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Hi all - I'm a high school math teacher, and I was bullied often in middle school, mostly because I cared more about success and my grades than being popular.  I remember coming home from school crying to my mom because someone wrote "For a good time, call (my phone number)" inside a bathroom stall - in the GIRL'S bathroom!  

With the help of some great teachers, my true friends, and family, I grew up to be proud of the person that I am, and to not let what other people say hurt me.  Music and theatre was my outlet and I found acceptance there.  Now I am married to an amazing man and have wonderful friends who love me for me - especially for my dorky and weird side!  

Just want to encourage anyone who feels bullied to TELL A TEACHER YOU TRUST AT SCHOOL!  I would hate to know that I could have helped one of my students in an awful situation and not have the opportunity - although we look for signs of bullying there is so much we don't see.

Alison, 24, RI

I CARE BECAUSE BULLYING IS NOT THE SOULTION TO ANYTHING ! ;D

Marbeel (:, 12, Gilbert, AZ

I have been bullied since kindergarden and im now in 9th grade ! Istill get bullied. I have been through everything! Hitting, yelled in my face, pushed in locker, and more! Bullies need to stop and think about wht they are doing. And now im off to school where i will get bullied again

Ashley, 15, MD

it's a big deal to people. beautiful lifes are taken because some kid thinks he's tough. Hey all bullies there's always some one bigger and badder.

Drew, 16, ATX

I know someone who took their life because of cyber-bullying. Someone anonymous kept telling him to kill himself, that no one would care; it got so intense that later that day, he went my the train tracks.. and let the train take his life. In that same week, another kid younger then him felt like no one cared about him and felt like his life was going nowhere, so he took his life. No one should feel alone. I wish I would have known both of them so I can show them that someone cares, I care. No one deserves to be bullied. NO ONE.

Katarina, 15, Indiana

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PACER PARTNERS WITH THE MAKERS OF EPIDUO GEL AND HIT RECORDING ARTISTS TO HELP BANISH BULLYING

Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Music is a powerful force, and this summer teens and young adults across the country have a unique opportunity to turn their personal experience into a musical rallying cry against bullying. PACER is partnering with Galderma Laboratories, L.P., the makers of Epiduo® Gel, for the “Band Together to Banish Bullying” campaign, which encourages individuals who have been affected by bullying, or who want to speak out against it, to share artwork, photos, videos, or brief stories about their bullying experiences. This inspirational content will be used for an original song that will serve as the bullying prevention anthem, to be written, produced and performed by renowned producer Clinton Sparks and hit recording artists The Mowgli’s and Kylie Morgan. Learn more about how to participate.

NEW! PACER’s We Will Generation: Students Leading the Bullying Prevention Movement

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014

Nearly 60% of bullying situations end when a peer intervenes. This powerful statistic shows the important influence peers can have. Imagine the power of student-to-student engagement in which students are educated, inspired, and supported to take positive action to help their peers.

PACER’s We Will Generation is designed to educate, support, and empower students to create inclusive communities within their schools. Based on a model of peer-to-peer education, the We Will Generation activates older students to educate younger students about bullying and what they can do to prevent it. With everything from short activities to a multi-lesson curriculum, this program has something to help every student, teacher, group, and community get involved to prevent bullying.

This innovative, engaging program acknowledges the social power students already possess and encourages them to use it to help their peers. The most effective bullying prevention will come from students themselves – and PACER’s We Will Generation will ensure that students are educated, inspired, and supported to take action.

Find out more.

Cyberbullying is real — here’s help

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Columnist Joe Nathan recently published the article, “Cyberbullying is real — here’s help.” Julie Hertzog, director of the PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is quoted in the article with advice for parents.

She suggested that in thinking about cyberbullying, parents think about how they prepare youngsters to go to a mall or shopping center. First of all, have a conversation. Don’t just “send them off, whether it’s to the mall or to the cyber world found on a phone or computer.” Secondly, agree on some rules. For example, if there’s a problem, let the parent know. Don’t just keep problems to yourself. And third, “Have an awareness of what your child is doing in the cyber-world.” PACER has many helpful resources including a booklet, “Cyberbullying: What Parents Can Do,” sponsored by Century Link. The booklet is here.

Read the full article online.

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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.