November ’17 Newsletter
by DEBORAH TEMKIN
How do we prevent bullying? Despite decades of study and numerous programs claiming to be the solution to bullying, few programs have actually been shown to be effective. One of the main issues is that “bullying prevention” is often a misnomer; instead of trying to stop the behavior before it begins, the focus of many programs is on reducing already high rates of bullying. By the time students enter sixth grade, the earliest grade for which nationally representative data is collected, nearly 28% report having been targeted in the past year. For younger children, data are far more limited, but suggestive. The National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence found that 20.4% of children ages 2-5 had experienced physical bullying in their lifetime and 14.6% had been teased (verbally bullied). Read more
Just as the use of technology itself has evolved, so has the ability to bully. Bullying, once restricted to the school or neighborhood, has now moved into the online world. Bullying through electronic means is referred to as “cyberbullying.” As adults, thinking back, it was just a generation ago that kids and teens were asking their parents for a phone in their room – maybe even one with a separate line or three-way calling – so they could easily and somewhat privately connect with more friends. Today, a kid or teen’s desire to connect with friends has not changed, but the options for doing so have grown tremendously. Children are not only asking for their own tablets, gaming devices, and mobile phones at a younger age, they also want access to popular social media sites, and the ability to engage in online games and share information. Read more
Child and Adolescent Mental HealthMental health is an important part of overall health for children as well as adults. For many adults who have mental disorders, symptoms were present-but often not recognized or addressed-in childhood and youth. For a young person with symptoms of a mental disorder, the earlier treatment is started, the more effective it can be. Early treatment can help prevent more severe, lasting problems as a child grows up.
Recently the 13th Annual Strengthening Youth and Families conference took place in Georgetown, Texas. As part of YDI outreach to improve the lives of youth in Texas, the YDI student evaluation team attended and conducted the workshop and conference evaluations for the conference. Using Qualtrics questionnaires, information regarding relevancy and appropriateness of subject matter was assessed in an effort to continue offering current resources to agencies, individuals, and organizations that interact with youth.
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