[NEW ZEALAND] Cyber bullying is reaching epidemic proportions in secondary schools, prompting principals to throw their support behind extraordinary measures that could give them the powers to search and seize pupils’ phones and iPads.
Palmerston North’s principals want stronger tools to combat cyber bullying in schools, and are backing the Ministry of Education’s push to give teachers the right to confiscate pupils’ internet capable devices to find evidence of foul play in text messages, photographs, or online, in changes proposed within the Education Amendment Bill.
[United Kingdom] The head teachers’ union says it is increasingly concerned about internet bullying of teachers.
The NAHT says promising people could be forced out of the profession unless more is done to tackle the problem.
A help-line for teachers and other professionals who work with children has told the BBC about a third of its calls are about online attacks.
Laura Higgins, of the Professionals Online Safety Help-line, says parents are often to blame.
Ms Higgins said: “We have had incidents where teachers have been subjected to abuse for very long periods of time and have needed professional help on dealing with those issues.”
[JAPAN] Education minister Hirofumi Hirano plans to set up an internal team to help schools and boards of education curb bullying.
The initiative was prompted by intense media coverage of a suicide at a junior high school in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, in which bullies allegedly pressured a 13-year-old boy to plunge to his death last October as his pleas for help went ignored.
[ABU DHABI] The capital’s education regulator is bringing in guidelines to help schools prevent bullying and other behavioural problems in pupils.
The guidelines, developed last year by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec), will add to a disciplinary code issued by the Ministry of Education in December.
Adec is training educators on how to use the guidelines in workshops. (via Bullying guidelines brought in by education council - The National)
Education authorities in Australia rolled out on Friday an anti-bullying Web site that offers to children and parents fact on bullying and tips on how to deal with it.
The Bullying No Way! Portal features a choose-you-own adventure game that teaches student ways to deal with bullying and offers moderate for a where the kids could talk about their problems with fellow children. It could be found at www.bullyingnoway.gov.au.
All public and private schools in Quebec will have to adopt an anti-bullying, anti-violence plan under Bill 56, presented Wednesday in the provincial legislature by Education Minister Line Beauchamp.
The minister also announced a major media campaign against bullying, in partnership with publicly owned Tele-Quebec, and Quebecor Inc., urging people to be “ordinary heroes” by standing up to bullies.
“Bullying doesn’t start at 8 a.m. and doesn’t finish at 4 p.m.,” the minister said, adding that everyone has to get involved and the new policy will extend to cyber bullying as well.
[SOUTH KOREA] The country’s largest teachers’ group on Thursday visited the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency to denounce the escalating investigation of teachers over allegedly lax management of student violence on campus.
The visit by the Korean Federation of Teachers’ Association is expected to deepen conflict between the two parties over whether teachers bear sole responsibility for school violence that has been blamed for student suicides.
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Kansas plan to bring a highly successful anti-bullying effort, the KiVa program, to American schools. Starting as early as the 2012-13 school year, a pilot program could kick off in selected classrooms in Lawrence, Kan. If shown to be successful there, soon afterward the model could expand nationally.
KiVa, implemented in Finland in 2007, has impressed researchers with its proven reduction in bullying incidents.