Thursday, March 24, 2011

“The Girl Bullying - Awareness to Action”

In Louisiana, The Times-Picayune reports that The Girl Scouts Louisiana East will hold seminar about bullying on June 4. The increased exposure to a variety of social media can put teenage girls at greater risk for online or text message bullying, commonly known today as cyberbullying. This type of bullying and other forms of relational aggression will be addressed by experts in their field during a one-day seminar hosted by Girl Scouts Louisiana East, and funded in part by the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund.

“While parents, teachers, and health care professionals continue to see the negative effects of relational aggression among children and teens, many adults are without the knowledge or skills needed to provide assistance in dealing with bullying,” said Yvette Hairston, vice president of membership for Girl Scouts Louisiana East. “This conference will give adults insight into the hidden world of relational aggression and situational tools that can help our girls.”
Allan Beane, internationally recognized expert, speaker, and author on bullying, will present true stories of victims, as well as his son’s personal story. Beane developed the curriculum for a program that is used in schools throughout the United States and in over 12 countries.
Cyber-bullying is "the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others". As it has become more common in society, particularly among young people, legislation and awareness campaigns have arisen to combat it. The National Crime Prevention Council reports cyber-bullying is a problem that affects almost half of all American teens. A 2006 survey by Harris Interactive reported that 43% of U.S. teens having experienced some form of cyber-bullying in the past year.

Have you ever been the victim of cyberbullying?