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ERIC Number: EJ799001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
H8 @ Skul: Cyber World Bullying
Goddard, Connie
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v73 n7 p4-9 Mar 2008
The cover of a "Chicago Tribune Magazine" says it all about the most recent manifestation of an ancient phenomenon--bullying. The article represents two trends that present new challenges to counselors, teachers, and administrators -- especially in middle and junior high schools: Girls are bullying more than ever before and it's gone electronic. "It's possible," wrote Jessica Reaves, the "Tribune" article's author, that girls "are simply responding, superficially, to a less generous, faster-paced, more cutthroat society" by behaving more like--or worse than--boys. Girls who are being bullied "totally lose their focus," said Barbara Kalina, who taught 7th grade for three decades. "Boys are more physical and overt. It's a self-esteem thing." Kalina knows from experience what anthropologists know from research: males in most cultures (human or otherwise) bully others as a means of establishing a hierarchy. School officials nevertheless feel a certain obligation to minimize--or at least monitor--bullying's destructive impact. This became particularly apparent when a Secret Service report issued after the Columbine High School murders noted that the perpetrators of that and other school slaughters felt they had been bullied when younger. School counselors, researchers, and school administrators discuss the impact, tendencies, and deterrence of cyber bullying. Legal issues administrators face such as free speech as it applies to the internet are presented. Possible solutions for eradication of bullying behavior in schools are explored.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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