Published On: 09/21/11 ~
Published By Author: cerullo2
Published In: Bullying ~
Article Views: 2952
Children who are bullied at school often suffer long-term effects, from poor self esteem, emontional injury to physical disabilities. Why does this occur?
"Children that expereince hostility, abuse, physical discipline and other aggressive behaviors by their parents are more likely to model that behavior in their peer relationships," he writes. "Children learn from their parents how to behave and interact with others," Cerullo says. "So if they are learning about aggression and angry words at home, they will tend to use these behaviors as coping mechanisms when they interact with other children in school, the playground, or their after school activities."
School bullying has become a widespread social phenomenon involving both individual and group variables. The present study was aimed at analyzing how students' perception of a bullying episode might be influenced by group and context variables. A convenience sample of 355 adolescents read a short story, in which the in-group role (Bully vs. Victim) and level of teacher likeability (high vs. low) were manipulated. Participants were asked to evaluate their own group and an out-group, in terms of four dependent variables: liking, right to use the basketball court, attribution of blame, and attribution of punishment. Current data showed a strong participant in-group bias and a generalized tendency to favor the in-group, especially when it was the victimized group. Conversely, the manipulation of teacher likeability did not affect students' perception of bullying, except for girls' attribution of punishment. Lastly, a clear gender effect emerged, in that boys accepted physical bullying more readily than girls did, except amonh middle school gilrs. Results are discussed in terms of group dynamics and pre-adolescent social identity concerns.
Many children in schools today report having frequent headaches or tummy aches, anxiety, depression, and fear that they sleep poorly, wet the bed, or feel sad, as a result of being bullied. Children who report these symptoms also report being bullied substantially more often than do their peers. Although it is not clear whether the association is causal, health professionals seeing such children should ask about bullying.
Nearly 3 out of every 4 high school teenagers say they were bullied online at least once during a recent 12-month period, and only 1 out of every 10 reported such cyber-bullying to parents or other adults, according to CDC.
Of those who were bullied online, eight-percent also have been bullied at school, the psychologists found. The probability of getting bullied online was substantially higher for those who have been the victims of school bullying. Rather than threatening a child with physical violence, these bullies target a child's social status and relationships by shunning them, excluding them from social activities or spreading rumors, said Victoria Demis a local high school student. In the middle school, nearly half the sixth graders in two local area public schools say they were bullied by classmates during a five-day period, and or assulted after school. We must esbalish more proactive approaches when dealing with bullying.
Dr. Claudio V. Cerullo possesses more than eighteen-years of experience in education. With six years teaching in Social Science Education, he has engaged the following administrative positions: K-8 Principal, Director of Early Childhood Education, Assistant Middle School Academic Vice-Principal, Assistant High School Vice-Principal and Director of Athletics, and Interim Secondary School Principal, and West Chester University Campus Director of the Federal GEAR UP Program in partnership with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the School District of Philadelphia. Dr. Cerullo also served as the Director of the Delaware Mentoring Council at the University of Delaware in partnership with the Office of Governor and Delaware Department of Education. Currently, Dr. Cerullo is overseeing the Adult Basic Education program for the City of Camden and he is also addressing the greater need for anti-bullying programs nation-wide.
Dr. Claudio Cerullo earned his Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Social Science Education where he was elected President of the Student Government and Education Association. Dr. Cerullo earned his Master’s Degree in Professional Elementary and Secondary Education with his concentration in Educational Psychology. Lastly, Dr. Cerullo earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration. Dr. Cerullo was also trained in Diversity/Multi-Cultural Education through Harvard University’s Summer School Leadership Program.
Professionally, Dr. Cerullo has been active in the Association for Elementary and Secondary School Principals, served on Governor Minner’s Drop Out Prevention Task Force in 2008. Claudio is also a member of the National Association on the Prevention of School Violence, and the National Middle School Association for over the past nine-years. He provided leadership as President of his local Board of Education from 1998-2001 and West Chester University’s Special Interest Group from 2003-2006 and was recognized by University President Madeline Adler with the Star Staff Status in 2007 for his Urban School Improvement work with Congressman Chaka Fattah (D) and Dr. Bill Cosby. In 2005, Dr. Cerullo and West Chester University received the Outstanding Service Award in Urban Education from the School District of Philadelphia Board of Education. As Director of the Delaware Mentoring Council, Dr. Cerullo and Mayor Baker of the City of Wilmington established a new mentoring proclamation entitled, the Wilmington Mentoring Commission in 2009 to help promote youth mentoring within the city.
Recognized in the field of Anti-Bullying, Dr. Cerullo has also provided workshops on issues regarding Classroom Management, Student Behavior Modification, Character Education, Androgenic Drug Use, School Violence Prevention/Intervention and youth mentoring programs K-12. Dr. Cerullo has not only written articles in these areas, and lectured widely on the anti-bullying/gang/school violence prevention at many local and statewide education forums and conferences, as well as, being invited to the White House in 2005 due to his extensive involvement in the area of School Violence and Anti-Bullying Prevention, as well as United State Department of Education in 2007, as an expert panel member on the same topic. Dr. Cerullo is ardent advocate of developing safe school programs nationally, and he continues to inspire many young students, parents, school, and state officials in urban communities across the country. Dr. Cerullo is an ardent champion for underrepresented youth and researches ways to eliminate academic inequities. Claudio also co-developed a new Saturday Academic Academy in Philadelphia for at-risk students. In 2011, he founded TEACH ANTI BULLYING, INC., a non profit organization to help children and families who are victims of bullying. www.teachantibullying.com
Dr. Cerullo had created a new Anti Bullying software that will be in schools this year along with apps that can be downloaded on Iphones and Droids....
On a personal note, Claudio currently resides in Delaware County, PA and has an eight-year-old daughter who is in the third grade and has also written five children’s’ books that are entitled: A Thankful Day (2009) and Isabella Goes to Kindergarten, (2010), Isabella’s Rainy Day with her Friends (2011), Teaching Anti Bullying, K-8: A guide for Parents, Teachers and Students (2011) and Stop BUllying Me (2012) All books can be found on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com.