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November 2012

PREVNet Researcher Dr. John Leblanc in the Chronicle Herald "Bullies aren’t created equal".

"There is no one face that portrays children who bully. But those who do come with their own set of problems, says a Halifax researcher who studies the disturbing and harmful behaviour."

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Dr. Pepler and Dr. Craig in the NCE Newsletter "Putting Knowledge To Work To Prevent Bullying"

"When it comes to preventing bullying, knowledge is power. Thanks to coordinated, targeted efforts by the Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence (PREVNet) network, more of that valuable knowledge is being put where it can do the most good: in the hands of those who work with children and youth."

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Dr. Debra Pepler in the Globe and Mail - The challenge of teaching empathy to stop bullying

"Empathy is Canadian education’s best weapon against bullying, but it is a flawed tool. The prevailing wisdom, backed by experts, is that children are less likely to pick on peers if they understand the damage they can do. But kids aren’t born empathetic, they’re more susceptible to impulses, and worse, one experts points out, the lesson meant to tame the bully may have the opposite effect."

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Dr. Debra Pepler in the Toronto Star "Facebook launches Be Bold anti-bullying campaign" in partnership with PREVNet

"Facebook launches anti-bullying campaign, asking people to make a pledge to stop bullying and recruit others to get involved...“It doesn’t matter in what ways young people bully, it’s a really destructive process,” said Debra Pepler, the co-scientific director of PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network)."

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PREVNet on CTV News - Facebook launches 'bold' anti-bullying campaign

"Social media giant Facebook is asking users to take a stand against bullying in the Be Bold: Stop Bullying national campaign."

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PREVNet's Dr. Joanne Cummings and Dr. Debra Pepler in the Globe and Mail

Empathy is Canadian education’s best weapon against bullying, but it is a flawed tool

"The prevailing wisdom, backed by experts, is that children are less likely to pick on peers if they understand the damage they can do. But kids aren’t born empathetic, they’re more susceptible to impulses, and worse, one experts points out, the lesson meant to tame the bully may have the opposite effect."

Read the complete article.

PREVNet and Family Channel on City News Online for the beginning of Bullying Awareness Week

"Toronto Mayor Rob Ford helped kick off Bullying Awareness Week at city hall on Monday and admitted that he was the victim of taunts in his youth. This year the City of Toronto has partnered with police, anti-violence group PREVNet, the Toronto Coalition for the Awareness and Prevention of Bullying and others to launch Bullying Awareness Week, which goes until Nov. 18."

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PREVNet Researcher Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt - University of Ottawa Gazette

Teens are “wired” to belong — social media and bullying

"Not that long ago, the main social activity in a teen’s life comprised of face-to-face communication (yes I can appreciate how old I sound in writing this). For today’s teen, the primary mode of communication is texting—in fact, close to 20% of teens exchange more than 6000 texts per month. Almost all teens (95%) are on-line (the other 5% are probably grounded) using social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook."

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Mindshare Learning Podcast Interview with Dr. Debra Pepler on Cyberbullying

"To address the issue of cyber bullying, Robert Martellacci spoke with Dr. Debra Pepler, a distinguished research professor at York University. Her research focuses on bullying, aggression and other forms of violence, especially among marginalized and alienated young people."

Watch the Podcast

Dr. Debra Pepler in the Toronto star

Parents have a key role to play in teaching healthy relationship skills

"Parents can make a difference when it comes to encouraging their children to make healthy relationship choices down the road. These skills don’t develop automatically..."

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