It was the latest in a string of teen suicides tied to bullying. In September, Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi threw himself off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate, Dharun Ravi, and a woman who lived down the hall named Molly Wei, secretly recorded Clementi having sex and then broadcast the footage online.
In recent years, systematic investigation has confirmed that it is a pervasive phenomenon. At the same time, many parents and teachers have become more determined that action must be taken to stop severe bullying.
It is clear that bullying can blight the life of many pupils who experience it, while those pupils who get away with bullying others are learning values at odds with any proper preparation for citizenship. Schools have become increasingly aware that bullying is a problem to be addressed, and that doing so openly will get grateful recognition from parents and pupils.
In the last few years, many more resources have become available to help schools, teachers, governors and parents deal effectively with bullying situations, and assist pupils who get involved in them. But how useful are these different approaches?
In this book, we survey investigations into bullying generally, but also document in some detail the researches carried out over the last four years in Sheffield. This funding has enabled a team of researchers based here to monitor and evaluate the success of different kinds of approaches and interventions used by schools.
This book tells how the research was done, what we found, and the implications for schools. The companion volume, S. Smith edsTackling bullying in your school: A practical handbook for teachers Routledge,provides detailed guidance as to how to go about many of the procedures, interventions and strategies discussed and evaluated in this book.
The work described in this book has been greatly assisted by many people.
Sarah Barron provided secretarial and administrative support, often beyond the call of duty, and we are very grateful for her support.
Several honours undergraduate students at the University of Sheffield gathered data as part of their project work: Siobhan Mooney and Nicola Kerr assisted in checking the bibliography and preparing the indexes. We also have greatly enjoyed working with so many staff, pupils, governors and parents of Sheffield schools.
A large number of schools took part in our projects, and in the great majority of cases we have experienced help and appreciation of the work we were doing, even when difficulty or disruption was experienced.
We hope that the research process will have helped these schools, and that the results of this and other research on bullying will be of assistance to schools across the country.
Bullying in schools has long been a matter of concern. In the above extract, a year-old woman recalls some of the systematic bullying she experienced at school.
Although now leading a normal life, she also mentions the long-lasting effects which she believes these experiences had for her.The US definitely needs a federal prevention of school bullying law, which specifically requires mandatory reporting of all bullying incidents and obligates school administrators to call .
This resource guide provides links to organizations, programs, publications, and resources focused on bullying prevention. It is divided into seven sections: (1) Organizations and Websites; (2) Data, Bullying in Schools: An Overview | Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention ().
The Problem of Bullying in Schools. There is new concern about school violence, and police have assumed greater responsibility for helping school officials ensure students' safety. / To prevent youth suicide, we must address more than bullying.
Blog. To prevent youth suicide, we must address more than bullying. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. Share page. Schools’ bullying prevention efforts are critically important.
However, the continued narrative that youth suicide is caused by bullying may divert schools. Ask what schools, law enforcement agencies, public health agencies, libraries, workplaces, religious institutions, child protective agencies, and others are doing to prevent, not just react to, violence.
The Handbook of Bullying in Schools: An International Perspective provides a comprehensive review and analysis of what is known about the worldwide bullying phenomena. It is the first volume to systematically review and integrate what is known about how cultural and regional issues affect bullying behavior and its prevention.