Tweeting to end bullying

It seems like every time I open a magazine, newspaper or turn on the TV there’s something about bullying. These bullying discussions recently were taken to a whole new venue – a live chat that I participated in on Twitter.

TwitterLast month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted an hour-long live Twitter chat with a panel of experts and advocates from across the country about bullying prevention. Dick Schafer, manager, program development and evaluation, Children’s Health Education Center, and I had the opportunity to participate as representatives of the American School Health Association. Topics of discussion included facts, experiences and resources. The Twitter discussion was driven by a great group of passionate people all with the same mission – stopping bullying in our schools.

The experience was intense. You could feel the energy building throughout the chat. Everyone had to share their thoughts in only 140 characters, which can be a challenge! At times the Twitter chat went so fast, it was hard to keep up.

The panel that led the discussion included experts from the U.S. Department of Education, CDC and other high-profile organizations. Discussions included the importance of having a schoolwide effort, including policies, parent and community involvement, and support to help with prevention and intervention. And of course, we talked about evaluation – an important component to ensure we are making a difference.

If you’re interested in learning more, follow the discussion on Twitter at #VetoViolence or follow stopbullyingnow.com.

~ Bridget Clementi, director, Community Health, Children’s Hospital of WisconsinBridget Clementi

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