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The American Justice Department estimates that more than 25% of all American school kids will be bullied or abused by another minor each month. This translates into hundreds of thousands of bullying episodes every week, involving both physical and verbal abuse. The internet/technology driven world has added to this age old problem with “cyber-bullying,” an indirect, but just as offensive way, to mock and bully. Recent news stories have focused on young people driven to suicide by cyber-bullying. The level of bullying results in many children deciding not to attend school, with parents caught in the dilemma of wanting their child to receive a quality education, but not wanting to subject their kids to fear, intimidation and possible physical harm. What role does the law play in this ever-growing dilemma?
Join a panel of attorneys, educators and mental health experts as they address the following issues, and more:
What should a parent do if a child reports bullying?
What is a school’s responsibility to act when bullying accusations are made?
Are there criminal consequences for juveniles who bully?
What programs are in place for educating kids about bullying and harassment?
Do bullying prevention programs work?
Is there a link between bullying and other criminal conduct?
What is being done by local, state and federal government to address this growing problem?
Recorded during a live webcast in March 2011.
2.0 Total CLE credits (No Ethics)
Amy J. Goldberg, MD, FACS, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia