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Girls more likely to be bullied than boys, English schools survey finds

The Guardian – Richard Adams

“Girls are much more likely than boys to be bullied at school, with almost twice as many on the receiving end of cyberbullying and social exclusion by other pupils, according to a government study. The figures from a survey of 10,000 pupils at schools in England in year 11 – children aged 15 or 16 – revealed a decline in reports of bullying overall and particularly in incidents of violent bullying, which mainly affects boys.” (more)

When Teens Cyberbully Themselves

KQED News Mind/Shift – Juli Fraga

“During the stressful teen years, most adolescents experience emotional highs and lows, but for more than 20 percent of teenagers, their worries and sad feelings turn into something more serious, like anxiety or depression. Studies show that 13 percent to 18 percent of distressed teens physically injure themselves via cutting, burning or other forms of self-harm as a way to cope with their pain.” (more)

4 tips on how schools can use social media

District Administration – Monica Burns

“Sharing special events, celebrating student accomplishments and telling stories of the small moments from a school day are all part of the role of educators. Social media platforms are powerful tools for educators who are committed to connecting with stakeholders in a meaningful, consistent manner. It gives them information in the spaces they are already exploring on their own time.” (more)

What your kids want to tell you about social media

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Memo to Mom and Dad: Rein in your screen time. That’s one of the things that kids say they’d like to tell their parents, according to a survey on families’ technology rules and expectations. To better understand the tug of war between parents and children over their electronic gadgets, researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Washington asked 249 families with 10- to 17-year-old kids about their household rules.” (more)

Shaming your kids on social media can be psychologically harmful, parenting experts say

The Toronto Star – Sheryl Ubelacker

“It might be called the “shame game” — a parent embarrassing a child on social media as a way of disciplining them for bad behaviour with the hope they will learn their lesson and mend their ways. But parenting experts say such public humiliation isn’t an effective means of discipline for altering behaviour and can have long-lasting effects on a child’s self-esteem.” (more)

Poll: Social media makes it both easier and more challenging to parent tweens

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“As children hit the “tween” stage between early elementary grades and the teenage years, parents may struggle balancing the need for independence with appropriate supervision, a new national poll suggests. And modern technology has changed the ground rules. Nearly all parents of tweens ages 9-12 agree that social media makes it easier for kids to get in trouble. But 61 percent also felt that social media helps parents keep track of tweens, according to a new report from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan.” (more)