|Apr 5, 2012|
Students and parents make efforts to curb bullying
Students and their parents are taking a stand against bullying across the nation. From fundraisers to encouraging school bullying programs, various initiatives are being developed to educate students about the dangers that bullying presents, as well as the dangers of being a bully.
At the Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress, Texas, teens put together a music video that quickly gained popularity on YouTube, according to the Huffington Post. The video, which was created and filmed entirely by the students and features members of many different groups across the school, expresses support for bully victims and discourages bullying in general. The song featured was also written by Kaitlyn K, a student at the school, and can be purchased on iTunes. All proceeds will go to the National Anti-Bullying Campaign.
According to the Coloradoan, parents of students at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, are also seeking anti-bullying solutions, hosting a talk by expert Jim Williams for students and parents to learn how to handle a bully and help stop these activities from spreading. A similar presentation was recently organized by parents at McHenry West High School. The seminar will be led by Tina Meier, whose 13-year old daughter committed suicide after being harassed by teens and adults on a social networking website. According to the Northwest Herald, the event was designed to help educate parents and students about adolescent depression, bullying and how to stop cyberbullying.
Parents in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are also questioning the anti-bullying solutions being employed at the city's public schools. Concerned citizens with the New Mexico Coalition for Student Justice met with the Albuquerque Public School Board Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in order to address bullying prevention and determine ways to educate students about the effects of bullying, according to KOAT.
The efforts of parents and students to stop bullying can be enhanced by implementing anti-bullying reporting systems like uTip by e2Campus. uTip, the Bully Buster, allows students to report bullying activities anonymously by using their own cell phone. This can help speed up the reaction time of school officials to an incident, as well as protect the identity of the student who reported the incident from retaliation by the bully.