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Just an update for those of you that are into social networking. We recently created an EducationBug page on both Twitter and Facebook. This is a great way for you to keep up with new things happening at EducationBug.org as well as talk with other parents, teachers, or students about what is happening in your schools or homeschools.

Our Facebook page will have updates every time we post new articles or add new elements to our site. We will also have discussion topics going on about school issues in the news from teen suicide to online safety and everything in between. Feel free to start your own discussion if there is some particular issue you are interested in, have questions about, or would like to discuss with other fans.

Twitter is a great way for us to send out quick updates about what is new on the site. Look for information like new job postings, new articles we have added, and other site news and updates at EducationBug.org. EducationBug has a ton of great info for parents, students, teachers, administration, librarians, and counselors. Whether you are involved in a public school, private school, or homeschool situation. Add EducationBug today and share this great site with your friends.

Bullying in Schools

There has always been at least one child who would tease or torment others in the class room or on the playground. Years ago bullying in schools meant someone was calling names, teasing, and on occassion someone would picking a fight. These fights were usually few and far between and were quickly put to a stop and punishment ensued. Today, school violence has taken on a whole new meaning. Statistics on teen violence indicate it is continuing to become a greater issue all the time. These statistic also show that about 6% of kids will cut classes or not attend school because they are insecure about being there. Kids no longer fear being called names because they have much harsher terms of bullying to worry about. Simple name calling has turned into out right verbal abuse, emotional abuse, and often physical abuse. Amongst some of the many reasons we are seeing more and more abuse within our schools is because the number of teen gangs continue to grow and our youth are attracted to the image they portray. Although they may not initially join to become violent as they get involved they are expected to carry out violence, which is often brought into the schools.
Yet another way of teen bullying has come to light with the use of electronic devices. Although most schools do not allow use of cellular phones it seems most kids have them anyway. Texting is an easy way for them to mock, degrade, or send terrible messages. Last week an LA jury convicted a mother of participating in bullying a 13 year old girl by posing as a boy on MySpace and once she gained her trust began to belittle her creating a verbal and emotional abuse situation. This 13 year old wound up commiting suicide. The statistics on teen suicide indicate our youth are suffering from terrible emotion issues we may not even be aware of. Some of the warning signs of someone who may be having suicidal thoughts are feeling of worthlessness, anger, withdrawal, weight loss/gain, and teen depression.
Teen violence statistics continue to increase, it is important that parents get involved with their children and well as their schools and educate themselves on what is going on with their kids as well as any potential dangers of their children while at school.