Sexual Harassment May Be Common Part of Bullying

-Rick Nauert, PhD Sexual harassment is a prevalent form of victimization that most antibullying programs ignore and teachers and school officials often fail to recognize, according to bullying and youth violence expert Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D. The recent teen suicide of Brandy Vela, a teen in Texas City, Texas, is a case in point. AccordingContinue reading “Sexual Harassment May Be Common Part of Bullying”

Cyberbullies Likely to Be Former Friends or Romantic Partners

-Janice Wood Cyberbullying is more likely to occur between current or former friends and dating partners than between students who were never friends or in a romantic relationship, according to a new study. “A common concern regarding cyberbullying is that strangers can attack someone, but here we see evidence that there are significant risks associatedContinue reading “Cyberbullies Likely to Be Former Friends or Romantic Partners”

Victims Of Bullying At Increased Risk Of Anxiety Disorders And Depression Later On

Children who are bullied are at an increased risk of developing anxiety disorders and depression when they become adults, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. The study identified that bullying is not simply a ‘harmless rite of passage’, as it can also cause serious adverse health outcomes in the victims and perpetrators,Continue reading “Victims Of Bullying At Increased Risk Of Anxiety Disorders And Depression Later On”

Teaching About Social Meanness In Middle School

Developmental insecurity in early adolescence can cause cruelty at school. Several books ago I wrote one, Why Good Kids Act Cruel, to help parents help their early adolescents in middle school deal with mistreatment from social cruelty in any of the five forms it commonly takes: teasing, exclusion, bullying, rumoring, and ganging up. Why isContinue reading “Teaching About Social Meanness In Middle School”