The Unity Awards: Recognize someone who has gone above and beyond to prevent bullying
Bullying is an issue that no child should ever have to endure. Fortunately, there are people who care and take action to make our communities, schools and the web kinder, more accepting places.PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center Unity Awards will honor and celebrate students and community members who have gone above and beyond to help address bullying.
Deadline extended to Friday, May 8th - send in your nomination now!
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.
PACER Partners with Verizon & Minnesota Vikings on Bullying Prevention
The Minnesota Vikings have teamed with Verizon and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to offer “Viktor’s Quest to S.T.O.P. Bullying,’ a bullying prevention program for Twin Cities elementary schools during the 2014-2015 school year that includes free school assemblies. Verizon is partnering with PACER on hosting accompanying educational workshops for parents and educators on bullying prevention. PACER received a HopeLine® from Verizon grant as part of the company’s commitment to building healthy relationships in the Twin Cities area. Learn more>>>
View the “Vikings Launch Stop Bullying Campaign” video>>>
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:
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.
In seventh grade I thought that life was great and that the world was fine but that slowly changed. At first the year was great and I had tons of friends and was even considered one of the "popular" girls. Then one day everything changed. Out of no where all of my "friends stopped talking to me and I didn't know what I did wrong so I kept hanging out with them. One day we were all sitting at lunch and they started picking on me, insulting my clothing and how i looked, so I got up and left. I thought my "best" friend would follow me but she just sat there and laughed with the rest of them. I felt really alone but pretended that it didn't effect me. I stopped going to lunch and would just sit in the library at that time, then I stopped eating all together. One day my "best" friend walked up to me and asked what was wrong and when i told her that I didn't want to talk to her anymore she said she and her friends were going to jump me after school. I had to call my mom during class and ask her to come pick me up because i was so scared. They didn't jump me but everyday they would push me in the hall and slam me into lockers, even knocking my books down the stairs. My mom went to the principle and stuff but they didn't do anything so my mom pulled me out and i now go to school online
Hallee, 15, Unknown
I care because,every single person is effected by thing problem, we all have been bullied and are the bully even if we don't know it. Saying "I'm not a bully so I'm preventing bulling" is a lie and a easy excuse to avoid the problem. We can stand together to change but we need to be willing to work together because together we are stronger,
Shannon, 14, Illinois
Bullying is a crucial thing in the world and it needs to be stopped. I strongly believe that if everyone helps out to stop this major issue, we can make a difference! So everyone who ever sees bullying, prevent it by bully proofing! Stand up to him/ her, and make a difference!!!! :)
Katherine, 12, NY
I am active in my school with a program called the buddy program. the buddy program at my middle school has the eighth graders helping and mentoring the 5/7th graders. the eighth graders are called the big buddies and the littler kids are called the little buddies. I am so excited for the fall so I can get started. working with them and helping to make my school a better place. For most of the little buddies you are one of their only friends so you need to be there for them. once I herd that you could sign up right now me and 2 of my closest friends said that when we got out of class we were going to the office to sign up.
BECAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
maddy, 13, maine
Bullying is NEVER okay anywhere! Not even cyberbullying, sexual harassment, physical and verbal bullying, public humiliation, and many others. I might be able to stand uo to end bullying in many places around the world. I can change what's happening in my school.
New data indicate the first significant decrease in school-based bullying since the federal government began collecting that data in 2005, suggesting that efforts at the federal, state and local levels to prevent bullying may be paying off. According to new data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the reported prevalence of bullying among students ages 12 to 18 dropped to 22 percent after remaining stubbornly around 28 percent for the past decade.
"As schools become safer, students are better able to thrive academically and socially," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "The Department, along with our federal partners and others, has been deeply involved in the fight against bullying in our nation's schools. Even though we've come a long way over the past few years in educating the public about the health and educational impacts that bullying can have on students, we still have more work to do to ensure the safety of our nation's children." Learn more>>>
Ryan Serhant Cleans His Closet for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Ryan Serhant, successful real estate broker and star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York, is hosting a fundraising campaign for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Ryan has donated 14 designer menswear items directly from his closet to Twice, an online consignment service. All sales through May 16, 2015, from the Ryan Serhant featured store will benefit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.
“Growing up as a theatre kid, I met bullies first hand, and I know how damaging the act of bullying can be to kids growing up,” said Ryan in a recent Facebook post. “I can’t even imagine what it’s like for kids now with social media. No one should be scared to go to school. So if you have time, go to Twice and buy the clothes from my closet! All proceeds go to PACER.” Learn more>>>
The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD) has released its new white paper, Violence, Abuse and Bullying Affecting People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: A Call to Action for the Criminal Justice Community. The paper features a section from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center on “Bullying and Students with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.” Register to access the paper at the Arc website.
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.