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Is Creating a Kinder and Braver Online World an Uphill Battle?

Raul A. Palacios, Ed.S. Born This Way Foundation and University of Nebraska – Lincoln In 2015, a CNN article reported that teen’s spend around nine hours per day on their social media accounts, with some teens checking their accounts over … Continue reading

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The Science Of Play: Mattel And Zomby Gaga

I just returned from Mattel Headquarters in Los Angeles where Born This Way Foundation convened their first in-person Research Advisory Board meeting. Our research advisory board members are a diverse group of Ph.D.-level researchers from across the United States and Canada. Not … Continue reading

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HEAR Anti-bullying Workshops and SWPBIS: Supporting Positive Behavior in Schools

The time that school professionals spend teaching children is valuable. So many work every day to promote positive academic and social-emotional outcomes for all children. In return, they anticipate that children are motivated to fully engage in every opportunity to learn and … Continue reading

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HEAR, HEAR! Data Support Pilot Middle School Bullying Prevention Presentation

Recent data from a pilot implementation of the HEAR for Middle Schools program provided staff with promising results. Developed and implemented through an ongoing collaboration between Career Training Concepts and researchers at The Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the 5th annual BRNET Think Tank

The Bullying Research Network and Boston University’s Social Adjustment and Bullying Prevention Laboratory co-hosted the 5th annual Bullying Research Network Think Tank on June 9-10th, 2015. It was great to connect with our diverse group of BRNET members! Please read … Continue reading

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H.E.A.R. partnerships promote Guard training, bullying prevention

Staff from UNL’s Empowerment Initiative, in collaboration with Career Training Concepts and the Making Caring Common (MCC) project, will conduct in a June 2-3 “train the trainers” bullying workshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Workshop participants include 44 National Guard members, representing … Continue reading

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Empowerment Initiative hosts #TextTalkAct event May 7

“I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never,” Rowling said in the interview. “What’s to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that.” —J.K. … Continue reading

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Swearer publishes ‘Born This Way’ article for Huffington Post

This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post. There has been growing attention lately, from politicians and the media, on charities founded by celebrities that spend more time talking about doing good works than actually doing them. Born This Way … Continue reading

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A Year in Review

As 2014 comes to a close, we at The Empowerment Initiative would like to thank our supporters and partners for helping us move the needle in translational research by bringing our research findings to teachers, parents, students and adults who work with … Continue reading

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Bullying is “Out of Bounds”

At the Empowerment Initiative, we’re constantly seeking new opportunities to inform the public about the many causes, consequences and forms of bullying. For this reason, I’m especially excited about upcoming performances of “Out of Bounds,” a Working Group Theatre play … Continue reading

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