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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

More on Bullying

Two weeks ago, Extension Lines discussed bullying and the efforts of an Ida County 4-H club to address this issue. A related news release crossed my computer screen today, and I wanted to make sure parents received this information.

Although schools have worked to address bullying, new technology has given children new ways to bully sometimes called cyberbullying. Iowa State University Extension is taking a closer look at cyberbullying in this month's Science of Parenting radio program podcast. The free sign-up is found at:



Warren Blumenfeld, Iowa State University associate professor in curriculum and instruction, will discusses cyberbullying and other bullying trends. "We're seeing young people today with deep psychological scars that last throughout their lives because of what society thinks is just a mere rite of passage. But bullying is much more than that," Blumenfeld said. "People who bully intend to humiliate, coerce or in some way harm others who have less social or physical power."

Too often bullying is overlooked. Young people see their elders, including community and governmental leaders, bullying, so they think it is acceptable behavior. But the results are unacceptable; bullying can lead to post traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, depression, skipping school and lower school grades, increased risk for drug use, and suicidal thoughts or actions in those who are being bullied.

Some reports indicate that face-to-face bullying seems to be decreasing in schools, but cyberbullying has increased, from mean text messages to embarrassing photos on social networking sites. Cyberbullying often is done anonymously, but it's as serious as face-to-face bullying.

Blumenfeld has been interested in the effects of bullying for more than 30 years. His research includes topics related to equity, including race, ethnicity, sexual identity and gender expression, religion and socioeconomic status.

The cyberbullying podcast is available for free download from the HYPERLINK "http://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/scienceofparenting/" Science of Parenting website listed above. Each month a new, 30-minute Science of Parenting program, as well as previous programs, will be available, as well as blog posts and other research-based parenting information.

Parenting is the most important job any of us will be given. The ability to get important parenting research-based information anytime of the day or night using the family's home computer gives parents a way to learn more about what is happening in their children's world. If you do not have a home computer and would like to attend this computer-based program, please contact your local Extension office to schedule an appointment.

Additional parenting education can be found at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/homefam...

Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.

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