Monday, October 22nd, 2018

The Emotional Effects of Physical Safety Measures: Protected or Policed?

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Crisis Response, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

News headlines in both local and national outlets are continuously highlighting districts purchasing physical security measures, especially the use of security cameras. While administrators and law enforcement may see the benefit of installing cameras throughout and around school buildings, what are students’ perceptions of security cameras? The Journal of Adolescent Health published a report summarizing […]

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Monday, October 8th, 2018

The Latest Bullying Research

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Courses, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Bullying prevention research is a growing field of study and researchers are making strides in trying to understand the complexities and effects of bullying. We compiled and summarized recent research on the topic. “National student survey shows bullying is on the rise over the last three years, particularly among students of color in majority white […]

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Expert Guidance: 4 Bus Safety Considerations

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Crisis Response, Operations, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

So often school safety is focused on initiatives that help keep students and staff safe inside the school building or on district property, but what about on school buses? Riding the bus is how many students start and end their day, making it a crucial safety touchpoint. To learn what safety factors districts should consider […]

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Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Suicide Prevention: What You Need to Know

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Crisis Response, Social Media, Student Well-Being

Suicide does not discriminate. It can affect everyone despite their gender, age or ethnicity – including your students. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Monday, September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day– both are all about helping communities understand suicide, remove the stigma related to suicide and mental health, and provide those in […]

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Summary of Mental Health Support Article

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Crisis Response, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the September issue of School Business Affairs focuses on mental health support. Tom Strasburger and Paul Daniels, the Director of Secondary Curriculum at Milford Exempted Village Schools in Milford, OH authored an article titled “Supporting More than the Academics: The Age of Mental Health Support.” The article […]

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Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Ensuring Safety Takes More than Spending Money on Physical Security

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Courses, Crisis Response, General, Operations, Programs, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Just two weeks after the Parkland school shooting, The New York Times published an article profiling how the threat of school violence, specifically school shootings, has turned school security into a booming business. However, several school security industry members are quoted throughout the article stating there is very little guidance on which technologies and processes […]

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Potential Legislation to Watch: Rosie’s Law

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Courses, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

All too often headline news covers families suing school districts after their children commit suicide to try to cope with bullying. This story from late 2017 highlights a family’s demands for better bullying prevention programs nationwide. Rosalie “Rosie” Avila was 13 years-old this past November when she hanged herself after months of alleged bullying at […]

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Monday, January 29th, 2018

When Students are Bullied, Achievement Suffers

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Courses, Student Well-Being

It is well known bullying can lead to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, changes to sleep and eating patterns, alcohol and drug abuse, and deviant behavior – and these issues may persist into adulthood. However, much of the bullying research available today is conducted over short periods of time, and there isn’t […]

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Friday, October 6th, 2017

Preventing Bullying: A Month of Awareness

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Student Well-Being

Leading up to October, many education reporters, publications and blogs have focused on how common bullying and cyberbullying are in our schools (you can see statistics from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and the Cyberbullying Research Center here and here). But what are schools doing to prevent it? According to StopBullying.gov, all 50 states have […]

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

The Cost of Bullying

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Programs, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

A study published in the June issue of School Psychology Quarterly calculated the financial cost bullying has on school districts. The study, which is the “first to count the direct losses caused by bullying-related student absences” according to an article in The Sacramento Bee, found that bullying costs California school districts more than $276 million […]

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Cyberbullying: Is it a technology issue or a behavioral issue?

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Crisis Response, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Well-Being

Cybersecurity expert and advocate Reginald Corbitt recently authored an opinion piece in eSchool News to examine the root cause of cyberbullying. In his article, which you can read in its entirety here, he argues that many parents and educators alike believe curbing cyberbullying is as easy as limiting students’ access to technology. However, Corbitt references […]

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Is Bullying or Getting in School Fights Worth a Felony?

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Compliance, Courses, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

The Washington Post reported that effective January 1, 2017 the Missouri law, which previously defined harassment in six different ways, will now broadly define harassment as any act that “causes emotional distress.” The law also elevates harassment from a misdemeanor to a felony offense. “Let me be clear, the consequences of poor choices and bad […]

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Managing Behavior: Best-Practice Examples

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Student behavior management and discipline policies have been a major focus of the Department of Education in recent years. In The Atlantic, Education Secretary John King spoke about his own experience with school discipline, as well as the importance of cutting off the school-to-prison pipeline and giving students second chances. He also urged school districts […]

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Friday, October 28th, 2016

New Survey Examines Trends in Biased Language and Bullying

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Courses, Programs, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

In collaboration with YouthTruth, the Gay, Lesbian and State Education Network (GLSEN) surveyed more than 1,300 students ages 13 to 18 and more than 1,000 teachers to collect data about instances of biased language and bullying based on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, body size, gender, religion, ability, economic status and gender expression. GLSEN used the results […]

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Thursday, October 6th, 2016

U.S. DOE Launches Stance Against Religious Discrimination

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Discrimination based on religion and ethnicity has seen a dramatic increase, specifically in the last year. According to a recent Huffington Post article, this is due to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, as well as the media’s coverage of the election. A report published by the Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative found […]

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Thursday, October 6th, 2016

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

How prevalent is bullying in schools? According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 22 percent of students between 12–18 years old reported being bullied at school in 2013. Of those students, more than half reported being made fun of, called names, or insulted half reported being the subject of rumors 20 percent reported […]

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Monday, August 29th, 2016

Another Big Month for Mental Health: October

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Compliance, Courses, Internet Safety, Programs, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, our entire October newsletter is dedicated to highlighting issues around bullying. We’ll highlight recent news about bullying prevention, customer best practices, and innovative tactics and useful tips. However, we wanted to give you a preview. A recent article from the San Diego Union Tribune reported that 62 percent […]

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Friday, March 25th, 2016

Dublin City Schools in the News

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Joe Santa-Emma, assistant principal of John Sells Middle School in Dublin, OH, will be featured in the April issue of Principal Leadership! Published by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Principal Leadership focuses on “school leaders’ real needs, offering them practical, hands-on strategies for improving their schools in a constantly evolving educational environment.” In […]

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