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Brainstorming on bullying project

Students on the first day of class at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism sort ideas they brainstormed for a semester-long project on bullying. We’re aiming to have a website and book out in about 90 days.

Michigan passed a law in December, 2011, that requires school districts to have anti-bullying policies within six months. We are operating inside that window, but our multimedia project with national reach.

After the brainstorming John Hile, publisher of David Crumm Media, will put the words and phrases through keyword analysis. We need to know:

* What are people searching for?
* What do they call what they are searching for?
* Is the information out there for them?
* Can we provide the answers that aren’t there?

Our target is 8-12 hot and under-covered topics on bullying.

We plan to have e-books out on several platforms in early April and paper copies out soon after that.

We will build the website at http://news.jrn.msu.edu/bullying/

Can we go from Post-It notes to a book in 90 days? Watch us do it.

Bullying information for kids

Students need facts on bullying, too

Kids need bullying information just as much as parents and teachers do. After all, providing bullying facts for students puts the numbers out there so they can help where the bullying happens.

K-12 anti-bullying campaigns are becoming more popular and bullying information for kids can fuel them. Kids who have the bullying facts can share that information with other kids to supplement the stories and experiences they all know personally.

Whether kids have been bullied themselves or witnessed bullying, they are getting active trying to stop bulling. A few bully statistics for kids can help them succeed.

School anti-bullying activities are more effective if they rely on facts. Kids also need the information about bullying to help keep their schools safe.

This site includes information for kids about bullying, hazing, cyberbullying, and how to stop bullying.

Helpful links:

*”It gets better” for bullied LGBTQ youth

*Boys are the more physical bullies

*Girls’ bullying can be almost secret

*Youths turn to books on bullying

*School transitions are trouble spots

*Private-school bullying

*What is the definition of cyberbullying?

*Students talk about bullying

*Facebook fights bullying

*Cartoon Network takes a stand

* Bullyfree.com has seven things kids should know about bullying.

* Helping kids deal with bullies from the Nemours Foundation

* The federal StopBullying.com site has bullying information for kids at different ages.

Anti-bullying games, songs, poems, posters

Games, songs, poems combat bullying

Parents and teachers are helping students oppose or overcome bullying with songs, games and poems. Some adults lead anti-bullying games or have students write and perform anti-bullying songs and poems in anti-bullying song workshops.

With social media sites like YouTube, there is a worldwide collection of videos with anti-bullying messages in music and verse. Students create their own anti-bullying songs or perform the work of others.

• Songs for Teaching offers links to a number of anti-bullying songs
Anti-bullying games from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Bullying questionnaires measure the problem

Anti-bullying efforts can start with bullying questionnaires

Schools have used bullying questionnaires to quantify the problem. Bullying surveys can also point to possible solutions or pressure points.

Bullying surveys have been the basis for some national studies, but most bullying questionnaires are used at the state or local level to measure bullying and its effects.

Bullying questionnaires are often completed anonymously, of course, and results reflect the feelings and experiences of the group, rather than individuals.

You may create a bullying questionnaire of your own from information on this site. It will help you build a tool that measures the situation at your own school or in your own group, but it will not tell you how your group compares to a state or national population. A good bullying questionnaire can, however, tell you where the critical areas are and help direct your efforts.

Administering the same bullying questionnaire several times over the years will show you how things are changing. Ideally, your bullying questionnaire will lead to some measurable improvements.

These are some bullying questionnaires:

* Delaware’s bullying questionnaire was directed at kids of different ages.

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Bullying statistics and facts

Girls exclude and mock another in a school cafeteria

Statistics on bullying inform, guide action

People need bullying facts and statistics to create effective anti-bullying programs.

Knowing the facts behind bullying and current bullying statistics are essential to accurately and knowledgeably discussing the subject and informing others. Relevant bullying facts can motivate others to join and create effective anti-bullying programs.

Bullying statistics build understanding and inform actions.

The issue could use more research. Although fresh bullying facts are hard to come by, and bullying statistics tell just part of the story, we have pulled together some of the most relevant bullying information to help you.

Cyberbullying facts and statistics, which were not tracked until recently, are essential to the bullying story.

This site provides bullying facts and statistics, as well as the stories that help describe new types of bullying that have emerged since the turn of the 21st century. These are links to bullying statistics:

*Statistics for Online Bullying

*What happens when bullies grow up

* Pew research study into cyberbullying

* U.S. Dept. of Education Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies, 2011

* Bullying in Schools: An Overview, U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

*Statistics and accounts of Workplace Bullying

Hazing definitions: Legal, social, academic

One teen boy bullies another inside a school locker room.

Define hazing clearly to find a solution

The definition of hazing might have is as a tradition or ritual that social groups or teams display to show superiority or social hierarchy. Any hazing definition also includes issues of power, control and status. Hazing is sometimes called organized or group bullying.

The definition of hazing now varies by group or type of activity, but looking at a few examples of hazing, as this site does, will help lead to a hazing definition that is best suited to your situation.

For ideas about hazing and its definition, try these pages:

* New Wave: Anti-hazing laws

* Military Hazing: Rite or Wrong?

*Band Liaison: Hazing is never harmless



* Many universities have hazing definitions. Here is just one example, from Dartmouth.

* Delaware’s hazing definition is predicated on its creation as a law under the state’s education code.

* Utah law defines hazing in slightly different ways and carries harsher penalties.

* National Survey of Sports Teams gives statistics on hazing.

* Myths and facts about hazing from the University of Kansas.

What is the definition of cyberbullying?

Cyber bullying

Cyberbullying definition is 10 years old — and changing

Cyberbullying was defined – and the word coined – in 2001 by an educator concerned about bullying. The first cyberbullying definition was, “the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others.”

That cyberbullying definition has been changing ever since. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter came along in rapid succession a few years after cyberbullying was first defined. Each one has affected how we define cyberbullying.

New technology has changed legal definitions of cyberbullying. Laws about national security and discussions about civil rights are changing the way cyberbullying is defined and treated, too.

For such a new definition, cyberbullying has seen a lot of change. And no wonder. Here’s where you can get a clearer picture:

Facebook fights Bullying

Teens’ online world can be mean

Girls Bullying can be almost no secret

Cyberbullying shares some of the classic characteristics of regular bullying, but is carried out in new ways. StopCyberbullying.gov.

The Crimes Against Children Research Center does ongoing research into cyberbullying.

A report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project details cyberbullying.

Social exclusion a form of bullying

© Craig Dingle, iStockphoto

Relational or social aggression are other names for it

Social exclusion is a powerful tactic used to isolate and control victims in and out of school.

Groups might socially exclude someone as a display of control or power.

Social exclusion goes beyond the violence and public teasing or ridicule often associated with bullying. Instead, victims of social exclusion are shunned or ignored.

Treated as if they don’t exist, or as if their very existence is the problem, victims of social exclusion are singled out by whispering campaigns, gossip and mocking laughter. Isolated from a group, alone at lunch, on the playground and on the bus, the isolation is real and painful. Social Exclusion is difficult to spot, hard to stop and leaves lasting, sometimes fatal, damage to the self-image and self-esteem of the victim.

Here is some of the latest thinking on social exclusion:

Adler School of Professional Psychology Institute on Social Exclusion

What is the definition of bullying?

Pew Cebter word cloud

Bullying definition has changed, takes several forms

A clear bullying definition is the cornerstone for any anti-bullying effort.

Definitions of bullying abound, and that is part of the problem. There are several legal bullying definitions, school bullying definitions and definitions of bullying in any dictionary.

As bullying has changed, the definition of bullying has changed, too. Some bullying definitions have grown very long to cover every possibility, but they have become less effective as they seem to cover everything.

Coming up with a good definition of bullying is complicated because bullying can be non-physical and non-verbal. Cyberbullying complicates defining bullying. So do hazing and harassment.

We offer several definitions of bullying and they have some common elements. Rather than just adopting one of the bullying definitions for your needs, spend some time considering the different options and talking about your own situation.

Related Stories:

Students talk about bullying

Trying to define bullying

Can rules stop bullying?

More Links:

* Widely accepted definitions of bullying come from the pioneering work of Dan Olweus.

* Virginia’s Safe Schools Project has a sound bullying definition and research.

* The White House summit on bullying genearted several helpful resources.