DOE hosts bullying conference

The U.S. Department of Education hosted its first conference on bullying this week, adding the issue to a steadily growing list of education priorities for the Obama administration. Leaders attending the conference tasked themselves with developing and implementing a national strategy that reduces and eventually ends bullying.

The conference — an interagency effort by the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Justice, Defense, Interior and Agriculture — is the first of its kind, bringing together government and non-government players in the education field to discuss how to address bullying.

Highlights from the conference included the following:

Representatives from Dairy Queen, the Cartoon Network, and Facebook talked about ways that corporate America can help form partnerships with local communities and schools to prevent bullying in public schools. You can view that segment by clicking here.

A panel led by Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin addressed the impact of bullying and what programs work in combating it. You can view that segment by clicking here.

Representatives from the medical and criminal justice communities and teen mentors discussed current programs to help stop bullying in schools. You can view that segment by clicking here.

Arne Duncan addressed the Department of Education’s first summit on efforts to prevent bullying in public schools. He talked about ways to end bullying and creating a national strategy to help local communities address the problem. You can view that segment by clicking here.

A panel of child development researchers presented scientific research on bullying. Topics included aggressive behavior versus bullying, interventions for bullying, and factors that contribute to a climate of bulling. You can view that segment by clicking here.

You can view the entire program by clicking here.

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