWA — The federal labour minister is looking at whether Canada Labour Code reforms are needed to address harassment issues within the RCMP after hearing from a disgruntled female Mountie.

MaryAnn Mihychuk asked for a briefing from Public Safety officials after receiving a message from an RCMP member who alleged the Mounties had failed to “adequately address her complaints” of sexual harassment through internal procedures, an internal government memo reveals.

Mihychuk and her officials wanted to know more about the RCMP’s policies, procedures and guidelines to gauge the need for possible amendments to Part 2 of the Canada Labour Code, intended to protect employees from violence in the workplace.

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Family says 9-year-old boy ‘bullied to death

UPDATE:The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office released more information concerning the death of 9-year-old Jackson Grubb.

Deputies arrived at a residence in the Soak Creek area around 2:35 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. The call came in as a hanging.

“Based upon the examination of the scene and interview of various witnesses and neighbors foul play is not suspected,” according to the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office. The injuries appear to be self-inflicted. Grubb’s body was sent the the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office for examination.

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