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In the wake of several tragic bullying-related suicides last fall, the President and First Lady hosted the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention.  Today’s bullying isn’t like the bullying of yesteryear.  Texting, Twitter, and other technologies spread the effects of bullying far beyond the schoolyard.  No longer does the end-of-day schoolbell announce the end of the day’s bullying.  It can continue any time day or night.

For those of you who aren’t aware of just how bad the effects bullying can be, take a look at this video titled “Bullying FAIL” that’s been circulating on Twitter today.

According to the White House Blog:

Every day, thousands of children, teens, and young adults around the country are bullied. Estimates are that nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied each year – upwards of 13 million students. Students involved in bullying are more likely to have challenges in school, to abuse drugs and alcohol, and to have health and mental health issues. If we fail to address bullying we put ourselves at a disadvantage for increasing academic achievement and making sure all of our students are college and career ready.

In their own words:

The First Lady herself kicked off the conference:

More Resources:

Conference Participants Included:

  • Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education
  • Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Joe Sullivan, Facebook Chief Security Officer
  • Jason Rzepka, MTV’s Vice President of Public Affairs
  • John Gomperts, Director of AmeriCorps
  • Rosalind Wiseman, Expert on Children, Teens, Parenting, Bullying, Social Justice, and Ethical Leadership
  • Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Department of Justice
  • Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education
  • Michael Strautmanis, Deputy Assistant to the President & Counselor to the Senior Advisor for Strategic Engagement
  • Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator of Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Aneesh Chopra, Associate Director for Technology, Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Howard Schmidt Special Assistant to the President & Cybersecurity Coordinator, National Security Staff
  • Eduardo Ochoa, Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
  • Charlie Rose, General Counsel, Department of Education
  • Stephanie Cutter, Assistant to the President & Deputy Senior Advisor
  • Melody Barnes, White House Domestic Policy Advisor and Director of the Domestic Policy Council
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First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama Host Anti-Bullying Conference at the White House: