Over the last few days, the subject of bullying has once again come into focus as we read about a student in Southbridge Middle/High School being expelled for cyberbullying. Bullying has been sharply in focus on the national level as the ramifications of in-person bullying and cyberbullying have become all too clear. While the focus of StopBullying.gov deals primarily with children bullying their peers, it is clear that the effects are the same notwithstanding the age of the bully or the age of the one being bullied. Adults can be the perpetrators, and they can be the victims.
Because the topic of cyberbullying has been the issue in our community recently, I would call your attention to that section of the StopBullying website that addresses that.
Also, some people may be interested in viewing a webinar presentation today (December 5, 2012) presented by the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a number of laws and policies regarding bullying. Those can be found here.
Currently StopBullying.gov is asking people to vote on submissions regarding anti-bullying submitted by students.
To view the 7 semi-finalist videos and cast your vote click here.
Finally, consider signing up for regular emails and updates from StopBullying.gov, Also join the effort on Facebook and Twitter. Together we can make a difference.
Here is a video describing the stop bullying movement:
Finally, the concern about bullying has everyone's attention: