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Bullying evolves with age and proves difficult to escape from

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Bullying is a harmful antisocial behavior present in schools all over the world. Involvement in bullying, as either perpetrators or victims, have serious short-term and long-term consequences for all the members of the school community, family and society in general, causing future problems related to depression and difficulty with social relationships. Moreover, studies on bullying link it to drug use and even offending.” (more)

Researchers find girls more likely to notice, interpret and intervene in bullying situations

Medical X-Press – Kara Irby

“Forget what you’ve heard about mean girls; new research from Florida State University finds girls are far more likely than boys to notice instances of bullying and interpret them as emergencies. Those findings were recently published in the Journal of Early Adolescence. Lyndsay Jenkins is an assistant professor in the FSU College of Education and lead author on the study.” (more)

Study ties pre-K bullying to childhood depression

Education Dive – Amelia Harper

“A new study of 198 2- and 3-year-old Canadian students, who were primarily white and middle-class, finds preschool children who both bully and are themselves bullied are most likely to show signs of childhood depression, which can appear as early as age 3 and increases the risk of depression in later childhood and adolescence, according to the Hechinger Report.” (more)

One in 10 Wales secondary school pupils ‘bullied weekly’

BBC – Staff Writer

“Individual school policies on bullying should be replaced by a national strategy, a leading expert has said. Bangor University’s Prof Judy Hutchings said bullying decreased in Finland after this approach was adopted. One in 10 secondary school pupils in Wales are bullied weekly and 35% have been targeted in the last two months, according to figures from the Schools Health Research Network.” (more)

Looking for a way to lower suspensions and reduce bullying?

E-School News – Michael S. Gaskell

“Suspension has been a commonly used disciplinary method in schools for decades. Unfortunately, it also has no positive impact on students. What’s worse, these same children often develop a dislike for law enforcement that lasts into adulthood. This is a dangerous cycle that we have to stop to help students stay in school, develop positive relationships with adults in positions of authority, and achieve greater success. At my school, we found a solution. Read on and you will discover where the idea came from and how to replicate it in your school.” (more)

Signs Your Child Is Being Bullied, And What To Do About It

The Huffington Post – Taylor Pittman

“One of the hardest parts of being a parent or caregiver can be letting go. It can be both exciting and scary to see your kids grow up, make their own decisions and build friendships. And if a bully enters the picture, it’s difficult to know exactly what to do.” (more)