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Bullying research available online
Two boys bullying another
Schools and teachers can share anti-bullying strategies online
Pupils, parents and teachers are being given access to academic research on bullying on the internet.

A new question and answer facility is being introduced on a website run by the Anti-Bullying Network.

The organisation, which is funded by the Scottish Executive, said the information was "too important" to be kept within the academic world.

The network is also holding a national conference in Glasgow on Tuesday.

It will examine the links between academic research and how the problem of bullying is tackled in the country's schools.

The Anti-Bullying Network, which is based at Edinburgh University, was created to give teachers, parents and young people the chance to share ideas about how bullying should be tackled.

Share strategies

It provides a telephone information line, distributes newsletters to schools and organises conferences across the country.

The network also runs its own website, which last year introduced a database which allows schools and teachers to share anti-bullying strategies online.

The network's director, Professor Pamela Munn, is due to launch the new question and answer section of the website at the conference on Tuesday.

Parents, teachers and young people are the only ones who can make a real difference to the way bullying in schools is tackled
Andrew Mellor
Anti-Bullying Network
She said: "It is important to make knowledge from research easy to find and understand.

"This resource is part of the University of Edinburgh's commitment to increase accessibility to research.

"It will provide information which will guide policy and practice in schools and help students and parents who are struggling with bullying problems to understand the complexity of the issues involved."

Anti-Bullying Network manager Andrew Mellor said the research is "too important" to be kept in the academic world.

"Parents, teachers and young people are the only ones who can make a real difference to the way bullying in schools is tackled," he said.

"They need to have direct access to the findings of relevant research so that they can decide which strategies should be applied in which circumstances."


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BBC Scotland's Aileen Clarke
"The website offers a new solution"



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