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.]
- Power of One: Mr. D & The Kodiak Island Drummers - KTD Contributor Jessica Cochran brings us the second installment of the Power of One to highlight the musical mentoring of Mike Daquioag aka "Mr. D" who leads the Kodiak Island Drummers, an all-ages group of kids with awesome rhythm. [Listen]