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Bullying and other forms of Victimization can Damage School Climate, says New Study

According to the study, bullying, cyber bullying and harassment were significantly associated with decreases in perceptions of school safety, connection, and equity

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The new study suggests that female and transgender students are more vulnerable to multiple forms of victimization. Wikimedia

New York, October 8, 2017 :  Researchers have found that all forms of victimization – bullying, cyber bullying and harassment – can damage the entire school climate.

The study, published in the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, measured the impact of poly-victimization – exposure to multiple forms of victimization – on school climate at the middle- and high-school levels.

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The results showed that bullying, cyber bullying and harassment were significantly associated with decreases in perceptions of school safety, connection, and equity.

“For each form of victimization, school climate measures go down precipitously, so if we only center the conversation about kids who are being bullied that limits it to ‘that’s not my kid’,” said study author Bernice Garnett, Associate Professor at University of Vermont in the US.

“But if we change the conversation to bullying can actually damage the entire school climate, then that motivates and galvanises the overall will of the school community to do something about it,” Garnett added.

Based on data from the 2015 Vermont Middle and High School Pilot Climate Survey, the findings highlight the need for comprehensive policies that address all forms of victimization to offset further erosion to safe and equitable school environments, which is tied to educational outcomes.

Overall, 43.1 per cent of students experienced at least one form of victimization during the 2015-2016 school year.

Just over 32 per cent of students reported being bullied, 21 percent were victims of cyber bullying and 16.4 per cent experienced harassment – defined as “experiencing negative actions from one or more persons because of his or her skin, religion, where they are from (what country), sex, sexual identity or disability.”

Prior research had shown that students from vulnerable populations are most frequently victimized.

The new study found female and transgender students were more vulnerable to poly-victimization. (IANS)

 

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Snapchat Launches Lens Challenge to Spread Awareness about Bullying

Snapchat lets users report bullying or offensive content on its platform by pressing and holding on the Snap, and then tapping the flag button

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Snapchat lets users report bullying or offensive content on its platform by pressing and holding on the Snap, and then tapping the flag button. Pixabay

Photo-messaging app Snapchat is working out ways to spread awareness about bullying on its platform by launching its first ever social impact-based Lens Challenge.

The new Lens, that would prompt the 186 million Snapchatters to describe a time when someone had a positive impact on their lives, comes as part of Snapchat’s extended “Because of You” campaign that was launched last October.

“Tap the ‘Because of You’ Lens Challenge to share a time someone positively impacted his or her life using the special Lens, then send the Snap to the ‘Because of You’ Challenge Story for the chance to be featured in the app,” web portal The Drum reported on Friday.  Snapchat lets users report bullying or offensive content on its platform by pressing and holding on the Snap, and then tapping the flag button.

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Snapchat created filters, stickers and Snap Ads against bullying in partnership with US-based non-profit organisation — The Advertising Council also called the Ad Council. Pixabay

Supporting “Bullying Prevention Month” last October, Snapchat created filters, stickers and Snap Ads against bullying in partnership with US-based non-profit organisation — The Advertising Council also called the Ad Council.

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This year, the two collaborate again to co-host a “Creators for Good” summit as part of Snapchat’s ongoing Creator’s Lab workshop series, inviting creators to the Santa Monica Creator’s Lounge to teach them how to use their creative talents to promote social good initiatives.

“Creators for Good” is a programme from the Ad Council that works directly with celebrities, digital content creators and other established and emerging talent to promote important social messages, the report added.  (IANS)