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Dr. Edward F. Dragan, Writer of Soon to be Published Book, ‘Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know,’ Addresses the Issue of School Bullying

Lambertville, NJ (PRWEB) April 19, 2007

Dr. Edward F. Dragan education expert and founder of Education Management Consulting, LLC recognizes the importance of cooperative efforts to prevent school bullying.

“All children are entitled to courteous and respectful treatment by students and staff at school. Educators have a duty to ensure that students have a safe learning environment,” says education expert and school liability consultant Dr. Dragan.

In American schools, more than 16 percent of students say that they have been bullied by other students during the 2000-2001 school year, according to a survey funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The study appears in the April 25, 2001 Journal of the American Medical Association.

In the U.S. many states are finally recognizing the urgent need to take a firm stand against bullying. In February 2007, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled students have the right to attend school without being subjected to repeated taunts from other children. The ruling makes school districts in that state responsible for stopping bias-based harassment. A school district may be found liable if it knew about a “hostile educational environment” and failed to take reasonable action to end it.

Eighteen additional states, Guam, and Puerto Rico have passed anti-bullying laws and require public schools to have an anti-bullying policy in place. These laws generally define harassment and bullying as any conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school environment. The list includes age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.

According to Dr. Dragan, “The key for the protection of both the victim and the school is that the school takes affirmative action whenever there is an observation or report of bullying.”

“Schools must have clear policies and procedures and train students and staff in the detection, reporting, and prevention of bullying. No amount of laws will stop the practice of bullying. Effectiveness is achieved when students, parents, teachers, and administrators join together to confront bullying and harassment. Each must take responsibility to take part to protect students and to make schools safe.”


Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D. is the founder of Education Management Consulting, LLC, providing consultation and education expert witness services to school administrators and attorneys on education-related issues including school management, safety, bullying, education law suits, and school risk assessments. His book, Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know, is scheduled for publication in 2007.

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Physical Bullying of Kids on the Decline; PC Pandora 6.0 Computer Monitoring Software Can Help Combat the Rising Cyberbullying

Las Vegas, NV (Vocus) March 10, 2010

A recently-released national study funded by the US Department of Justice and conducted by the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire found physical bullying among peers declined from 2003 to 2008. Two studies conducted five years apart, asking the same questions, revealed the percentage of children reporting physical bullying in the past year went down from 22-percent to 15-percent.

In response, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) asserts that cyberbullying has eclipsed traditional playground bullying, citing statistics from their own study that shows more than 43-percent of teens are victims of cyberbullying. Further results reveal 92-percent of those bullied online know who their bully is and, unfortunately, only 10-percent of those dealing with a cyberbully tell their parents.

We agree with the NCPC and recognize that cyberbullying is the epidemic the industry, the government, parents and educators all need to be focusing on now, states co-founder of Pandora Corp., Manuel Coats. But success hinges on both parents and the kids involved.

Coats says the key to reducing the cyberbullying numbers is stopping incidents as quickly as possible.

Parents really need to be aware of what their child is doing online and what is happening in their digital lives, explains Coats. Statistics show that a child being bullied is not going to tell their parents. But, obviously, this is information that parents need to have.

Pandora Corp. makes and sells PC Pandora 6.0 computer monitoring software. Much like your TVs DVR, PC Pandora records everything and anything you tell it to on your PC. The software makes it possible for parents to view screenshots of everything their child does on the computer and view all emails sent and received, instant messenger conversations, social networking chats and posts, websites visited and much more. When a child is being bullied, PC Pandora will show the parents everything.

PC Pandora 6.0 lets parents know exactly what their children are doing online and see first-hand how they are interacting with others, says Coats. If their child is being bullied, they will have records and information they can use to help put an end the situation.

PC Pandora can also work on the flip-side, when a parent may have a bully in their house.

In some situations, PC Pandora might reveal that your child is the aggressor. If that is the case, you have the information you need to be able to sit down and talk to your child and put an end to the behavior before schools or law enforcement get involved.

But parents are only half of the solution.

We need to continue educating our kids, continues Coats. We need to reinforce lessons of kindness and show them how to help stop the bullying when they see it occurring. We also need to help them understand that what they say and do online will stick with them forever that includes the manner in which they treat others.

Fortunately, many school districts are already working with local law enforcement to bring students the education and awareness of cyberbullying they need. But with cyberbullying prevalent at such a high rate, it is clear both parents and students still have a lot of work to do in ending the epidemic.

Its truly a combination of parental awareness and education for our kids, states Coats. PC Pandora 6.0 is the best tool available to help with the first step. The second step is up to all of us.

For more information and a free trial of the new PC Pandora 6.0, visit http://www.pcpandora.com/live/whats-new.php.

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandoras Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com.

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uKnow.com Offers Free Parental Intelligence Service To Ensure Every Parent Can Keep Their Kids Safe From Cyber Bullying And Other Digital Dangers

Washington D.C. (PRWEB) October 05, 2011

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and uKnow.com is doing its part by offering parents access to a free version of their industry-leading parental intelligence system. uKnowKids Essential is a powerful new service to help parents protect their kids against online predators, sexting, and cyberbullying while also supervising their children’s digital privacy and reputation. uKnowKids Essential is the foundation of the uKnowKids platform, which includes uKnowKids Premier and uKnowKids Premier+. Parents can access the free service at http://www.uknow.com.

uKnowKids Essential provides parents with all the major tools needed to effectively supervise their childrens digital world. Features of the free product include:

Pandora Corp. Discusses The Roots of Bullying

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) October 20, 2011

In October, Anderson Cooper 360 devoted a week to find the Roots of Bullying. Sociologist Robert Faris and Diane Felmlee, author of Odd Girl Out, teamed up with the CNN network show for a six-month study on bullying. The week-long series was bookended by a Town Hall event, “Bullying: It Stops Here,” which also featured Dr. Phil McGraw and talk show host Kelly Ripa. James Leasure, co-founder of Pandora Corp., says parents should take note of the studys key findings and Dr. Phils words of wisdom.

Bullying in schools and online is a serious issue, says Leasure. The AC360 series highlights and points out exactly why this is an issue that deserves both a national discussion between lawmakers and schools, as well as participation from parents to help end it.

The study was performed at a high school on Long Island, New York. More than 700 kids were asked a series of 28 questions, at four different times during the semester. On the show, Dr. Faris observed the frequent occurrence of social combat, a term used to describe the constant fight a child must make to climb the social hierarchy ladder. As kids climb that ladder, they have a higher chance of being both a victim and an aggressor.

One of the more revealing facets of the study was that victims are often also aggressors, and visa versa, observes Leasure. This essentially means that if your child is involved in bullying, they are embedded in it and need help to get out.

A second major finding from the study is the fact that 56% of the teens surveyed more than half – reported being involved in bullying, either as a victim or an aggressor. To make matters worse, 80% of the bullying incidents were never reported. The reason?

Of the kids surveyed, 74% believe that telling an adult wont help matters, Leasure says. As it is pointed out in the story, the victimization and bullying occuring in youth culture is constant and happening on a daily basis, and it is almost entirely under the radar.

A final major observation of the study is the correlation between the affluent suburb in New York and a previous study, conducted in rural North Carolina with thousands of teens. The two communities could not be more different in geography, economic and racial demographics, but the bullying patterns are very much the same. Dr. Faris notes that the similarities indicate that this is a national problem, and one that we must be having a conversation about.

This is a national problem, festering at the local level, states Leasure. But all of those local levels follow similar patterns. The solution is universal. Parents everywhere need to be proactive in stopping bullying. They absolutely must monitor their childs online social life and interactions. They must be aware of how their kids are being treated, and how they are treating others.

Pandora Corp. is the maker of PC Pandora computer monitoring software. Like DVR for the TV, PC Pandora records everything and anything on a PC, allowing parents to see everything their child is doing both off and online. Parents can see screenshots of all activity, plus text-based logs of all instant messenger conversations, social network chats and posts, websites visited, Internet search queries, programs used, keystrokes and much more. Whatever a child does on the computer, good or bad, PC Pandora will show their parents everything.

According to Leasure, PC Pandora can help end the cyberbullying epidemic by showing parents exactly what their kids are doing online, and exposing any bullying that may be taking place online.

Cyberbullying starts with anonymity on the Internet, but it succeeds through the ability to operate secretly in the home, he explains. Cyberbullying is not going to go away until the parents of the bullies know what their kids are doing online and step in to stop the aggressive behavior.

During the Town Hall, Dr. Phil McGraw states clearly:

If your child’s a bully, it’s your job to know your child is a bully. It’s your job to know that. It’s your job to intervene at that level as a parent. It’s your job to talk to the school Everybody keeps saying the parents just know what the kids tell them. If you’re a parent, it’s your job to observe your child and know what they’re doing Parents cannot just check out and say they didn’t tell me. They didn’t tell me. It’s your job to find out.

We couldnt agree with this more and its what we have been shouting for years, Leasure concludes. You can talk to your kids and have that open dialogue, but a child is still not going to tell you when they are bullying someone. It is your job to find out on your own. And a tool like PC Pandora is the best way to find that out.

For more information on how you can stop cyberbullying, visit PC Pandora online at http://pcpandora.com and like the PC Pandora Facebook page!

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora monitoring software has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandoras Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora computer monitoring software is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com and on and on Facebook!


Bullying Remains an Epidemic in the Academic Community

(PRWEB) November 18, 2011

Bryant Securitys goal is to protect the community against crime, terrorists and most importantly keeping the kids safe. As a main participant at this years Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), Bryant Security instills educational piece of mind on the topic of bullying in the school systems.

Its an epidemic. Bullying has been around since the days of Oliver Twist, and unfortunately isn’t going anywhere. Thanks to the South Florida security company, Bryant Security-parents and kids can feel at ease when it comes to bullying. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development surveyed nearly 16,000 students from public, private and religion based schools. They found 29 percent of the students who responded had been involved in some aspect of bullying, either as the bully, the target, or both. At this years FCIS on November 17-18th, Bryant Security discussed bullying, and what we can do about it. If your child or student tells or hints that he is being called names, teased, or invaded in anyway, please contact the school department heads immediately and report it.

Private Detective Chelmsford Announce the Use of Private Investigators to Combat Bullying

(PRWEB UK) 3 October 2012

Bullying is a constant issue for schools throughout the country and the statistics are worrying. Anti-bullying charity Kidscape claims that 10-14 of youth suicides each year are directly attributed to bullying and that 1 in 12 children are so badly bullied that it affects their education, personal and social development, relationships, future education and job.

Kidscape receive 16,000 calls a year from distressed parents of bullied children, and if their childs school has inadequate anti-bullying policies, many parents feel they must take matters into their own hands

Private Detective Chelmsford has revealed that their private investigators are increasingly being called upon by parents to investigate bullying, be it emotional, physical or virtual. Services offered by private detectives can often provide the much needed conclusive proof against the bully to ensure they are caught out and stopped.

The services can offer parents a much needed peace of mind about the safety of their child as well as their wellbeing and happiness.

A spokesperson from Private Detective Chelmsford said:

We see many unhappy children bullied either physically at school or emotionally on Facebook and other social network sites. Parents call us to investigate the bullying as it can often be hard to prove bullying is actually taking place, and its often their word against yours. By hiring a private investigator they can gain conclusive proof, which can aid the case and protect their child against any more harm.

Private Detective Chelmsford along with their sister company Private Detective Southend On Sea are a team of highly trained professional and discreet private investigators and detectives with over 35 years experience in the industry. Their understanding and approachable team of male and female detectives are available 24/7 to conduct matrimonial, corporate and private investigations.

Mother of Cyberbullied Child Speaks Out, Advocates Plan to Address Bullying

Scottsdale, Ariz. (PRWEB) October 17, 2012

Marie Taylor, Arizona resident and mother to 11-year-old Jacob*, first detected her son was being bullied during winter school vacation. Taylor tracks her sons email account and noticed messages asking about his unkind comments about a classmate. She was perplexed, but it soon became apparent what was happening: he was being cyberbullied.

We discovered the perpetrator was using my sons name and photo and impersonating him on Facebook, said Taylor. From midnight to morning, the person would post on others pages, saying some pretty harsh things. We first thought his account had been hacked, but it wasnt long before we realized it was an acquaintance of his who had created a profile and acted on his behalf.

According to Aftab.com, a cyberbully and privacy website, 85 percent of middle school aged children have been cyberbullied, but only 5 percent would tell their parents if they were cyberbullied. Perhaps most shocking is that 70 percent of cyberbullying comes from friends or acquaintances.

As cyberbullying continues to grow, it becomes more difficult for children to avoid it, said Betsy Landers, president, National Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Our children cant leave the classroom or playground to shut out cyberbullying; with technology, it follows them everywhere.

This was the first of Taylors four children that used social networking sites, so the landscape was totally new. And, she didnt know what action to take to monitor her children, or how to react to any problems on the networks.

When I was in middle school, the bullying stopped once you left school, said Taylor. Back then we could rumor-monger, but the whole idea of someone copying a photo, creating a new profile, acting as somehow else its just totally new to me. In fact, it was very scary figuring out how to appropriately respond to my son being cyberbullied.

Parents are digital immigrants when it comes to sites like Facebook and Twitter, so its not obvious what risks social media networks can present, explained Matt Cullina, CEO of IDentity Theft 911. We strongly advocate that before parents permit their child to sign-up for a social networking site, they educate themselves on the dangers, and provide some ground rules before establishing an account like permission to monitor accounts and activities.

SocialScout, a parental intelligence tool for parents to monitor their childs social networking habits, is a key product offering by IDentity Theft 911, the nations premier consultative provider of identity and data risk management resolution and education services. Currently offered to PTA members through a partnership with the National PTA, SocialScout offers a quick and easy way to analyze a childs social networking and mobile phone activity while safeguarding their privacy and reputation on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

“My kids say I’m not a helicopter mom. I’m more of a B-52 bomber mom. But even so, I didn’t notice there was a problem right away, said Taylor. A monitoring tool like SocialScout could have helped address my sons cyberbullying issue before it got out of hand.

As a leader in social networking monitoring, SocialScout has crafted a resource for parents to guide them through steps to take to address cyberbullying when their child is the victim or the perpetrator. The graphic is designed to provide a comprehensive look at why and how children are cyberbullied, and it details important statistics about common parent fears for social media. The SocialScout Cyberbully Response Plan is available for download at http://tinyurl.com/CBResponsePlan.

Monitoring your child on a social network is no different than ensuring they are getting to school safely or ensuring they have healthy meals its modern form of parental involvement, said Landers. Parents who are monitoring their childrens activities are not crossing the line into invasion of privacy; they are cyber-savvy and involved, not to mention potentially avoiding a tragedy down the road.

SocialScout gives parents an easy-to-read report about with whom the child is communicating, and what they and their contacts are posting and sharing either online or through their mobile phone. It tracks some of the most popular networks, including Facebook and Twitter, and is easily accessible through any smartphone. This birds-eye view into your childs digital world includes details about their contacts and the content of their text messages and online posts and messages. Activity Reports can be sent by email in real-time, or on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Additionally, SocialScout uses GPS-tracking to conveniently locate your child, ensuring parents know their whereabouts with the push of a button.

SocialScout is available to national and local insurance carriers, financial institutions and employers, offering peace of mind to parents wisely concerned about the online threats targeting their children. For more information, visit mysocialscout.net.

About IDentity Theft 911

Founded in 2003, IDentity Theft 911 is the nations premier consultative provider of identity and data risk management, resolution and education services. The company serves 17.5 million households across the country and provides fraud solutions for a range of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, the countrys largest insurance companies, corporate benefit providers, banks and credit unions and membership organizations. Since 2005, the company has helped more than 600,000 businesses manage data breaches. IDentity Theft 911 is the proud recipient of several awards, including the Stevie Award for Sales and Customer Service and the Parent Tested, Parent Approved award for social networking monitoring tool SocialScout.

*Name has been changed to protect the victim.

New Comic Book Helps Teens and Adults with Disabilities Stop Abuse, Bullying and Violence

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 26, 2012

The Fullpower Safety Comics book helps people with disabilities learn to protect themselves from abuse, bullying and violence. The book is the latest in the Safety Comics series from Kidpower.org, a nonprofit leader in personal safety and confidence building education and services. The newest Safety Comics book makes learning personal safety skills accessible and fun for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities or limited literacy skills.

We have found that comics engage people of all ages and abilities, by being both entertaining and giving important information, says author Irene van der Zande, executive director and founder of Kidpower. The Fullpower Safety Comics helps teens and adults, including those with limited reading or spoken language abilities, learn and practice physical and social skills to help keep them safe from bullying, abuse and other violence.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s most recent studies on Crimes Against People with Disabilities show that teens and adults with a disability experienced violence and abuse at close to twice the rate of those without a disability in 2010. The study also notes that people with a cognitive disability had the highest rate of violent victimization.

Educators and therapists use the Fullpower Safety Comics to teach students and patients how to build personal safety awareness and skills. “Many of my clients are teens and adults with developmental disabilities who have already experienced bullying, abuse, or other violence, says John Luna Sparks, a licensed clinical social worker in Oakland, CA. I use the Fullpower Safety Comics even with those who can only read just a little. The entertaining illustrations,

Video Shows Kidpower Story of Empowering Kids To Stop Bullying, Abuse and Violence

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 05, 2012

The One Million Safer Kids Video from acclaimed personal safety education nonprofit, Kidpower, was released today to broadcast its mission to create a safer world, one child at a time. The new video shows how Kidpower makes it fun for kids to learn how to be safe from bullying, abuse and violence.

The goal for the One Million Safer Kids initiative is simple: to make one million children safer from bullying, abuse and violence by finding innovative new ways to share Kidpowers personal safety and awareness skills training.

Weve wanted to make a One Million Safer Kids video from the start of the initiative, says Kidpower founder and executive director, Irene van der Zande. Our experience is that kids learn best when they can practice skills in a safe and fun setting and this video is a powerful way to share how we make that happen.

Kidpower launched its One Million Safer Kids initiative last year with the goal to reach one million more kids in five years or less. One year later, more than 200,000 young people have already been helped and van der Zande hopes to use the video to reach worldwide to help parents, teachers and children get access to Kidpowers often life-saving personal safety skills.

This new video offers an inspiring view into what really makes Kidpower so engaging and effective for kids and adults alike, says Eileen DiFranco, a Kidpower Board Member and Advisor. It is also the centerpiece of our end-of-year Season of Safety campaign. During the month of December we will be asking Kidpower supporters to share personal stories about how Kidpower skills have made their lives safer and more fun.

I hope the story of how Kidpower got started, and seeing kids have fun practicing the safety skills in our new video will inspire people to help us reach even further and faster to share Kidpower with all of the kids in their lives, in their communities, and around the world, says van der Zande.

“We had a blast working with Kidpower! says Cara Jones, the video producer and founder of Storytellers For Good. We’re so inspired by how Irene and her team are transforming young lives and empowering kids everywhere to stay safe.”

Kidpower was founded in 1989 by van der Zande after she protected a group of children, including her own, from a man threatening to kidnap one of them. Since then, Kidpower has helped more than two million young people learn to protect themselves from bullying and abuse, and build healthy relationships. Van der Zande aims to boost that number rapidly through the One Million Safer Kids initiative.

A world with One Million Safer Kids is a better world for all of us. says van der Zande. It is a world with more joyful playgrounds, classrooms, and neighborhoods. It is a world with more relationships strengthened by strong boundary setting skills. Its a world with less trauma and injury. It is a world where children (and parents) feel safer because they are empowered. The potential ripple effect of One Million Safer Kids is both staggering and achievable.

About Kidpower

Kidpower’s expertise in child safety has been featured by USA Today, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal and its programs are widely recommended worldwide for taking a positive, skills-based approach to preventing abuse, kidnapping, bullying and other violence. Kidpower workshops, K-12 safety curriculum, books, videos, the Kidpower.org free online library and other services have helped to protect more than 2 million young people from abuse, bullying and other violence since 1989. Irene van der Zande, Kidpower’s founder and executive director is the author of the

KidsEmail.org Releases Cyberbullying eBook In Effort to Help Parents Protect Children from Online Bullying

Shelley, Idaho (PRWEB) January 24, 2013

The dawn of the digital age has brought about a new form of bullying known as cyberbullying. According to bullyingstatistics.org, more than 1 in 3 young people have been victims of online threats showing just how widespread the problem is. Kids Email, an online provider of safe email for children, has released an eBook detailing this new phenomenon and how to protect children from it.