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 have a little sister, I never knew what bullying really was until she began middle school, most likely the toughest time of her life. I began to notice she was acting distant from her friends down the street, and that everytime we would leave the house, they would stick their tounges out at her and call her names. She began to stay alone in her room a lot and after a while I noticed scars on her wrists. This worried me a lot, I told my step mom and one more person. We then thought it was just for attention and backed off from it for a while to see if it progressed. After a month or 2 we are in my car, and she rolled up her sleeve saying she was hot, I just happened to notice that the scars were on both arms now, and deeper cuts. I asked her if there was anything she wanted to talk to me about and she said no, but it felt like she was screaming yes. One day she finally came up to me and told me girls at school were calling her fat, and ugly and she was really hurt and thought about taking her own life, (hense the cuts) but she realized that life was not about making people happy, its about makin yourself happy. I am so proud to call her my little sis. I AM 100% AGAINST BULLYING!
Shelby , 19, Mo
My Name Is Rina, I have been bullied all my life, it started out as kids from the neighborhood, than Kindergarten Through grade 7. Grade 7 was the hardest time for me because I would be called names and anybody who was my *friend* would turn on me. It eventually got so bad that I was in a state of depression and thought of suicide, My family didn't see any changes because I would hide my fear away from them. I suffer now from a strange anxiety, I fear trusting people because I am scared that they will turn on me... This Comment is getting harder, and harder to wright because the further I go on... the more memories flood my head,
I feel that I need to break loose and show the world that I am not scared to stand up and fight for myself... Thank you Demi <3 you are my Hero.!
Rina, 13, C
This is to anyone who's ever felt bullied. Please don't worry about who loves you and who doesn't. The best thing you can do is to love yourself. Loving your self is one of the greatest things in life. Once you do that you will find your self happier. Don't worry if you are different from anyone else. Just think of your self as unique and one of a kind which is priceless. Don't worry about being black, white, yellow, brown, straight, gay, bi, etc. No one came into this world with a label, so why go thru life with a label. We all are one of a kind so live your life the way you see fit. You owe your life to no one but yourself. Free yourself to be yourself. Life is too short so be happy and love yourself.
Anonymous, 30, Anonymous
well it is second quarter at my school, and the year is breezing past easly but there is one thing i don't like in my school.there are about 3 to 4 kids that have autisum in my school. they act a little diffrent than the other kids, like today 2 of them were passing by the band room and one of the kids reacted to the noise by shaking and covering his ears. i know that kids with autisum can react to noise diffrently than us. well this bully who was in my class started laghing at him and at least the rest of the class but me started laghing at him, too.
i felt so bad for him, what can i do to help this stop and make my school welcoming to all kids
Lizzy, 13, United States
I was bullied once , they used to call me fag and gay and make me feel less than my ownself.Until now,some the people in school and even my friends sometimes call me names and as much as i dont want to care ,it's still penetrate and hurt me deep inside . once i sleep in a toilet for a whole night in my hostel because im too afraid of being bullied but now i stand up proud and im liking whoi am.nobody can stop me ,im the vice headboy in my school,i win a double national debate championship and a public speaking national champion.Though theres still few of them who's trying to insult me and let me down just because im not like the any other guys.i dont really care at all cause in the end im the one who's going to stand in my own way . Being different is the best part of me , i want bullying to STOP ! cause i know how bad it hurts .
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.