Bullying can take many forms - emotional, physical, even digital - and the teasing or cruelty can seriously affect victims' well-being for many years. We wanted to know how bullying is dealt with in Alaska's schools - what programs are currently in place and where is there room for improvement?
IN-STUDIO GUESTS: Joining KTD Host Shana Sheehy in the studio to share what their respective districts are doing to create a kinder, more compassionate school climate and to explain how Social and Emotional Learning curricula are playing an important part in alleviating the problem are three guests.
• Lebron McPhail is the Director of Education from the Mat-Su Borough School District.
• Janet Davis is a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Support teacher in Anchorage's middle schools.
• Victoria Blakeney is the SEL Curriculum Coordinator for the Anchorage School District.
- Bullying & the home environment - Counselor, author of Simplicity Parenting and anti-bullying approach developer, Kim John Payne, spoke with KTD Producer Sarah Gonzales about how families can best help their children cope with bullying by simplifying life at home. [Listen]
- Peers helping peers prevent bullying - The Chugiak High School Peer Mediation program is the only one of its kind in the Anchorage School District; Jessica Cochran reports on how teens are helping teens solve their misunderstandings with one another. [Listen]
- Bullying in cyberspace - Susan Harnasch, the Cyber Crimes Prevention Specialist with the Anchorage Police Department, shares her thoughts on and tips for preventing cyberbullying. [View links to Internet Safety Resources here.]