Bullying can be an isolating experience not just for the kids involved, but for their parents, too. Fortunately, there is help. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center offers “Helping Your Child” to guide parents to address bullying situations, including those involving students with disabilities.
The word “bullying” often conjures up an image of a schoolyard scene, with a big, intimidating student towering over a small, cowering child. That’s just one face of bullying — and of children who bully. Another face of a bully might be … that of your child. Surprised? Many parents are. Often they have no idea that their child is harassing other children. Yet knowing the facts — and acting to change the situation — is vitally important in making the future safer for your child and all children.
A visual, age appropriate 14-page guide with easy to understand information. The guide provides the basics for talking with students about what bullying is and isn’t, the roles of students, and tips on what students can do to address bullying situations.
Facebook, Instagram and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center partner to create a new guide for parents
In recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month, Facebook and Instagram partnered with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to create the guide, “Safety in the Online Community: A conversation with your 13-year-old about Facebook and Instagram” to help parents talk with their teens about using Facebook and Instagram. The guide covers setting up a new account, safety tips, and commonly asked questions. The guide is also accompanied by discussion points for talking with your child and how to respond to harassing content.
Want to know what to do when your child is being bullied?
Read PACER’s most recent blog post on Babble.com, the highly acclaimed online magazine and blog network published by the Walt Disney Company for parents.
It began with complaints of a stomachache, followed by headaches and sore throats and other excuses about not feeling well. Although Amy wasn’t sure why, before long it became obvious that her 10-year-old daughter, Sarah, did not want to go to school.
Activities for Youth
This newly updated section offers free activities and resources designed for younger students. The goal is to start conversation and creatively engage students to build their understanding of how to prevent bullying.
Story telling is a powerful way to share messages, encourage discussion and inspire thoughtful action.
Spanish translations are now available for the following informational handouts:
Video: Everybody Come On (It’s On Us) by Keenan West + Secret Mean Stinks
Video: Hold On by Charissa Hogeland
Video: Broken by Anna Richey
We Will Generation
Resources designed to encourage student to student conversation.
Designed for schools and other organizations to leverage resources, at no cost and easily accessible on-line, to encourage students to educate, inspire and support each other to address bullying and create kinder and safer schools.
I think I am being bullied people who I once called friends are no longer my friends for months now they are always teasing me stealing my things calling me names glaring at me throwing things at me making jokes about me behind my back and purposley trying to get a reaction off me (they even said that they were to my face) I tried telling them I dont like it and they just laughed and said that they wouldnt care if it was them and that sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Well they hurt me I try to stay away from them but they follow me. However I am so greatful for my best friend because she is being bullied by them to so I know I will always have someone there for me who I know cares
Louise, 13, Wales
It's really hard for me to talk about my feelings but I'll try because I used to be there. I've been bullied for six years. I've done things because of that and now I'm trying to change. I started to cutting, hitting, killing my emotions, and suddenly things began to lose meaning then I've tried to kill myself three times. I was so close to death, and I didn't care because I was died inside. People said me I was fat, obese, stupid, useless and sometimes they tried even to punch me. I was so scared to go to school, I feared my classmates and their words. I used to be afraid. Now I'm stronger, even because I'm thinner and older but it's hard to be like the other ones, it changed my life so much and nobody cared. Nobody seems understand. Now I'm trying to be a better person, I'm pretty hard worker at school... I wanna make my future. Remember, no matter what you've been or what you feel inside, bullying isn't the way. Bullying won't make you stronger or coolest, bullying is for losers. Never forget, you can made a life.
Sorry for my bad English,
I've just tried to share my experience. I actually care.
Valentina, 17, Italy
i was bullied but having my friends really helped.
peri, 11, london ontario
As an ongoing bullying victim no one should have to suffer like I do. I have a hearing problem and people hate me for it. But bullying victims out there like me you are not alone and justice will come for you one day.
Luke, 17, Georgia
I've been bullied. Well, I'm still being bullied. It hurts. To hear all the things that they think about you, just for they're amusement. There's nothing I could do. I used to sit there and cry, and hope that it would all stop. It hasn't. I support anyone who's been bullied, or who's being bullied. It's a tragic thing. People kill themselves for that. It hurts to see someone being hurt. It hurts to be hurt, for doing nothing. Innocent people are targets.
No one likes being bullied. Bullies, do it for fun. They do it for their own amusement. People talk behind my back, pretend to be my friend, make fun of me. There's no one I can talk to, except the guidance couselor. She doesn't help.
To help students learn how to prevent bullying in their communities, Duck® brand is partnering with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to spread the word with its “Stick Together™” program.
Through this unique awareness-building initiative, Duck® brand will share a positive message with students about taking a stand against bullying. Duck® brand will be hitting the road with its custom, bright green, 31-foot Duck® Bus for its annual “Rolls Across America” Tour, which will visit 25 schools from August through November, reaching approximately 10,000 students along the way.
Duck® brand has also launched a limited edition “Stick Together Against Bullying” print tape and will be donating 10 cents from the purchase of each roll with a maximum donation of $20,000 to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Learn more>>>
PACER releases powerful ‘Turn a Life Around’ video
Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Bullying knocks down thousands of kids every day, but when one person stands with them, they are not alone. In this powerful new video by PACERâ€™s National Bullying Prevention Center, students can learn how to make a difference in the life of someone who is being bullied through simple actions such as acknowledging them, talking to them, and accepting them. Watch the video>>>
Paying it Forward
Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
When Matthew Messer of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., saw a young teen being pressured by his peers, he stepped in to help the boy make the right decision. What Matthew didn’t know is that his kind actions were being filmed by the popular TV series, “What Would You Do,” which uses actors and hidden cameras to find out what people will do when they are put face to face with some of life’s most difficult dilemmas.
Since the show aired on ABC on June 12, Matthew has been praised for his compassion. Now, he is paying it forward by holding an online fundraiser for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. His company, Sunrise Solar Solutions LLC, is matching all donations up to $2,500!
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is excited to announce our new partnership with SurveyMonkey Contribute and a new way for anyone to give their support! Sign up and you will receive surveys by e-mail from SurveyMonkey customers who need your opinion. For every survey you take, SurveyMonkey will donate $0.50 to PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, and you'll get a chance to win $100 in an instant-win game.
All About Bullies . . . Big And Small
A CD for young children, and winner of a Grammy for Best Children’s Album, All About Bullies … Big and Small is a collection of music, poetry and storytelling designed to put an interesting and heartfelt twist on bullying prevention, so that young learners can identify with the topic in an age appropriate manner. The artists all generously contributed their time and talents. 100% of the profit proceeds are donated to PACER’s Kids Against Bullying initiatives.