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Cyberbullying takes old problem to new level

7:15 PM, Aug. 17, 2013
Student and adult participants give each other a hug after sharing a story about themselves during Challenge Day at Washington Junior High School in Manitowoc last year. The day-long program used in junior and senior high schools across the United States and in Canada, consists of games, activities and trust-building exercises designed to break down walls and lead to new levels of empathy and respect. The intended result is a reduction in bullying.
Student and adult participants give each other a hug after sharing a story about themselves during Challenge Day at Washington Junior High School in Manitowoc last year. The day-long program used in junior and senior high schools across the United States and in Canada, consists of games, activities and trust-building exercises designed to break down walls and lead to new levels of empathy and respect. The intended result is a reduction in bullying.
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Name calling, whispering, spreading rumors, pushing and shoving, excluding people. Bullying in school is nothing new, but there's one big difference these days.

Students no longer just call each other names in the hallway or start rumors in the cafeteria. Now they tweet it or text it or post it on Facebook, and in an instant the hurtful comments are spread throughout the school, to students in other schools, and even to parents.

"They don't understand that it's worldwide," said Debby Shimanek, who took over as director of elementary and secondary education for the Manitowoc Public School ...

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