Taking the fear out of school

Talk About It is an application that is working toward reducing bullying and problems plaguing K-12 children in school today.

How the application works: if someone at school witnesses bullying or a problem at school, he/she has the ability to notify an administrator, counsellor, or other authority figure of the issue.

From here, the person notified of the problem can take action and possibly prevent further torment or disruption.

With the focus on children grades 4-12, issues vary greatly from teasing at school to problems at home.

The ten most reported problems are:

1. Bullying

2. Stress

3. Family Problems

4. Depression

5. Fighting

6. Peer Pressure

7. Drugs

8. Cutting/Self-Injury

9. Cheating on Schoolwork

10. Sexual Harassment

Talk About It Anonymous Help is working toward reducing these issues so that children can go to school and focus on school, not the fear that often comes with it.

Bullying.

Originally posted on New England Tracks:

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Many Teenagers are affected by cyber bullying each day in New England.

 Q: How can I, as a parent, prevent and stop cyber-bullying?

 Cyber-bullying is often done by harassing another through emails, instant messages, text messages, and other avenues of electronic communication. “Some bullies start out as a friend, an ex, or someone your child may know well.” Said Alexia Bolton of Columbia University Dispatch. In one bullying case, it was another parent that may have been the cause. It is a little frightening to think about, but something can be done steps can be taken to ensure your childs safety online and in schools.

 The first step is prevention. Safety Web and other programs like it, is an excellent tool for parents to use. Safety Web monitors your child’s social media activity while ensuring their privacy. You also may set up parental alerts through Safety Web

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What to Do When You See Bullying: A Practical Guide

Originally posted on Children with Challenging Behavior:

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Don’t Bully Me
Photo by Phoenix Coverley

Note: This is the fourth in a series on bullying.

Bullying is extremely complex, but one thing about it is crystal clear: it is essential to stop it when you see it.

Your response—or lack of response—sends a message to every child in your class: that you will not allow bullying, or that you will. Your message may reach the whole school if you’re on the playground or in the cafeteria.

Teachers who know what to do are much more likely to intervene, so we decided to offer you a how-to guide. Although it’s drawn from evidence-based research and practice,* please don’t think it’s a bible. Not everything works every time or in every situation. The field is moving at lightning speed, much is controversial, and notions about what to do change frequently.

This intervention works best when you feel comfortable using…

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Burlington Schools investigate alleged bullying video

Originally posted on WQAD.com:

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Burlington Community School District officials say they, and police, are investigating a video that appears to depict bullying.

The video, circulating online, shows one person who appears to be the target of three others.  In about 3.5 minutes, the apparent confrontation escalates from taunting over a hat to shoving, tripping and punching.  The victim loses a shoe during the altercation and later appears to try to fight off three attackers.

In the audio portion of the clip it appears the person behind the camera laughs at several points during the attack.

Unconfirmed claims online indicate it all happened near the Burlington School District administrative building.

A post on the district’s Facebook page indicated the attack happened over the weekend of November 2-3, 2013.

Police later confirmed the alleged bullies were in juvenile custody by Tuesday, November 5.

The Facebook post said the district has identified the attackers…

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Tormented For Years, NYC Student To Sue Bullies And Their Parents

Originally posted on CBS New York:

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — You’ve seen the heartbreaking stories, bullies pushing kids to suicide.

Now there are calls for the parents of those bullies to pay.

CBS 2′s Jessica Schneider talked Tuesday with one teen who said the parents should be punished.

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“I thought that I would never have friends. I thought that I would never live a happy, fulfilling life. And I sort of just lost the will to live because of that,” Caitlin Rocco said.

Bullies pushed 16-year-old Rocco to the verge of suicide — not once, but twice.

She said they tormented her every day for years.

Last year she was hospitalized after having suicidal thoughts.

“One girl pushed me into the bus lane and said ‘I wish there had been a…

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