E-wareness: Anti-Bullying

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ANTI-BULLYING

(November 2015)

 

Campaign Coordinator: Brenda Bradford

 

BRENDA’S MESSAGE:

Bullying. It’s a word that has been in the news way too often nowadays. But what is bullying? According to the American Psychological Association, “bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words, or more subtle actions.” Some examples of bullying include hitting, kicking, shoving and other physical kinds of bullying; taunting, teasing, name-calling; spreading rumors about others; excluding or ignoring others in a mean way; taking money or other belongings; and sending mean e-mails, texts or notes.

One in six American schoolchildren reports being bullied verbally, physically and online, two to three times a month or more, many for more than a year. Too often, this bullying has tragic consequences. In recent years, a series of bullying-related suicides in the US and across the globe have drawn attention to the connection between bullying and suicide. Though too many adults still see bullying as “just part of being a kid,” it is a serious problem that leads to many negative effects for victims.

This month’s E-wareness Campaign will shed light on the bullying problem, help us recognize and combat bullying, and provide resources to help prevent bullying in the first place, but also to help victims heal and thrive when bullying happens.

 

LINKS TO IMPORTANT ONLINE INFORMATION:

If you read only one piece of the information we share, please read:

http://www.stopbullying.gov

Facts About Bullying:

http://get.smarter.com/qa/education/known-school-bullying-cb785ef010bc26b7?ad=semD&an=msn_s&am=broad&o=35338

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/08/02/study-boston-area-teens-suggests-cyberbullying-rise/R4fQNCY13o4mrpe41dwagI/story.html

http://www.bullyingstatistics.org

https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/bullying

 

Resources To Help Prevent Bullying:

http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2010/04/bullying.aspx

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/bullying.aspx

http://www.apa.org/research/action/bullying.aspx

https://www.fosi.org/good-digital-parenting/talk-kids-bullying/

 

How Bullying Relates to Suicide:

http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/bullying-suicide-translation-final-a.pdf

http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/bullying-and-suicide.html

 

Tips For Dealing With Bullies:

http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/problems/bullies.html

http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/bullies.html

 

When Your Child Is A Bully:

http://www.pacer.org/parent/php/PHP-c109.pdf

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/going-to-school/social/what-to-do-when-your-child-is-a-bully/

https://www.care.com/a/gulp-what-to-do-when-your-child-is-the-bully-1108170408

https://www.parentmap.com/article/is-your-child-a-bully

 

Cyberbullying:

http://www.apa.org/topics/bullying/online.aspx

http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/index.html

http://stopcyberbullying.org

http://cyberbullying.org

 

GUEST SPEAKER/VIDEOS/ARTICLES:

What’s the Story with School Bullying?

Guest: J. Richard Knapp

J. Richard Knapp is a seasoned educator, author of books for kids and young adults, and CEO and Founder of Stop-Bullies.com.

If the embedded video does not work, please click here to view it on YouTube.

What is Bullying?

This short video produced by the U.S. Department of Education explores bullying through the eyes of students and parents who face the painful effects of bullying.

If the embedded video does not work, please click here to view it on YouTube.

 

To share with the children in our lives:

Back-to-school season evokes the sheen of pristine white sneakers and squeaky clean lockers. But for many students, back to school also means back to bullying.

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/back-to-school/la-me-edu-anti-bullying-video-to-show-your-kid-before-school-starts-20150810-htmlstory.html

 

STOP BULLYING: SPEAK UP A Cartoon Network Special

Watch kids share their stories as they talk about the effects of bullying in their own lives.

http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/responsive/stop-bullying/video.html?clip=stop-bullying-speak-up-special-clip

 

FOR THE FUTURE:

If your child is a victim of bullying, try helping him with the following strategies:

  • Listen carefully to your child’s reports of being bullied. Be sympathetic and take the problem seriously. Be careful not to overreact or under-react.
  • Do not blame the victim. When a child finally works up the courage to report bullying, it isn’t appropriate to criticize him for causing it or not handling the situation correctly. For example, don’t ask, “Well, what did you do to bring it on?”
  • Realize that, for a child who is being bullied, home is his refuge. Expect him to have some difficult times in dealing with victimization. Get professional help if you think your child needs it.
  • Encourage your child to keep talking to you. Spend extra time with him. Provide constant support and encouragement, and tell him that you love him often!

If you see someone being bullied:

  • SPEAK UP. If it feels safe, defend the person being bullied.
  • Offer support. You can make a big difference just by showing you care.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

  • 121HELP.ME

855-201-2121

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

www.121help.me

  • Bullying UK (UK only)


0808-800-2222

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

http://www.bullying.co.uk

  • Crisis Call Center


800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

http://crisiscallcenter.org/crisisservices.html

  • CyberTipline

800-843-5678

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

http://www.cybertipline.com

  • Kids Helpline (Australia only)

1800-55-1800

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

http://www.kidshelp.com.au

  • Kids Help Phone (Canada only)

800-668-6868

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

http://www.kidshelpphone.ca

  • National Suicide Hotline

800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

800-442-HOPE (4673)

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

http://www.hopeline.com

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-TALK (8255)

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

  • Thursday’s Child National Youth Advocacy Hotline


800-USA-KIDS (800-872-5437)

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

http://www.thursdayschild.org

  • The Trevor Lifeline (U.S. only)

866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386)

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

http://www.thetrevorproject.org

 

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1 response to E-wareness: Anti-Bullying

  1. I’m glad bullying is being dealt with on a national platform. Its a serious problem, one that should not continue.

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