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The Bullying Academy, a Web-based Program for Schools Taking Aim at the Most Prevalent Social Epidemic for Students, Participating in FETC – Florida Educational Technology Conference

January 24, 2012

BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Each day as many as 160,000 U.S. children miss school because of bullying. Students in the Know Foundation, a non-profit group, created The Bullying Academy, a web-based interactive program designed to help 4th-8th grade students recognize the dangers associated with bullying and cyber-bullying. The Bullying Academy has signed over 300 schools nationwide since debuting in Sept. and has attracted more than 10,000 students to its site. The Bullying Academy and founder Tommy Walser will be at FETC, (http://fetc.org/Events/Florida-Educational-Technology-Conference/Home.asp) on Jan. 24-26, 2012, in booth number 1064.

FETC 2012 is the one conference that brings education leaders and technology experts together to exchange ideas for teaching and learning success. Known worldwide for its outstanding program, FETC provides educators and administrators the opportunity to explore the integration of technology across the curriculum–from kindergarten to college–through hands-on exposure to the latest hardware, software and successful strategies.

“Cyber cruelty is rapidly increasing in volume and complexity because kids aren’t taught how to act responsibly and appropriately while communicating online or with other electronic devices,” explains Tommy Walser, the executive director of Students in the Know and program founder. “This program is a simple and free solution to a pressing dilemma: How to teach students that bullying should not be tolerated as merely part of growing up, and that all students have the right to a safe learning environment.”

According to American Justice Department statistics, school bullying statistics and cyber-bullying studies show that on any given month 1 out of every 4 kids are abused by another youth. Thirty-five percent of students report hate-related words being used against them. Bullying has become epidemic as observed in the media through alarming cases of violence and desperation that, in extreme cases, have led to deaths.

The Bullying Academy requires no additional software or extensive training for teachers. Schools simply register with the program’s website and students immediately have the curriculum available to them. It can be implemented during any class period or extracurricular activity.

Students learn:

  • Characteristics and risk factors common to bullies
  • What bullies look for in victims
  • How to recognize the short- and long-term effects of bullying on victims and bullies
  • How to properly respond and report bullying
  • How to avoid violence while standing up for each other

All materials are grade appropriate. A pre- and post-quiz component measures how much students learn after completing the program. Students receive a certificate/diploma, and are provided with data reports of how well they performed in certain categories including Consequences of Bullying and Developing Effective Communication.

For more information about The Bullying Academy, visit the organization’s website at http://www.studentsintheknow.org

The Bullying Academy booth # is 1064

Bureau of Justice Statistics document

* http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/iscs09.pdf

Tommy Walser
(954) 304-1302

SOURCE The Bullying Academy

Source: PR Newswire