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New Uniform Definition of Bullying


Uniform Definition DocumentIn 2011, I was asked to be part of an “expert panel” to develop a uniform definition of bullying for public health surveillance in schools. This expert panel met a number of times to come up with a uniform definition that was measurable and to recommend a series of items that could be included in the Youth Risk Behaviour Surveillance System (YRBSS) which is conducted biennially in schools across America. A link to the introductory website outlining the CDC’s program of work focusing on bullying can be found here.

The definition and recommended items for inclusion in public health surveillance can be found here (as a pdf). It includes the measurement of bullying on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

It was a great honour for me to be part of this process which monitors bullying  and builds an understanding of the needs to safeguard all young people in American schools. We need something like this in the UK desperately. it is foolish that we rely on charities and their stretched resources to safeguard children and young people in our schools and colleges.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth Lilach permalink
    26/01/2014 2:37 pm

    This is excellent and very useful. I’m sending it to all my educators. Thank you for your superb work and research. Respectfully, Beth

  2. 26/01/2014 8:56 pm

    Bullying is an ongoing topic in our VA public schools, Ian. We try to make sure that our children have enough adults around they trust and can reach out to. That is why it is so important to sit and chat with your children and their friends.

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