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October 23, 2013

Bullying Backlash

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Scott: October is Bullying Prevention Month, so many schools ramp up their anti-bullying efforts with programs and events. But what happens when some of those efforts seem to have the opposite effect than what was intended?

Schools across the country have adopted strict rules when it comes to bullying. And as a tool to help students identify what bullying looks like, the use of videos like this one has become popular. But are they working?

Alexis Tatore: When we’re showing bullying videos it’s just kids laughing and someone being like, ‘Ha-ha, you’re fat!’

Noah Freeman: People look at what happens in the videos and say, ‘Oh, well, I’m not that extreme. I must not be bullying them. I’m just teasing them.’

Scott: What started as a simple look at the trends in bullying cases revealed something that experts weren’t expecting.

Seokjin Jeong: Very disappointing and very surprising. How come? Which is our anti-bullying program, either intervention or prevention, does not work.

Scott: UTA Criminologist Seokjin Jeong analyzed data collected from 7,000 students from all fifty states. He thought the results would be predictable, that anti-bullying programs would help prevent bullying. Instead he found quite the opposite.

The study found students at schools with anti-bullying programs may actually be more likely to become victims of bullying while students at schools without similar programs were less likely to become victims.

The videos used in many campaigns show examples of bullying and suggest ways to intervene. But Jeong fears the videos may actually teach students different bullying techniques, even indirectly teach students how to bully without leaving evidence behind.

Jeong: They are able to learn, ‘Okay, there are new techniques. There are new skills. Yeah, I want to try it. I want to try to find another victim. A more vulnerable victim.’

Scott: And he says until the message delivered by anti-bullying programs improves, some programs may be doing more harm than good.

So what should be done about bullying?

Student: They should probably educate kids more on what is and what isn’t bullying.

Student: If you can stop bullies, great. But teach people that it’s okay to stand up for themselves.

Scott: And now it is your turn to weigh in. Are those anti-bullying videos a good idea or a bad idea? Head to Channelone.com and tell us what you think. And you never know, you might just see your comment in tomorrow’s show.

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46 comments on “Bullying Backlash

      1. Ab123

        I think its a bad idea because, all the anti-bully programming is just giving the bullies ideas on how to bully, plus, If there is more bullying going on because of anti-bully programming it is probably a bad idea.

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  1. Mrs. Goodman's class

    We agree that giving so much attention to bullying in school makes the issue more prevalent. We think this because bullying videos usually show different ways to bully and this gives new ideas to those who want to mistreat others. When bullies know how NOT to bully, they know how NOT to get caught.

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  2. Christina Moore

    Hey I do not think it is nice to bully people. Everyone is the same on the inside but not on the outside. So how would you feel if you got bullied by somebody else.

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  3. Christina Moore

    Hey I do not think it is nice to bully people. Everyone is the same on the inside but not on the outside. So how would you feel if you got bullied by somebody else

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  4. Christina Moore

    People can get hurt really bad I am in a good friends win people so you should try to get to know people

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  5. Sammi Cole

    I think the bullying video was a bad idea. The students that they were interviewing were saying that in the video it was just kids laughing at others. Bullying is a terrible thing.

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  6. Jenna Granda

    I think the videos are a good idea, but they should add more detail about what in considered bullying and what isn’t.

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  7. Maddie

    I think that the videos for anti-bullying might be promoting bullying. Like the girl said, I think that the videos might be giving kids the wrong impression and new ideas might be forming for new bullying techniques.

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  8. Jessie Wills

    if you show the consequences and tell them what’s wrong with it and how it could harm someone and how it could effect the victims life and the bullies life as well. They just don’t realize it, how much they hurt the people they are bullying and how it affects the victim because all they care about is their selves and not worried about other peoples emotions.

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  9. Lauren Coon

    If the bullies get caught and they show the consequences then they might just stop. I personally think they should get in more trouble for it then just in school. It is a matter that needs to stop happening. Things like this are very serious. Maybe if some kids who have got in trouble for bullying come in and tell them how bad this can be then maybe they just might stop. I don’t think they should stop presenting the anti-bullying message but make it more known.

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  10. Courtney Stahling

    I think that it is a good idea, but it is not doing what is intended. I think it is great that they want to end bullying and fight stigma, but it doesn’t seem to be doing what they thought it was so maybe they should find a new way that will not cause as much damage.

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  11. Andrew Reedy

    I think they should show it to a select few and see what they do, then compare that to the kids that didn’t watch the videos.

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  12. Lydia Klocke

    If the bullies get caught and have consequences they might stop. Bullying is a very serious thing in life. People that are bullying others might be getting bullied also.

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  13. Colton Bachman

    People that bully are just like the kids that walk around the hall way with there chest out. Sometimes people that get bullied sometimes take their life.

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  14. Lincoln Elementary East Side WY

    People like a bully just might have issue with there family members. There parents or gardens also might not teach them how to be a good person. Bullys just don’t know another way to say things, thats why they say it meanly.

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  15. Lincoln Elementary East Side WY

    I think that the videos give the bullies more ideas to be a better bully.They give the bullies a better idea to be a bully by showing them how in the video the ones who act like a bully treat the person who is the victim.

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  16. Lincoln Elementary East Side WY

    I think the anti bullying video is a good idea because it shows the bullies what they are doing and maybe they just might stop bulling the other people and another thing what will happen is that the bullies will realize what they are doing and then they might stop then too.

    Anastasia

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  17. Lincoln Elementary East Side WY

    I think anti bullying videos is a bad idea because it gives kids more ideas to bully. I also think that anti bullying videos is a good idea because it teaches kids if you are bullying hurts the persons feelings that you are bullying.

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  18. Haley Rasmussen

    Some certain types of videos work but it doesn’t always help. Anti-Bully videos can sometimes give kids ideas rather than help them. Some others say whats the consequences and what could happen if they bully one another,

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  19. Kevin Kim

    I think this anti-bullying video is good idea, because many student’s can know that bullying is bad thing to do. Also, it’s bad thing, because the kids can get more good idea about bullying to another student.

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  20. Haley Rasmussen

    Some certain videos work but some don’t. Anti bully videos can give kids ideas rather than help not to bully. Or some might tell the consequences or punishments might happen if they bully.

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  21. Alexis Natividad

    I think bullying shows are bad ideas because it shows bullies other techniques to be mean to others and it would show how scared the victim would be of them which would influence them to bully more often. In my old school we had this bullying play but the day after, the bullying was worse than the day before. I also think that it is good because it shows how mean bullies are.

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  22. Alexis Natividad

    I think it is just a bad idea because it shows bullies other techniques to hurt others and it shows how scared their victim is and would make them not want to stop.

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  23. Jacqueline

    Yes, people will have more ideas on how to bully others but the videos also provide a clear understanding on what bullies are. The videos show you how to prevent bullies, too so if you ever end up in a situation where you are bullied these videos may save you from being harmed.

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  24. Angela Jacdedt

    I think the anti-bullying video is a bad idea because bullies might think that the actors in the video are just acting to convince the bullies to change themselves and that it really doesn’t happen.

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  25. Bianca D'Costa

    I think the anti-bullying video is a great idea because it educates kids about how to stand up to defend yourself against bullying. It also makes us all aware that bullying can take place anywhere and anytime. The video is a great way to convey a message to people and to make awareness against bullying. There is a possibility that if a bully is watching the video, he or she might realize that what they are doing is wrong, and might stop bullying others.

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  26. Aaliyah Sharif

    Bullying is not somthing you are born doing, you are taught to be a bully. If teachers and
    parents want to stop bullying then they should take away there roll models.

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  27. Ericka Calimag

    I think the anti-bullying video is a bad idea because it teaches bullies to bully other people more. it is also a good thing because other bullies might realize what they are doing. In our class we do a lot of bullying lessons so we know what is “Bullying” or “Normal Conflict”

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  28. Ericka Calimag

    I liked the video because the kids who are getting bullied will know what to do if they are getting bullied.

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  29. Cassie-McKeown

    I understand how the anti-bullying videos aren’t helping but I think they are great the bullies can understand how they are making people feel! I think they should know who would take it seriously and who won’t but since I get bullied I think those videoswill help the bullies that may end up taking the videos seriously

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  30. B. Garcia

    I believe that anti-bullying videos really aren’t doing anything except just giving people more and more ideas of how to bully others. It’s not helping the situation, it’s just making it worse. I think it’s fair to say that pretty much everyone has been bullied at one time or another. So, if everyone would just agree to try their very best to be kind to each other, then the problem could easily be solved and there wouldn’t be anything to worry about.

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  31. B. Garcia

    I believe that anti-bullying videos aren’t doing anything except giving people more and more ideas on how to bully others. They aren’t helping anything, they’re just making the situation worse. I think it’s fair to say that everyone has been bullied at one time or another. So, if everyone would just agree to try their very best to be kind to each other, the problem could be easily solved and there wouldn’t be anything to worry about.

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  32. Tommy Gruja

    I think that video could be a good and bad idea. The reason it’s good is that to a bully, it’s like looking at your self and a mirror and you might think you don’t like what your doing. It can be bad because it might show some bullies a new way to bully.

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  33. Tommy

    I think that video could be a good and bad idea. The reason it’s good is that to a bully, it’s like looking at your self and a mirror and you might think you don’t like what your doing. It can be bad because it might show some bullies a new way to bully.

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