Topic: Prevent Bullying

What is bullying?  Here’s Wikipedia’s definition: “Bullying consists of three basic types of abuse – emotional, verbal and physical. It typically involves subtle methods of coercion such as psychological manipulation.”  A lot of us tend to focus on the physical harm done by bullies, but the psychological bullying is equally as damaging.  I am not an expert on bullying, but I can tell you that it stems from negative STINKIN’ THINKIN’. Indicators of School Crime and Safety collected statistics from a variety of studies, which showed that:
• 1/3 of teens reported being bullied while at school.
• Most bullying occurred inside the school, with smaller numbers of bullying incidents occurring outside on the school grounds, on the school bus, or on the way to school.
• Only about a third of bully victims reported the bullying to someone at school.
• About 2 of every 3 bully victims were bullied once or twice during the school year, 1 in 5 were bullied once or twice a month, and about 1 in 10 were bullied daily or several times a week.
• 44 percent of middle schools reported bullying problems, compared to just over 20 percent of both elementary and high schools.
• Over 50% of adolescents and teens have been bullied online.
• More than 1 in 3 young people have bee n threatened online.
• Over 25% of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
• Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.
So, what can we possibly do about these staggering statistics?  That’s the question this newsletter was developed answer.  I have also dedicated a portion of my membership website to this topic and will continue to provide more experts and content to help you get this topic under control in your life and the lives of your children. In this newsletter you will find some great resources to address the issue of bullying.  For example, under “Meet the Peeps” I have been fortunate enough to have interviewed Annie Fox, an unbelievable resource for bullying.  There are also articles with dealing with cyber bullying while “Fearless Focus” offers a great exercise to practice in the classroom or in your home.Please know that my work dealing with this subject will not stop.  I will continually be adding new content not only to my membership site, but also to my blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
With peace and gratitude,
BillFearless Focus
 Here’s an AWESOME exercise for a group or classroom from Megan Kelly Hall.  Click here for this month’s Fearless Focus exercise!
Nifty News – 6th Graders Bully Bullying!
2/16/11 – Twenty-nine eighth graders at Ballston Spa Middle School are bullying bullying. And in the spring, they’re going to teach their sixth grade peers how to do the same.  Click here to read the rest of the story.


Meet the Peeps: Annie Fox, Author & Advisor

Annie is a respected educator, an award-winning author, and a trusted online adviser. Her life’s work is helping teens become more self-aware, self-confident and better able to make choices that reflect who they really are. She does it through Q&A, events at schools, and books like her Middle School Confidential™ series.
Last week I interviewed Annie for this newsletter. Click here to listen to the interview.  All I can say is that Annie is simply awesome. Her insight was right on and taught me a few things for sure. Take a few minutes to check out her amazing website.


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Positive Points

“A lot of people are afraid to tell the truth, to say no. That’s where toughness comes into play. Toughness is not being a bully. It’s having backbone.” Robert Kiyosaki

“Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.” Benjamin Disraeli

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you can, continue to be nice to them. Eventually, they may start being nice. A bully wants to have friends, too.” Cara Van Ness

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