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NCPC and Cyberbullying Prevention: What’s New and What to Do

McGruff and MichelleHome of McGrZenaZumeta2-200x300uff the Crime Dog®, the National Crime Prevention Council’s mission is to be the nation’s leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. To achieve this, NCPC produces tools that communities can use to learn crime prevention strategies, engage community members, and coordinate with local agencies. One of NCPC’s primary initiatives centers on preventing cyberbullying – what parents, educators and kids can do to combat the prevalence of bullying online and resolve interpersonal conflicts in a peaceful and respectful manner.  Michelle Boykins from NCPC will speak about cyberbullying as part of the series on youth violence in support of the National Campaign to Prevent Youth Violence.

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Voices for Heroes – Love and Support for Newtown, Connecticut


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On December 14, 2012, the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school where 26 people lost their lives shook the Connecticut community to its core and the news spread around the world. What do you do to help in these times of pain, angst and profound loss? Denise Labrecque and her friend Evan Betts created and founded Voices for Heroes, a small non-profit organization dedicated to the heroes of the world. Voices for Heroes celebrate kindness, perseverance, love, and anyone who uses their voice to promote peace and change.

We will talk with Denise and Evan about their story and the musical projects they have spearheaded to raise funds for Healing Newtown and their inaugural Power of Peace Festival which is to be held annually. Learn about their tribute CDs and listen to music from Connecticut Voices for Heroes and their 2-disc CD Voices from Around the World: Original Songs of Love for Newtown.

Join us! Be inspired! “Be the change!”

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Helping Children to be Safe — Programs of the National Crime Prevention Council

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Marcia EllisZena-1National Crime Prevention Council has developed several initiatives to educate children and adults to help them be safe from crime. The McGruff Club curriculum for children ages six to ten provides prevention and safety education.  When the Going Gets Scruff is a newly developed animated 3-minute DVD for kids ages five to eight to help them handle bullying situations. The Circle of Respect is designed to encourage respect and consideration for others. VOICES, a component of Circle of Respect, is geared to high school youth and is designed to allow teens to express themselves through poetry, rap, song, art – all original works – as it relates to their personal efforts to have a safe and happy lifestyle.

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No Kidding About Bullying

What fuels bullying? Why do kids bully, and how can we help them stop? On this segment we’ll be providing answers to these questions along with effective tools you can use at home and in schools.

Find out:

– The difference between conflict and bullying
– The number one reason kids bully
– Other factors that can fuel bullying
– How to help kids manage the anger that can lead to bullying
– How to determine if a child or young adult is bullying

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Bullying, Cyberbullying and Homophobia

For those of you who work with youth (K-12) and anyone in higher education you know that cyberbullying is a current, ever changing challenge to your field. We will discuss research on bullying, cyberbullying and homophobia and cite examples of this emotionally charged topic. Creative techniques such as the the Jeopardy Game, read arounds and interactive quizzes will model innovative teaching methods that merge theory and practice.

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The Dark Side of Technology: Healing the Effects and Preventing Cyber Bullying

 Incidents related to cyber-bullying, sexting, and cybersex are increasing each year (Froeschle, Mayorga, Hargrave, & Castillo, 2008; Online Victimization of Youth, 2006). Half of all young people say they have been targets of digital bullying, up to a fourth have experienced sexting online (Quaid, 2009), and up to 51% of teens have given out information to a stranger online (Webster, 2010) with 30% considering meeting these unknown persons face to face (Teen Internet Safety Study, 2006). Many students are failing courses, attempting suicide, suffering from depression, anxiety, and even mental illness as a result of cyberbullying, cybersex, or sexting (Froeschle, Mayorga, Hargrave, & Castillo, 2008). Effective methods are needed to protect and assist students suffering silently from these issues.

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Back to School Series: Cyber Bullying & Sexting

PatriciaCastilloDeAnneCuellarWhat are sexting, cyber-harassment, and online stalking? While families are preparing for the new school year advocates against violence are gearing up to face new threats to our community’s safety. Every day we hear more and more stories about the endless ways young women and men are using technology to harm one another. Parents are terrified by the notion that their teenagers are engaged in sexting, and at the same time, they are anxious to learn how to face this issue head on. How has the prevalence and availability of new technology affected the frequency and ease of perpetrating these abusive behaviors? What can you do if you find yourself the victim of cyber-harassment or sexting?

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