Pushed Around: A project on bullying
Transforming Health | 02.27.13
Definition of BULLYING:
Unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. (StopBullying.gov)
Pushed Around is witf's comprehensive project on the topic of bullying, starting on March 18, 2013.
The multimedia project will not only highlight bullying in schools, but it will cover the issue of cyberbullying online and in the workplace. Pushed Around will also feature bullying classes and a public forum held at the witf Public Media Center.
77% of all students in grades K-12 have been bullied at one time or another.
According to the National Education Association, 160,000 children miss school every day due to the fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Research shows that 77% of all students in grades K-12 have been bullied at one time or another. Bullying has been in the national spotlight a lot in recent years for a number of high profile cases, some of which have resulted in suicide. In the past year, many schools in Central Pennsylvania have put a greater emphasis on peer-to-peer programs to stop bullying.
That's why witf aims to become a convening point for the topic of bullying in Central Pennsylvania... because bullying affects all of us.
The project will explore what signs to look for, approaches for stopping bullying, the psychology behind bullying, and the personal stories shared by local people, right here in Central PA who have been impacted by bullying. Here are two of them:
- This Lancaster man recalls being bullied for being 'artsy'
- And, bullying left a lasting impact on this woman who has a birth defect
Whether you’ve been bullied, you’ve been a bully, you’ve been close to someone who has been bullied or you’ve witnessed bullying, witf invites you to share your own personal story with bullying at the Public Insight Network:
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