Part of the Solution to Ending Bullying on Long Island

The 2010 Ethics of American Youth Survey, conducted by the Josephson Institute of Ethics, surveyed 43,321 teens ages 15 to 18, from 78 public and 22 private schools. The study found that 50% of students said they had “bullied, teased or taunted someone at least once,” and 47% had been “bullied, teased or taunted in a way that seriously upset me at least once.”

LINCS/BiasHELP, the Long Island Network of Community Services and its affiliate organization, BiasHELP, Inc. are deeply concerned about the impact of bullying on children as well as the impact bullying has on the school as a whole. We believe that an action is considered as bullying behavior when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself. Bullying can seriously affect the emotional, physical, and academic well-being of children who are bullied and contribute to a negative school climate.

LINCS/BiasHELP are committed to reducing the incidences of bullying in Long Island schools and communities. After doing extensive research we have identified the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program as the foremost bullying prevention program available. It is a whole school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bulling throughout a school setting.

In addition, the Olweus Bulling Prevention Program has received recognition from a number of organizations including: Blueprints Model Program, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado at Boulder; Model Program, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Effective Program, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice; and Level 2 Program, U.S. Department of Education.

Committed to Reducing Bullying on Long Island

As there were four reported teen suicides linked to bullying in the month of September alone, LINCS/BiasHELP, the Long Island Network of Community Services and its affiliate organization, BiasHELP, Inc. are deeply concerned about the impact of bullying on children as well as the impact bullying has on the school as a whole. We believe that an action is considered as bullying behavior when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself. Bullying can seriously affect the emotional, physical, and academic well-being of children who are bullied and contribute to a negative school climate.

LINCS/BiasHELP are committed to reducing the incidences of bullying in Long Island schools and communities. After doing extensive research we have identified the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program as the foremost bullying prevention program available. It is a whole school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bulling throughout a school setting.

In addition, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program has received recognition from a number of organizations including: Blueprints Model Program, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado at Boulder; Model Program, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Effective Program, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice; and Level 2 Program, U.S. Department of Education.

As it is highly recommended that schools work with certified Olweus trainers on the implementation of the program, our staff have become the only certified Olweus trainers on Long Island.

Anti-Bullying Logo Contest

The Long Island Network of Community Services, Inc. (LINCS) and BiasHELP, Inc. are launching an anti-bullying awareness and fundraising initiative, the Anti-bullying Logo Contest. This contest is open to all Nassau and Suffolk County youth ages 11-18 who are interested in using their creativity to help make a difference in the Long Island community.

Bullying is defined as an individual hurting or scaring someone physically, emotionally, or psychologically, on purpose and repeatedly. Bullying can take the form of pushing, punching, spreading rumors, excluding an individual from a group, or cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is when an individual bullies another individual using electronic methods such as texting, instant messaging, or using a social network such as Facebook, Myspace, or Twitter. Recent research shows that the effects of bullying can cause depression, anxiety and low self-esteem among those who are bullied and are bullies.

BiasHELP’s mission statement includes combating bullying, cyberbullying and internet violence. Through this initiative, we are seeking a logo to illustrate our anti-bullying message. This logo will be used on our website, literature and promotional materials, and will be seen throughout Long Island. All logo’s are to be submitted with the registration form and $10.00 registration fee by October 29, 2010 to LINCS: 60 Adams Avenue, Suite 101 Hauppauge, NY 11788.

BiasHELP Applauds the Overturning of California’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

BiasHELP, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency dedicated to the prevention of bias crimes, hate-related harassment, bullying, cyber-bullying and discrimination. BiasHELP applauds Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker for his ruling that overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban on Wednesday, August 4, 2010. This ruling was made in a lawsuit filed by two gay couples who claimed the voter-approved ban, Proposition 8, violated their civil rights.

Proposition 8 was passed in November of 2008, five months after the state Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in California. Supporters argued the ban was necessary to safeguard the traditional understanding of marriage and to encourage responsible childbearing.

Currently, same-sex couples can only legally wed in Massachusetts, Iowa, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Dr. Gail Barouh, BiasHELP’s CEO/Managing Director, “hopes that these verdicts will set the stage for a United States Supreme Court ruling on whether bans on same-sex marriage are infringing on the civil rights of a minority group and would, therefore be, unconstitutional.”

For more information on BiasHELP’s programming and efforts, please visit the website at www.BiasHELP.org or call our toll free number at 877-END-BIAS (363-2427).