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Website Ask.fm to get more oversight of complaints

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general says new owners of the website Ask.fm have agreed to provide more oversight of complaints in an attempt to curb harassment and bullying.

The question-and-answer website popular among teens has been acquired by the owners of Ask.com. Doug Leeds, Ask.com's chief executive, says the focus is ensuring a safer and more enjoyable experience for users.  Go to full article
SLU theater professor Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead took her anti-bullying play to Queensland, Australia over the summer. Photo: Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
SLU theater professor Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead took her anti-bullying play to Queensland, Australia over the summer. Photo: Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

Canton playwright takes a message of peaceful schools to Australia

A St. Lawrence University theater professor took her anti-bullying play on-the-road this summer to Australia. SLU associate professor of Performance and Communication Arts Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead's one-act play, Have you Filled a Bucket Today?, has been performed around the region and now it's gone international.

Based on Carol McCloud's popular children's book of the same name, the play also emphasizes that bullying is wrong. Todd Moe spoke with Gardinier Halstead about how teachers and parents in Australia are eager to use theater and creative ways to address bullying in schools.  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence University cast of "Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?" at a performance in Canton in 2011. Photo: Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
The St. Lawrence University cast of "Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?" at a performance in Canton in 2011. Photo: Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

Fighting bullying with theatre and creativity

An anti-bullying organization will use a play written by a St. Lawrence University theater professor as part of its "peaceful schools" tour this spring.

SLU Associate Professor of Performance and Communication Arts Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead, is the author of the one-act play, Have you Filled a Bucket Today?. She says schools and parents seem eager to use the arts and creative ways to address bullying in schools.

Based on Carol McCloud's popular children's book of the same name, the play also emphasizes that bullying is wrong. The organization, Peaceful Schools, will perform the play at schools in northern and central New York throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

Halstead told Todd Moe that she first heard about McCloud's book at a meeting at her son's school, and was thrilled when McCloud gave her permission to adapt it as a play.  Go to full article
Jennifer Knack. Photo: Clarkson University
Jennifer Knack. Photo: Clarkson University

Researcher looks at bullying's long-term health effects

The school year is in full swing now, and for some kids that unfortunately means the start to another year of being bullied.

One strategy for kids who are bullied is often to stay home from school as much as possible. But those kids may not just be faking their stomach aches--being bullied may be making them sick, and not just for the day.

Jennifer Knack, assistant professor of psychology at Clarkson University, researches the health effects of bullying, by looking at how stressful experiences like being bullied affect college students' levels of cortisol--often known as the 'stress hormone'.

She told Nora Flaherty she's seeing serious health problems in students who have experienced long-term bullying:  Go to full article
Many states are looking at new policies to address cyberbulling. Photo: Maine DOE via Flickr, some rights reserved
Many states are looking at new policies to address cyberbulling. Photo: Maine DOE via Flickr, some rights reserved

NY Governor Cuomo signs cyberbullying bill into law

Governor Cuomo has signed an anti-cyberbullying bill into law. It requires schools to be more vigilant about cyberbullying of students, and to take steps to prevent it.  Go to full article
Sackets Harbor students wear makeup, costumes and dance to "Thriller" in a parking lot performance.
Sackets Harbor students wear makeup, costumes and dance to "Thriller" in a parking lot performance.

Using music, dance to fight bullying

Over the last few months, a new music and dance club at Sackets Harbor High School has grown from a few students to more than 30. The Glee Club focuses mostly on music, but there's an anti-bullying message, too.

Joanne Heaslip is the leader of Sackets Harbor's Parent Teacher Organization and manager of the Glee Club. She's hoping the arts and music will build self-confidence in students. The TV show Glee has made the club popular and even students from other districts have joined.

Heaslip told Todd Moe that Thursday night rehearsals are fun, but she wants the experience to help students who sometimes feel bullied in school to build self-respect and confidence. For more information about Sackets Harbor's Glee Club: slips824@yahoo.com  Go to full article
She was being subjected to racist conduct that was not being addressed by the school district.

In Saranac Lake, racial bullying sparks $6 million lawsuit

A young girl who was bullied, harassed and assaulted in school because of her race has filed a $6 million federal lawsuit against the Saranac Lake Central School District.

The girl and her parents, Amy and Hiram Oliveras, filed a complaint last week in U.S. Northern District Court, alleging the school district violated her civil rights and the state's Human Rights Law by failing to protect her from bullying, racial discrimination and harassment.

Martha Foley reports,  Go to full article
I've been bullied and teased to deep depression. I've been kicked when I'm down

Saranac Lake's anti-bullying campaign is only a start

It was a year ago last week that an incident of racially fueled bullying at the Saranac Lake Middle School made headlines and put school officials in the hot seat.

One year later, the school district has completed a series of diversity and anti-bullying programs, activities and training sessions for its students, staff, teachers, principals and school board.

The effort was designed to change the culture of the school district. As Chris Knight reports, however, school officials admit they still have much more work to do.  Go to full article
Petrova Middle School grapples with "hate" (Photo:  School website)
Petrova Middle School grapples with "hate" (Photo: School website)

Saranac Lake school grapples with racial bullying case

Administrators and school board officials in Saranac Lake are apologizing after it was disclosed that a young girl was the subject of a bullying campaign by other students that apparently went on for more than a year. The 12-year-old girl was harassed in part because of her race. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Parents Under Siege

What IS it about some kids? Why does ONE teenager run into trouble time after time, when his or her siblings don't? Why do kids make bad choices, just when parents think they're doing the best they can to love, support, and encourage them? From kindergarten to college, a new school year brings kids new challenges, renewed problems. From bullying to binge-drinking. Dr. James Garbarino is recognized as a leading authority on child development and youth violence. His books include "Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them". And, "Parents Under Siege: Why You Are the Solution, Not the Problem in Your Chld's Life". He speaks to St. Lawrence University classes today, and in a public presentation in the Canton Central School auditorium tonight at 7. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

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