Education Secretary Arne Duncan and the Obama administration are making school bullying a priority. In addition to setting up an informational website,, the administration is working on developing a uniform definition of bullying that aims to help schools confront the problem. In the wake of the suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer of Amherst, N.Y., Duncan and other education experts said schools must confront the bullying problem head on, lest they risk more young lives. Rodemeyer was the victim of several hateful anonymous comments left on his Formspring blog.

ED’s “Stop Bullying” website includes advice on preventing cyber bullying, such as: Educate students, teachers, and other staff members about cyber bullying, its dangers, and what to do if someone is cyber bullied; discuss cyber bullying with students. They might be knowledgeable about cyber bullying, and they might have good ideas about how to prevent and address it; and be sure that your school’s rules and policies address cyber bullying.

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