Bullying and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Needs

Children with disabilities—such as physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional, and sensory disabilities—are at an increased risk of being bullied. Any number of factors— physical vulnerability, social skill challenges, or intolerant environments—may increase the risk. Research suggests that some children with disabilities may bully others as well. Kids with special health needs, such as epilepsy or food allergies, also may be at higher risk of being bullied. Bullying can include making fun of kids because of their […]

How to Bully Proof Our Schools

By Marcia Hinds  How many of us still remember bullying incidents that occurred when we were in school? These incidents probably only happened once or twice in our lives, but the pain and those incidents are still etched in our minds as though they happened yesterday. We put the bullying behind us, and may be stronger as a result. But what if the bullying occurred on a weekly basis or even daily? Would it be […]

October Is Bullying Prevention Month Here Is How You Can Help

October is Bullying Prevention Month as schools and organizations throughout the country are encouraging people to STOMP OUT bullying and cyberbullying. They are hoping to do this through a range of campaigns and events during the month, which aim to change behavior among children and make schools more peaceful places. Bullying is an enormous issue in US schools, with the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics Institute of Education Sciences […]

Bullying & Cyberbullying: Update For Parents Of Students In Special Education

BY JOHN SPOEDE, PH.D., LPC-S, LCDC, NCC, CSC AND DIANNE REED, ED.D. ABSTRACT Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children. It involves a real or perceived power  imbalance, and the behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time (Bauman, Cross, & Walker, 2014). Bullying takes many forms, from direct physical harm (physical bullying); to verbal taunts and threats (verbal bullying); to exclusion, humiliation, and rumor-spreading (relational or social bullying); […]

Understanding The Nature Of Bullying

BY EMILY ILAND, M.A. & THOMAS W ILAND, B.S., CPA An inclusive peer mentoring class, character education, and highlighting the capacities and value of each person are excellent ways to increase protective factors of vulnerable individuals. “You see that girl over there? She wants you to kiss her.” I looked across the crowded high school quad at the lovely young lady sitting under a tree. I could not believe my luck. How did the guys […]