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Beyond the Labels: Exploring the Mental Effects of High School Cliques standard

High school, often depicted as a time of discovery and growth, is also a landscape rife with social dynamics and hierarchies. One of the most prominent aspects of high school culture is the formation of cliques—exclusive groups that often dictate social interactions and identities. While cliques may seem innocuous on the surface, the mental effects they can have on individuals within and outside these groups are profound and far-reaching. Let’s delve into the complexities of high school cliques and their impact on mental well-being. At their core, cliques are social structures that serve to create a sense of belonging and identity for their members. Whether based on shared interests, hobbies, or perceived social status, cliques provide a sense of camaraderie ...

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Navigating Transitions: Understanding the Effects of Relationship Stability on Children of Military Personnel standard

For children of military personnel, life often involves a unique set of challenges and transitions. From frequent moves to deployments and separations, military families navigate a dynamic and often unpredictable lifestyle that can have profound effects on children’s well-being, particularly when it comes to the stability of their relationships. Let’s explore the impacts of relationship stability on children of military families and the strategies for supporting their emotional resilience in the face of adversity. Relationship stability plays a critical role in shaping children’s emotional development and sense of security. For children of military personnel, the transient nature of military life can disrupt the continuity of relationships, whether with parents, siblings, extended family, or peers. Frequent relocations and separations due to ...

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Locker Room Bullying image

High school locker room bullying has been a “tradition” for many, many years and is usually referred to as hazing which has also led to many tragedies on college campuses across the country in the fraternity and sorority systems. Whether bullying or hazing takes place in high school or at college it is totally unacceptable and has ruined many lives. According to one recent study three in five students in college experience some form of hazing and an alarming forty seven percent of students in high school sports experience bullying before entering college. Student athletes who receive hazing often suffer physical injuries hampering their ability to perform. These incidents are often mentally and emotionally harmful as well. The challenge goes ...

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A few thoughts image

As we head into 2023 here are some thoughts- There is a trend right now in American schools where administrators are buying and installing extremely expensive alarm systems in an attempt to curtail active school violence events. That is merely a reaction to a festering issue that should be addressed first, bullying. Administrators should be proactive so that acts of violence can be reduced or even stopped before tragedies occur on campus. Being proactive is the best way to stop the violence from within. Alarms systems have merit when outsiders enter a campus however the majority of school violence comes from bullied students on campus that did not get the help they needed. Bullied students become chronically absent students that ...

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Anonymous Bullying Reporting is a Sure Bet image

Anyone that knows me well knows that I only bet on a sure thing. Not terribly long ago I was speaking with a high school Principal with an enrollment of just over 800. She assured me in every phone call and email that her school was virtually bully free and that student harassment was not an issue on her campus. I asked how many bullying incidents were being reported each month and she laughed and said they had fewer than 10 reports the entire school year. Finally, after several weeks, I was able to convince the Principal to move forward and they became BRIM Anti-Bullying members. To get the Principal to move forward I said I would bet her that ...

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Stability, Credibility & Longevity for Anonymous Reporting image

As school shooting tragedies continue to escalate, we have seen an uptick in inquiries for BRIM Anti-Bullying Software. These inquiries open conversational opportunities with school administrators who share their anti-bullying shopping experiences with us at BRIM which are both encouraging and frightening at the same time. Several of our “competitors” in the space are new companies that have been in business for less than a year. Their products are little more than glorified spreadsheets that do not allow for anonymous reporting or the uploading of photo / video evidence of bullying incidents. This inspired us to look back at the top 10 anti-bully software companies from our survey from 5 years ago. In just 5 short years there are only ...

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How can BRIM Anti-Bullying Software help prevent or win lawsuits? image

We live in a very litigious society in this day and age, and a very expensive one. The national average charge per hour for an attorney is $275. Good representation can be much more expensive in some areas with charges well over $500 per hour. Protracted lawsuits can take many months and sometimes years to complete all while incurring huge financial and emotional costs. It’s always best not to have a lawsuit to begin with…… Unless there’s a “paper trail” showing what action your school has taken in response to a bullying incident, it’s as if your school didn’t take any action at all. BRIM changes this. When you report an incident in BRIM, you can also report exactly what ...

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Surprising Findings from School District Anonymous Reporting Study image

At BRIM Anti-Bullying Software, we recently completed a random audit of one hundred high school and middle school web sites across the country that had links for parents and students either to get information on bullying or to report bullying incidents. The result of our audit is shocking. Almost 30% of the links were broken or non-functional with some directing the inquiry to companies that have gone out of business. Administrators that allow this to happen to should be fired for gross negligence. At BRIM Anti-Bullying Software, we check for administrative activity on our platform to ensure school and student utilization. One school web site had a link that actually launched a virus! How does this happen? Thank goodness for ...

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Most Common Reasons Behind Bullying image

Students are bullied for a number of reasons, which include but are not limited to race, religion, popularity, intelligence, vulnerability, isolation, physical characteristics, economic circumstances, disabilities and success.  Some people argue that changing behaviors and appearances to mitigate bullying is the answer in reducing incidents; however the real answer is identifying, reporting and changing the behavior of the bully. The BRIM Anti-Bullying Software Application is a game changer in safe anonymous reporting. Actions need to have consequences and without reporting, bullying situations tend to get worse; they don’t magically get better without intervention. The good news, BRIM can be implemented daily for less than the cost of a cup of coffee…       Although often over looked, successful students get targeted for ...

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Anonymous Bullying Reporting Helps Students and Administrators image

BRIM Anti-Bullying Software has seen an extremely significant increase in the number of bullying incidents reported in December 2021 and in January 2022. At BRIM Anti-Bullying Software, we are also getting increased reports from bullied students directly reaching out to BRIM from schools that are not BRIM clients, which is heartbreaking. Middle and high school students so desperate for help they are searching the Internet to get someone to listen to them…… Not a single school day passes without BRIM staffers calling school administrators on behalf of these students’ plight. Many of the school’s we contact reply with highly questionable responses to the information we are sharing. Shockingly many school administrators are dismissive, uninterested and cannot seem to be bothered ...

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