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Bullying Prevention Summit
Washington DC, August 2011
The second "Bullying Prevention
Summit" sponsored by the Federal Department of Education,
Health and Human Services, Defense, Justice, Agriculture and
Interior was held in Washington D.C. August 11, 12th . Dr.
Judith Tindall, President of NAPPP, Clinical Psychologist
was an invited participant in the Summit. The purpose of the
Summit was to focus on the issue of Bullying, review research
and resources on the topic and give federal agencies input from
the participants concerning the next step to solve bullying in
our schools, workplaces and communities. Participants included
leaders in the prevention field, federal agencies, faith based
organizations and a variety of diverse organizations representing
social services, corporate leaders, advocacy and enforcement
Some of the keynote speakers included Anne Duncan, Secretary
of Education, Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy of Education in
charge of Safe and Drug Free Schools; Regina M. Benjamin, M.
D., Surgeon General; Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli,
Office of Justice Programs; and Assistant Secretary of Education
Russlynn Ali. Several panel presentations were given that represent
research, actual programs that work, enforcement and policy approaches.
Participants had many opportunities through structured small
groups to give input to the federal agencies concerning the next
step in dealing with the issue of Bullying,
Bullying is a heart-breaking problem. It is defined as aggressive
behavior that is persistent, intentional and involves an imbalance
of power or strength. Bullying includes everything from being
threatened or physically assaulted to being called derogatory
names or being left out. Cyberbulling is a modern twist on traditional
According to Anne Duncan, Secretary of Education "Every
child is entitled to feel safe no matter of their ethnicity,
sexual orientation or gender". He believes that prevention
programs can impact school safety. According to Kevin Jennings,
Assistant Deputy of Education, Bullying is at an epidemic level.
1 out of 3 in middle and high school report being bullied. According
to Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., Cyberbulling Research Center, over
15-35% of students have been victims.
Some of the consequences of bullying are physical , emotional,
psychological , and behavioral such as conduct problems, delinquency,
violence, substance use, academic struggles, absenteeism, overall
Some of the strategies that were indicated were around peer programs
such as mentoring and other peer delivered programs. These were
just part of the answer to bullying. If your peer program does
not address bullying, you may want to consider incorporating
into your programming for next year. Dr. Tindall had an opportunity
to push NAPPP mission of talking about the programs that follow
NAPPP Programmatic Standards tend to be more effective.
The Federal Government has set up a website: www.BullyingInfor.org which is an extension
, a project of the interagency Working Group on Youth Programs.