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Less Bullying in LI Middle Schools?

Less Bullying in LI Middle Schools?

Roslyn (WALK) - Bullying in schools may never go away, but a new local study finds that it may not happen as often as it once did, with kids more willing to intervene to stop it.

The survey of 6th and 7th graders, conducted by Roslyn-based Child Abuse Prevention Services, finds that students believe bullying is occurring less often than in previous years, although it continues to remain widespread. CAPS conducts the survey of public and private school students each year, and releases results as the new school year begins. 1,177 kids participated this year.

Other findings include:

  • 80% of students report that they have never been cyber-bullied. Only 3% report being cyber-bullied regularly.
  • Students believe that reaching out to teachers and aides would be most helpful in stopping bullying in their schools. Only 7% of respondents believed police or more security would stop bullying.
  • Long Island students’ response to where bullying occurs most often is in line with national survey results. Respondents said that most bullying occurs in the hallway, bus and playground, where there is less adult supervision. Only 4% reported bullying in the classroom.

Alane Fagin, executive director of CAPS, says that they are concerned that bullying is still a part of students' everyday life, but they're encouraged that they continue to see a reduction in bullying.

"We’re pleased to see that students are less likely to ignore bullying when they see it and more likely to speak to an adult at school when they see a classmate being bullied," Fagin said. "Students and adults are stepping up to intervene and prevent bullying in their schools.”

Fagin believes that implementation of New York State's anti-bullying law, the Dignity Act, resulted in more and better intervention in local schools.

CAPS offers student workshops on bully prevention and Internet safety programs to Long Island school children at no cost, with financing coming from sources including corporate and government grants and private donations. Last year, CAPS volunteers presented programs in more than 1,500 Nassau and Suffolk county classrooms to 40,000 school age children. The CAPS Bully Prevention Center provides Dignity Act training for educators as well.

For more information about CAPS programs, click here.

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