“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see” ~Neil Postman
Our vision is a world without bullying. Starting our 17th year of providing evidence based bullying prevention tools and strategies to people working with youth. Details www.ibpaworld.org
The International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) was founded in 2003 when grassroots practitioners and researchers came together to convene the first conference in the US entirely focused on bullying prevention. Since then, it has grown to be the premier global membership organization dedicated to advancing bullying prevention best practices by: - Convening research-based forums - Advocating best practices - Promoting positive school climate - Collaborating across disciplines/sectors/fields The organization is structured around four guiding principles which include: - Ethical training practices - Ethical conduct toward practices and performance - Ethical conduct toward professional colleagues - Ethical conduct toward community The International Bullying Prevention Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Become an IBPA member and gain access to a number of exclusive benefits and resources.
Mission: IBPA’s Mission Advancing bullying prevention best practices by: • Convening research-based forums • Advocating best practices • Promoting positive school climate • Collaborating across disciplines/sectors/fields
“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see” ~Neil Postman
Ensuring positive and strong attachments to parents, teachers, or peers will enhance our cyberbullying prevention efforts. Recent research in the Springer International Journal of Bullying Prevention explores predictors of adolescent cyberbullying using data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and its Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) study. For the full article, please see https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s42380-019-00025-7.
“Racism harms children’s health, starting from before they are born." In a recent press release, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends parents engage their children about current traumatic events, taking into account their age and development. AAP President Dr. Sally Goza suggests, "As an organization dedicated to the health and well-being of children, adolescents and young adults, it is in our mission...to fight all forms of racism.” Please see https://tinyurl.com/ydxnbxpo for AAP's advice to parents.
“When I say it's you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.” ~Fred Rogers
It is time to rethink school-based bullying prevention and shift toward a systemic effort using a social-emotional learning lens. In the June 2020 issue of International Journal of Bullying Prevention, Diana Divecha and Marc Brackett from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence highlight several studies that show SEL as a promising approach for reducing disruptive behavior and for forming positive relationships, creating positive school climates, and so much more. Please see https://tinyurl.com/ybyshwhm for the full piece.
The June 2020 issue of the International Journal of Bullying Prevention is out! New research on the relationship between PTSD and bullying/cyberbullying, reasons behind students being targeted, contributing factors to cyberbullying, rethinking bullying prevention through a social-emotional lens, and more. Articles are available for free download. Please see table of contents here: https://link.springer.com/journal/42380/2/2.
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." ~Mahatma Ghandhi
What can be the lasting impact of the pandemic on our children? Developmental psychologist Diana Divecha shares research from previous crises, from war to natural disasters, that help us understand how to protect our children's mental health during this time. Practicing self-care and connecting children to a higher purpose are just two of the suggestions found in this article from the The Greater Good Science Center: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/will_the_pandemic_have_a_lasting_impact_on_my_kids.
As US schools plan for reopening in the fall, Dr. Dimitri Christakis urges the creation of an expert task force to focus solely on school reopening and the impact of the crisis on children's mental health. He writes, "Using all existing and emerging data—however incomplete—[task force members] should make their best-informed recommendations to help states make this crucial decision, based on science and not politics, as soon as possible." For the full editorial published in JAMA Pediatrics, please see https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2766113.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." ~Mother Theresa
#peace #belonging #connection
As schools begin to plan for re-entry, "Feeling Safe in School" by Jonathan Cohen and Dorothy L. Espelage can provide valuable information about restoring a sense of safety in our schools. These two leading authorities in the fields of school climate and prevention science gathered experts from around the globe to highlight policy and practice recommendations for supporting children and adolescents to feel and be safe in school. To order this April 2020 release, please see https://www.hepg.org/hep-home/books/feeling-safe-in-school.
During this divisive time, how can we find a way to be civil to one another online when disagreeing? By using "pandetiquette," suggests Justin Patchin, Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. In a recent blog, he offers perspective on how we can keep the social in social media at a time of seemingly insurmountable opposition. Please see https://cyberbullying.org/pandetiquette-civility-amid-polarization to read the first post on this timely topic.
This article discusses "pandetiquette" - that is, how to interact civilly with others online with whom we may fiercely disagree.
Teachers have adapted to a host of exhausting new challenges during the coronavirus, leaving them more susceptible to burnout. Edutopia asked educators and other experts for strategies to help address this new type of burnout. Among the suggestions is for teachers to reclaim a routine with consistent time slots for specific tasts, including time for self-care. Routines and other predictable patterns signal safety to the brain, even during a pandemic. For more suggestions, please see the full piece by Nora Flemings here: https://www.edutopia.org/article/curbing-teacher-burnout-during-pandemic.
Teachers are adapting to a host of exhausting new challenges during the coronavirus. We asked educators and other experts for strategies to help address this new form of burnout.
"Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging." ~Joseph Campbell
How can we address bias during this time of remote learning? Join the Anti-Defamation League today at 4 PM EST and help address the anti-immigrant and anti-Asian bias that has spread with the COVID-19 pandemic. This free webinar will provide strategies and resources for educators to address bias during the crisis. To register: https://tinyurl.com/ycp4sksb.
"Millions of educators have risen above what they were trained to do, throwing themselves not only into online teaching with virtually no preparation but also into other impromptu roles: video editor, device distributor, tech support, meal site worker, car parade driver, sidewalk-chalk writer, window waver and much more."In the midst of a pandemic, Teacher Appreciation Week allows us to recognize how truly amazing our teachers are. See this USA TODAY article highlighting a few of their stories: https://tinyurl.com/yba74szz.
A coronavirus pandemic and quarantine orders showed millions of families that America's teachers are not just convenient but essential.
"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less." ~Marie Curie
During this crisis, school communities have embraced social media and are connecting their members in fun and engaging ways. Dr. Sameer Hinduja, co-founder of the Cyberbullying Research Center shares some of these ideas in a recent post found here: https://cyberbullying.org/eight-fun-student-engagement-ideas-during-covid-19-beyond.
Educators, student engagement is essential now more than ever. Here are eight fun ways to keep them inspired, connected, and feeling loved - especially when they're away from school!
Parents, when you make self-care a priority, it benefits your whole family, especially during this pandemic. The clinicians at Child Mind Institute offer five tips to help you during this time:
1. Make time for yourself
2. Prioritize healthy choices
3. Be realistic
4. Set boundaries
5. Reconnect with things you enjoy
For more information, please see https://childmind.org/article/self-care-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/.
For parents, prioritizing your own needs can be very difficult, but it will help ensure that you have the bandwidth needed to take good care of your family.
How will schools look when they reopen? In a recent piece for NPR All Things Considered, Anya Kamenetz shares the thoughts of education and public health experts to keep students and staff safe and healthy as they re-enter schools. In addition to increased health and hygiene measures, new calendars, staggered schedules, and revised attendance policies are likely. Please see https://tinyurl.com/yaucsfp5.
What happens when we give people the benefit of the doubt? We are happier! In a recent article from The Greater Good Science Center, Elizabeth Hopper shares the research behind looking at others in a positive light. She writes that our strong and supportive relationships actually "help us to see the social world in a more benign light." The more charitable our attitude, the happier we are. For the full piece, please see https://tinyurl.com/ycze4rpp
Students need school counselors now more than ever. Cory Turner from nprEd writes, "Between closed schools, social isolation, food scarcity and parental unemployment, the coronavirus pandemic has so destabilized kids' support systems that the result...is genuinely traumatic." Turner shares the innovative ways that schools and school counselors are addressing the social and emotional needs of students during this time: https://tinyurl.com/ya3sol52.
School counselors say the coronavirus pandemic has so destabilized kids' lives that the result is genuinely traumatic. And closed schools make it harder for counselors to help.
What happens when we lose our social rituals? Dr. Jill Suttie from The Greater Good Science Center Magazine recently explores what happens when we lose traditions such as funerals, graduations, and wedding ceremonies. Social rituals create a sense of unity and close bonds and turn events into something more special and meaningful. While formalized rituals may not be possible now, we can still find the sense of unity and belongingness that we need in online social interaction. For the entire piece, please see https://tinyurl.com/y92bl8jn.
"Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying (whispering), 'I will try again tomorrow.'"
~Mary Anne Radmacher
Take a virtual #Stand4Change with Defeat The Label on Friday, May 1, 2020! In addition to the annual Stand4Change event being held virtually this year, DTL has provided a bullying prevention toolkit for teachers and parents to use with children and young people. The toolkit can be found here:https://tinyurl.com/y76y835v
As more schools, teachers, and students are upended by the rapid transition to online learning, what should our priorities be? The podcast, "Maslow Before Bloom’s: Clarifying Our Priorities As Teaching Goes Online," hosted by Larry Ferlazzo, high school teacher and Education Week columnist, explores this question with teachers on the frontline. Please see https://tinyurl.com/yacmbe5j for this podcast.
Parents, you can support your child and manage your own stress during school closures and remote learning. In a recent article from The Greater Good Science Center, Dr. Rebecca Branstetter, school psychologist, offers helpful suggestions to parents. For example, she encourages parents to simply and reduce their expectations for both remote work and homeschooling.. For additional suggestions, please see https://tinyurl.com/y9ulsj3f.
"Stay safe at home. Stay safe online." End Violence Against Children has teamed up with their partners in the technology industry, including Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Roblox, Twitter and Snapchat, to develop a new campaign to help keep children safe in this rapidly changing environment. In collaboration with governments around the world, these partners have developed PSAs and other resources to keep our children safe. See https://www.end-violence.org/safeonlinecovid.
Go easy on yourselves and on your children. "We’re expending so much energy on survival—keeping ourselves and our children healthy and alive—that we simply cannot perform at our usual level," writes Dr. Mona Delahooke, licensed clinical psychologist. She offers valuable lessons for these extraordinary times, including reducing expectations for ourselves and our children and allowing our vulnerability to be. Please see https://tinyurl.com/y8q8g3am for the full article.
In her latest podcast episode of "Unlocking Us," Brené Brown talks with Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and lead developer of the The RULER Approach.Together they "talk about how emotional literacy – being able to recognize, name, and understand our feelings – affects everything from learning, decision making, and creativity, to relationships, health, and performance." See https://brenebrown.com/podcast/dr-marc-brackett-and-brene-on-permission-to-feel/.
Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say, "This is my community, and it's my responsibility to make it better." ~Tom McCall
#heroes #everydayheroes #community
This week ICANHELP introduced the winners of the 2020 #Digital4Good awards, celebrating student voice and digital leadership. This year ICANHELP received an outstanding number of nominees and are incredibly proud of each project. "These winners have made a huge impact and truly embody what it means to use #Digital4Good!" To learn more about the #Digital4Good campaign, please see, https://www.icanhelpdeletenegativity.org/d4gevent.
How can parents keep their children safe online during this crisis? Bullying prevention expert Dr. Dorothy Espelage provides some helpful tips and strategies for parents in her recent interview with The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on social distancing and cyberbullying. See https://tinyurl.com/ydhp6zdy for this timely and relevant piece.
"Learning is not about turning on a light. Instead, it’s about constructing better and faster roads." Rishi Sriram, Associate Professor of Education at Baylor University helps us understand that when students experience productive struggle, new learning, or the new connections between neurons, becomes stronger, much like going from dirt pathways to paved expressways. Learn more in this recent Edutopia article: https://www.edutopia.org/article/neuroscience-behind-productive-struggle.
How can families manage their children's increased screen time during a global pandemic? Justin Patchin, Co-Director of Cyberbullying Research Center, shares several ways to help parents find balance and also ensure their kids' online safety, including the following:
1. Spend time online with kids
2. Remind them about basic online safety principles
2. Talk to kids about cyberbullying behavior
3. Teach them how to report problematic behavior
Please see https://tinyurl.com/t9ghdoz for this helpful article.
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