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PREVNet Scientific Co-Director Dr. Wendy Craig on CTV's Canada AM

The key to preventing bullying lies in teaching empathy.

"An expert on youth bullying says the suicide death of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons is a tragedy, but the answer to preventing future tragedies doesn’t lie in trying to criminalize all bullying"

New book helps parents handle bullying in the Frontenac this Week

"When Dr. Wendy Craig started doing her PhD dissertation at York University in the 90s, she put remote microphones on children in the playground. This was the first time anyone had recorded bullying as it was happening."

Dr. Wendy Craig in Psychology Today "December 12 is Global Bullying Prevention Day"

"According to psychologist Wendy Craig, children who are victimized and bullied can have long-lasting emotional problems that persist well into adulthood. Craig, a professor of psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, has made a long-time study of the psychological problems associated with bullying. These problems can include clinical depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, eating problems, and substance abuse. Even chronic bulliers are at risk since they are more likely to become delinquents and to engage in physical and sexual harassment of partners as adults."

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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."

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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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