International Bullying Prevention Conference Explores Interventions, Effective Programs

November 16, 2009

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ — International experts, federal officials, school administrators, law enforcement, health care workers, parents and advocates will come together Tuesday, November 17, 2009 to share best practices and the latest research on programs and initiatives to reduce school-based bullying and youth violence. The sixth annual International Bullying Prevention Association Conference, Hope for a More Peaceful World, is presented by Highmark Foundation’s Healthy High 5 initiative.

The conference will examine the most effective prevention programs and successful strategies used around the world to address incidents of bullying, cyber-bullying and student violence.

“We are well aware that there is nothing new about bullying behaviors. What is new is that bullying prevention has become recognized as a critical component of a safe school climate,” said Carol Gagliano, president of the International Bullying Association (IBPA). “The theme for this year’s conference – Hope for a More Peaceful World - reminds us that together we can reduce bullying in our local areas, nationally and internationally.”

Sessions during the conference will include federal and international panels on the latest resources for bullying prevention; collaborative public health approaches to prevention, trauma and resiliency; protecting kids online; bullying in the media; the importance of bystander behavior; strategies to engage parents; solutions to teen dating violence and many others. Experts will share techniques for use in the classroom and school grounds to promote positive school culture, build resiliency and improve student learning and health.

“Since the launch of Highmark Healthy High 5 in 2006, the Highmark Foundation has worked diligently with partners to address the very serious issue of in-school bullying within Pennsylvania,” said Yvonne Cook, Highmark Foundation president. “We are proud to sponsor this year’s event and join with others from around the globe to exchange ideas and build on our common hope for a better school climate for children everywhere.”

The benchmark State of Bullying in Pennsylvania Report, funded by Highmark Healthy High 5, will be released in conjunction with the conference.

“The Pennsylvania Center for Safe Schools is honored that we could play a role in this year’s IBPA conference,” said Center director Lynn Cromley. “We see and hear from school districts how bullying prevention programs are positively changing school culture.”

Conference highlights include presentations by: Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education; Dan Olweus, researcher and world-leading expert in bullying prevention and intervention, Research Center for Health, Bergen, Norway; Ron Slaby, Senior Scientist, Center on Media and Health Care, Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School; Linda Sanford, author, “Strong at the Broken Places”; and experts from International Bullying Prevention Association, Windber Research Institute and Center for Safe Schools.


About International Bullying Prevention Association

The International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) aims to identify and help implement research-based and data-driven programs that reduce bullying in schools. IBPA includes educators, researchers and bullying prevention professionals and practitioners in school violence prevention from around the world. For more information, visit www.stopbullyingworld.org.

About Highmark Healthy High 5

Highmark Healthy High 5 is a five-year, $100 million children’s health promotion initiative of the Highmark Foundation. The mission of the initiative is to improve the health of children and adolescents ages 6-18 by providing them with the tools and practices needed to make informed decisions about living healthier lives. Highmark Healthy High 5 addresses five critical children’s health promotion issues – nutrition, physical activity, self-esteem, grieving, and bullying prevention – by raising awareness, changing behavior through grants and programs, and providing resources to parents, schools and communities served by the Highmark Foundation. Highmark Healthy High 5 is an initiative of the Highmark Foundation. For more information, visit www.highmarkhealthyhigh5.org or call 800-789-1726.

About Pennsylvania Center for Safe Schools

The Pennsylvania Center for Safe Schools is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and National Crime Prevention Council as one of 21 Statewide School Safety Centers in the nation. The Center serves as a statewide clearinghouse for educators, parents, law enforcement and others on school safety and youth violence prevention. Through expert staff, as well as access to a network of state and national researchers and practitioners, the Center provides state-of-the-art professional development and technical assistance to schools throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The PA Center for Safe Schools is part of the Center for Schools and Communities, a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, a public education service agency. For more information, visit http://www.safeschools.info/ or call 717-763-1661.

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SOURCE International Bullying Prevention Association

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