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Stop Bullying on the Spot



When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. 

Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.





The Cybersmile Foundation is a multi-award winning anti-cyberbullying nonprofit organization. Committed to tackling all forms of digital abuse, harassment and bullying online, we work to promote kindness, diversity and inclusion by building a safer, more positive digital community.

Through education, innovative awareness campaigns and the promotion of positive digital citizenship we reduce incidents of cyberbullying and through our professional help and support services we empower victims and their families to regain control of their lives.

Founded in 2010, Cybersmile has grown to become the world’s leading anti-cyberbullying nonprofit organization. Registered as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in the U.S. and as a registered charity in the U.K. – Cybersmile provides expert support, resources and consultancy to individuals, governments, corporations and educational institutions around the world.

Our educational programs, support services and messages of hope and positivity reach millions of people around the world each year, whilst maintaining our core values of integrity, equality and compassion – the Cybersmile hallmark.


Our mission is a simple one – we believe that everybody should have the right to access and enjoy our connected world.

Unfortunately, cyberbullying, harassment and digital abuse is increasing, holding many back from enjoying the benefits that access to the internet can provide. Our current online environment lacks the balance and social rules of engagement that have been cultivated over generations, governing the behavior and relationships in the communities where we live, play and work – the physical world.

The Cybersmile Foundation are committed to helping everyone realize their true potential by supporting those that are bullied and abused online, changing the behavior of the bullies themselves and through education – preparing this and further generations for a safe and positive digital future.


Our ‘Tri-Pillar’ model is based on three primary areas or ‘pillars’ of activity – Awareness, Education and Support. Cybersmile believe that a focus on all three of these pillars is important for maximum social impact.

Our model provides strong program foundations with opportunity for balanced growth, scalability and sustainability.

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 Toks Omishakin is the Deputy Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Transportation, and the Vice Chair of the Council on Active Transportation for AASHTO. Under AASHTO's new organization the Council on Active Transportation is at the same level as their Council on Rail, Highway and Air travel.  Commissioner Omishakin will talk about the Council's new Strategic plan and how bicycling and walking advocates can work with their state DOTs to improve bicycling and walking in their state.  



Glow kids: Beware of the screen

 Published on Oct 13, 2016SUBSCRIBE 179KYahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga sat down with psychotherapist and addiction specialist Nicholas Kardaras, author of Glow Kids:  How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids  and How to Break the Trance, to discuss how digital screens may have a negative effect on children and what parents can do to address it. 

Burnout Is Now A Legitimate Diagnosis, Says World Health Organization

WHO officially recognizes job burnout – here are the symptoms and solutions



The World Health Organization has included job burnout in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases as an occupational phenomenon.

Have you lost your workday pep? Are you feeling grumpy at the office? You may have burnout!

What has long been the realm of abstract complaint – what is burnout, anyway? – has now been officially recognized as a thing by the World Health Organization (WHO).

While not classified as a medical condition, burnout has been included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases as an "occupational phenomenon." It is included in the chapter titled, "Factors influencing health status or contact with health services" – in other words, health complaints that are not classed as illnesses or health conditions.

The WHO defines the exhausting drudgery of it all as follows:

Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.

The symptoms of burnout

They go on to describe the three "dimensions" of burnout.

1. Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion.
2. Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job.
3. Reduced professional efficacy.

And while yes, one may feel all of these things outside of work as well – housekeeping, marriage, et cetera – WHO notes that burnout "refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.”

The organization will soon be developing guidelines on mental well-being in the workplace – and it can't come soon enough. Just after money, work is the second most common source of stress in the U.S. according to the American Psychological Association. And burnout can become a dangerous health risk.

The consequences

According to the Mayo Clinic, the consequences of burnout aren't just frustration and fatigue. Ignored or unaddressed job burnout can have significant consequences, including:

• Excessive stress
• Fatigue
• Insomnia
• Sadness, anger or irritability
• Alcohol or substance misuse
• Heart disease
• High blood pressure
• Type 2 diabetes
• Vulnerability to illnesses

'Burnout' is an 'occupational phenomenon' not disease: World Health Organisation



GENEVA (AFP) - The World Health Organisation said on Tuesday (May 28) that "burnout" remains an "occupational phenomenon" that could lead someone to seek care but it is not considered a medical condition.

The clarification came a day after the WHO mistakenly said it had listed burnout in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) for the first time.

The World Health Assembly, WHO's main annual meeting which wraps up on Tuesday, approved at the weekend the latest catalogue of diseases and injuries, collectively known as the ICD-11.

Burnout Is Now A Legitimate Diagnosis, Says World Health Organization


 Burnout is now classified as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed,” according to WHO.  

The stress, depression and lack of feeling in control that comes with burnout are finally being formally recognized by the medical community: Burnout is now an official workplace syndrome.

The International Classification of Diseases, or the ICD-11, the World Health Organization’s handbook that helps medical providers diagnose diseases, classifies burnout as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

Parents 'to be told to limit children's screen time to two hour sessions'


 Chief Medical Officer Sally Davies is set to issue guidance next week but will apparently stop short of proposing a cap on technology use 







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We are the only nonprofit organization in the world that carries out cutting edge research on environmental health hazards and also works directly with communities, health and education professionals, and policymakers to understand and mitigate these hazards.





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Teacher Unions And Parent Teacher Organizations: Health Concerns About Wi-Fi



Schools Banning Cell Phones In The Classroom

Video Generation Zapped

 n less than a generation, cell phones and the Internet have revolutionized virtually every aspect of our lives, transforming how we work, socialize and communicate. But what are the health consequences of this invisible convenience? Generation Zapped investigates the dangers of daily exposure to wireless technologies – including the devastating effects on our health from infertility to cancer – and suggests ways to reduce overexposure. 

Video Generation Zapped - Dangers of Wifi technology

 Investigates the potential dangers of prolonged exposure to Radio Frequencies (RF) from wireless technology and it's effects on our health.. 


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Jennifer Wright-Berryman, PhD, assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the UC College of Allied Health Sciences, was featured on NBC Nightly News in a story on Hope Squads. She is the national lead researcher for the group which seeks to reduce self-destructive behavior and youth suicide by training, building, and creating change in schools and communities. She says the stigma of not wanting to talk about suicide is breaking down and students are willing to accept help.

FBI warns sextortion scams targeting teens is on the rise; how to protect your kids



One of the best and worst things about the internet is the concept of anonymity. On one hand, being anonymous preserves our right to privacy, and keeps intrusive organizations and governments from watching the things that we do. On the other, anonymity can enable people to behave their absolute worst and empower questionable behavior with little fear of backlash. People can say anything and pretend to be anyone -- and it's increasingly more difficult to know if anyone is really who they say they are!

That's why a number of bad actors are taking advantage of anonymity to hurt some of the most vulnerable people on the internet: our kids. More than ever, children on the internet are at risk of exploitation from strangers -- and these deviants have an entirely new toolkit at their disposal to get what they want.

Is technology the new tobacco? Dr. Lisa Strohman shares tips to limit screen time in kids



Is technology the new tobacco? Dr. Lisa Strohman shares tips to limit screen time in kids

Is technology the new tobacco? Dr. Lisa Strohman, founder of Digital Citizen Academy, discusses screen time and our children's brains -- as well as how parents can limit exposure to screens. 

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First Lady Melania Trump and Others on Cyberbullying

 AUGUST 20, 2018

First Lady Melania Trump and Others on Cyberbullying

First lady Melania Trump participated in a summit on cyberbullying prevention. Other speakers inlcuded Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and student activist Joseph Grunewald.

This event was part of day-long summit was hosted by the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention.


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Cyberbullying Prevention Summit, Law Enforcement and Education Officials

Law enforcement and education officials participated in a series of panel discussions on cyberbullying prevention efforts. Speakers… read more 

Summit’s Hope Squad named Ohio Hope Squad of the Month


.Posted March 28, 2019

Summit students pet therapy dogs

The Summit Country Day School’s Hope Squad has been selected as the Ohio Hope Squad of the Month for March by Grant Us Hope, Ohio and Northern Kentucky’s provider of Hope Squad.

Through activities such as bringing in therapy dogs, writing positive messages in chalk on the sidewalks around campus and weekly meetings with peers, The Summit’s Hope Squad has been proactive in trying to help other students through challenges in their lives.  

“We identify students in need of help and connect them with resources,” seniors Julia Dean, Mt. Washington, and Carli Vallota, Mount Lookout, said in the Grant Us Hope monthly newsletter. “Most importantly, we promote positivity and boost morale schoolwide. While there is still so much untapped potential in our Hope Squad, we are incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished so far.” 

The students are trained to ask enough questions so they fully recognize students in crisis and how to respond. The training involves teaching Hope Squad members to question what they are being told, to persuade those who need it to get help and to refer them to an adult. 

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Are Smartphones Bad for Teen Mental Health?



This generation has seen serious increases in mental health problems, but smartphones are unlikely to blame.


Half of parents today think that their children are addicted to smartphones, and these parents are concerned about how mobile phones will affect their kids’ mental health, according to a new survey from Common Sense Media and SurveyMonkey. Each day, we hear that smartphones and social media are making our children—particularly teenagers—lazy, addicted, lonely, uninterested in having sex, too interested in viewing sex, and unable to function in the real world.

But our fear is misplaced; there is no compelling evidence that spending time online has a deleterious effect on teens’ mental health.

Young people today represent one of the most educated, least violent, and most socially connected generations the world has seen. Before you assume that I am being paid by a tech giant or have some Pollyanna view of adolescents, I should disclose that I am a psychologist and have spent my career studying mental health problems among young people. Mental disorders represent a real problem for a significant number of kids—up to one in five children under the age of 18 suffers from a mental disorder—and this was true long before smartphones were placed in their hands.

That’s why reports that smartphones are causing mental health problems among adolescents have caught my attention. If true, this link would be a major breakthrough in clinical practice. Parents, clinicians, and educators would have an easily identifiable target for addressing mental health problems among teens. It could revolutionize our prevention efforts and save lives.

It was disappointing, then, to learn that smartphones are unlikely to blame for this generation’s reported increases in serious mental health problems like depression. There is no good evidence yet that smartphone or social media use is driving these increases. When I looked past the headlines and at the data, I usually found no association between time spent online and mental health for most teens. When there was a link, it was tiny, with an unclear relationship between cause and effect.

Does this mean that paying attention to the amount of time teenagers spend glued to their devices does not matter? Absolutely not. Future studies may uncover negative effects; as of now, there are very few rigorous, large-scale studies available. This needs to change so we can responsibly monitor and respond to any risks.

In the meantime, we do know that young people who are already vulnerable or struggling in their offline lives receive less guidance navigating the online world. Parents in wealthier homes are more likely to actively mediate their child’s online activities—by talking about them, suggesting ways to use the Internet more safely, or joining in.

Among wealthy nations, income gaps in Internet and device access are shrinking, but a new type of digital divide is emerging. Youth in higher-income homes spend more time than disadvantaged kids in reading the news and searching out information online. In the U.S., teens in low-income families spend a greater share of time online using social media and watching videos. Teens from low-income families are more likely to report negative digital experiences such as cyberbullying, and social media experiences that spill over to create problems at school and with peers.

For parents and teachers, this means that phones may serve as mirrors reflecting problems or struggles that would otherwise be missed. It also means that already vulnerable teens may require additional support. A growing opportunity gap in access to resources, opportunities, and adult investment has emerged over the last 25 years as income inequality has accelerated, especially among families with children. It would be sad indeed to see this gap replicate itself in the online world.

The digital world is not creating a new species of teenagers. Many things that draw teens to smartphones—the need to socially connect, seek novel experiences, and learn about the world—are the sorts of things they have always sought. Just as in the offline world, there are light and dark places online that young people need our help to navigate.

But to effectively guide them, we will need to stop screaming about smartphones and start collaboratively building a digital world based on evidence—not fear. While adults obsess about teens and screen-time, real threats around data security, privacy, and loss of autonomy will continue to go unchecked. Worse, it could cause us to miss the real determinants of mental health problems among our kids.

So does all of the worrying about teenagers and their smartphones matter? Maybe. But likely not in the way we would expect. It turns out that parents spend far more time arguing with their kids about how much time they are spending online than they do discussing with them what they’re doing online. It’s time for a different approach.

This article was originally published on Fortune. Read the original article.

13-Year-Old Boy Dies More Than a Week After Being Sucker-Punched on Moreno Valley Middle School Camp



13-Year-Old Boy Dies More Than a Week After Being Sucker-Punched on Moreno Valley Middle School Campus   

A boy who was hospitalized after being sucker-punched at a Moreno Valley middle school campus has died, Riverside County Sheriff's Department officials announced Wednesday.

The victim, identified only as 13-year-old Diego, is seen in a family photo.

The victim, identified only as 13-year-old Diego, is seen in a family photo.

The boy was critically injured in the attack on Sept. 16 at Landmark Middle School. He has not been identified formally by authorities, but family and school officials said his name was Diego. 

Two boys, also 13, have been arrested in connection with the assault, which was caught on video and created an uproar in the community. The boys remain in custody in juvenile hall and are facing prosecution, officials said. 

Days after the fight, Diego's condition had been updated to stable but critical condition. On Wednesday, he "was pronounced clinically dead last night as a result of injuries sustained in the attack," officials said in a Facebook post.

"Rigorous medical intervention and treatment efforts at an area hospital were unsuccessful," sheriff's officials said in the Facebook page announcing the victim's death. "The Sheriff’s Department joins the community in mourning the loss of this young man."

Deputies responded to the campus, located at 15261 Legendary Drive, about 1:10 p.m. the afternoon of the incident.

Cellphone video that circulated on social media showed the boy being hit in the face by one boy, then sucker-punched on the side of his head by another. The second punch caused him to fall and hit his head against a pillar.

The boy who hit Diego first then hurries over to punch him again while he's on the ground, the video shows. That boy then runs off and the video ends.

Diego was then rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Classmates told KTLA that Diego had been previously bullied, including on social media. They also indicated violence has been an ongoing problem at the school.

Two days after the attack, hundreds of parents turned out to a meeting with the Moreno Valley Unified School District and expressed anger and uneasiness over how officials handled bullying cases.

A vigil will be held for Diego at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the middle school, according to the Facebook page Moreno Valley Matters.

The district will provide additional counselors and support personnel on campus to help students employees and families, spokesperson Anahi Velasco said in an email.

"As we mourn together, we also want to come together to find solutions and to take the necessayA photo of a recalled drug is seen on the FDA's website on Sept. 23, 2019.  

steps so that tragic incidents like this do not happen again," Velasco said.

A community meeting scheduled for Thursday evening has been postponed and the district will instead hold a remembrance ceremony for Diego at the middle school from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.




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The mission of BE BEST is to focus on some of the major issues facing children today, with the goal of encouraging children to BE BEST in their individual paths, while also teaching them the importance of social, emotional, and physical health. BE BEST will concentrate on three main pillars: well-being, online safety, and opioid abuse.

BE BEST will champion the many successful well-being programs that provide children with the tools and skills required for emotional, social, and physical health.  The campaign will also promote established organizations, programs, and people who are helping children overcome some of the issues they face growing up in the modern world.

Mother-Daughter Duo Tackle Bullying Through New Documentary


 Tonya Harris and her daughter Lyndsey joined Lu Parker and Christina Pascucci on the KTLA 5 Morning News at 11a. 

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