On Friday, August 15, we attended the Federal Bullying Prevention Summit in Washington, D.C. Educators, policy makers, and researchers met to discuss bullying trends and what works in prevention programming. Here are five key takeaways from the event.
- Facebook takes teens’ communication styles into account when designing their reporting features. Instead of a “report” button, teens can select “I don’t want to see this” and explain why. Facebook then gives them options to resolve the issue. They call this “social resolution” and hope it opens up communication between teens.
- Emotional Intelligence can help prevent bullying. Dr. Marc Brackett from Yale University discussed the RULER approach and how children with a higher EI are less likely to bully because they’re more compassionate.
- During the afternoon session on cyberbullying, high school grad Will Ashe spoke about how teens can positively influence the climate of social media. One suggestion – students can use social media to combat bullying by posting compliments and encourage comments, like these students in the #icanhelp campaign.
- Bullying is greatly influenced by school climate. Several speakers talked about reforming school climate so that students are more likely to support and respect each other. Stopbullying.gov offers these tips to help educators create safer environments.
- Cyberbullying laws vary greatly by state. Check out your state’s bullying and cyberbullying laws on this map. You should also learn about your child’s school cyberbullying policy. If it doesn’t have one, considering working with administrators to create one.