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The White House Answers Your Questions on Bullying Prevention

The White House Answers Your Questions on Bullying Prevention

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  • Share From the White House blog: Every day, thousands of kids, teens, and young adults around the country are bullied. Estimates are that nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied each school year - upwards of 13 million students. Students involved in bullying are more likely to have challenges in school, to abuse drugs and alcohol, and to have health and mental health issues. If we fail to address bullying we put ourselves at a disadvantage for increasing academic achievement and making sure all of our students are college and career ready. On Thursday, the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention will bring together communities from across the nation who have been affected by bullying as well as those who are taking action to address it. As part of the agenda, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett will host a policy panel with issue experts including Catherine Bradshaw of Johns Hopkins University, George Sugai from the University of Connecticut, Susan Swearer-Napolitano from the University of Nebraska, as well as the Cyberbullying Research Center's Justin Patchin. Would you like Valerie to pose a question on your behalf? See the link above to submit your questions. '

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Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama adresses bullying in their blog. The conference on bullying is streamed live on Facebook today at 12:20 p.m. ET/9:20 a.m. PT.

Marshall Barnes's picture
Marshall Barnes
Founder, Director of SuperScience for High School Physics

I'm at a loss as to why this is even an issue in this day and age. The solution to bullying is zero tolerance in pre-K to 4th grade. If all schools adopted that policy, it would disappear in the later grades. The zero tolerance policy would be backed-up with good old instructive learning resources emphasizing the destructiveness of bullying not only to the victim but to the bully as well. That's the way it used to be handled.

This isn't rocket science and the fact that there needs to be some action on this issue from the White House is only indicative of the extent to which school administrators, counselors, and teachers have dropped the ball on this and hidden their collective heads like ostriches.

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