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Education.com and AASA Launch Free, Cutting-Edge Bullying Resources for Parents
Special Edition on Bullying at School and Online includes latest research conducted by world-renowned experts, plus 10 actions parents can take to help reduce bullying.
REDWOOD CITY, CA – November 19, 2008 –
Education.com,a leading web destination for parents of school-aged children, and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the professional organization for school system leaders, today launched a SpecialEdition on Bullying at School and Online. This powerful resource,
created in partnership with Guest Editors Dr. Shelley Hymel and Dr. Susan Swearer, co-directors of the BullyingResearch Network, and corporate sponsor Symantec, makers of Norton security software, provides new informationand tools to help parents take an active role in addressing bullying.In creating the Special Edition on Bullying at School and Online, Education.com and AASA worked withcontributors from around the world to compile new evidence-based, peer-reviewed content to dispel common mythsand empower parents and their children to take effective action against bullying. The result is a collection of over 30 original cutting-edge reference articles, plus video clips, quizzes, online workshops, community forums andquick-fact lists that are all available free-of-charge on the website. A highlight of the content is a list – developedusing research findings reported in the Special Edition – of 10 actions parents can take to help address bullying.
The list suggests parents spend time at their child’s school, learn the signs that a child is being bullied, and establishhousehold rules about bullying. The complete list can be found athttp://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Ten_Actions_Parents
Guest Editor Dr. Shelley Hymel, world-renowned researcher on the subject of bullying and peer victimization,explains the importance of the Special Edition on Bullying, “Bullying robs kids of the chance to make the most of their potential. The latest research unequivocally shows that bullying has serious and long-term effects not only onvictims, but also on children who bully and those who witness bullying, including depression, anxiety, social phobias and even criminal behavior. Equally concerning is the fact that
more than half of our children and youth
report involvement in bullying as a victim or perpetrator at least on occasion. But there is hope – especially if parents, teachers and administrators work together. In our work together, Education.com, AASA, and Symantec areable to bring parents and educators the very latest research about bullying as well as our best advice about how theycan intervene in informed and effective ways. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our children.”AASA Executive Director Dr. Daniel Domenech explained AASA’s decision to get involved in Education.com’sSpecial Edition on Bullying at School and Online. “Unfortunately, bullying is something that every administrator inevery school in our country faces. No one is immune – kids of every race, gender, grade and socio-economic sector are impacted. We know we can’t solve this problem without the partnership of parents. Bullying at school affectsand is affected by what happens at home between siblings, what happens in the neighborhood, and what happenswhen kids go online. The information and tools in the Special Edition are groundbreaking and we’re thrilled to beinvolved in making sure they’re distributed to schools and parents nationwide.”Symantec Internet Safety Advocate Marian Merritt remarked on the company’s sponsorship of the Special Editionon Bullying at School and Online. “While the Internet is a fantastic resource for school-aged children, unfortunatelyit’s also a new arena for risky and dangerous behavior, including bullying. Like Education.com, Symantec iscommitted to giving parents the information they need to educate kids about safe online behavior, and the tools theyneed to intervene. We’re excited to be part of the Special Edition project which we believe will empower both parents and kids to address the challenging issue of bullying at school and online.”Education.com’s Special Edition on Bullying at School and Online can be found at