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CPI unveils all 31 interviews with bullying prevention leaders
Each day in October, Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) unveiled an insightful interview with a vigorous voice in the bullying prevention community, including Julie Hertzog, National Bullying Prevention Center director. Now that National Bullying Prevention Month is over, all 31 interviews are available to help schools, communities and individuals put an end to this painful issue. Read more>>>
Students pledge to join the WE WILL Generation
In celebration of Unity Day on October 22, students at Bailey Intermediate of North Lamar, Texas, pledged to join The WE WILL Generation to stand up against bullying. Leading up to Unity Day, each fourth and fifth grader drew a hand and arm with a positive response to bullying, such as “I WILL raise people up, NOT down.” Students created posters about acceptance and kindness, which were hung around campus, and nurses sold orange bracelets. On Unity Day, students wore orange and participated in a “MIX IT UP” challenge by sitting with someone new at lunch. Learn more>>>
Join Your Favorite Disney Stars and Stand Up Against Bullying
On Unity Day, Oct. 22, Disney’s Playlist blog encouraged followers to join their favorite Disney stars in standing up against bullying. Disney Channel and Radio Disney stars created videos sharing their experiences with bullies, including Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Sabrina Carpenter, and songwriting brothers Kyle and Kade. Learn more>>>
Fourth Grade Flash Mob Raises Awareness for Unity Day to Stop Bullying
The New City School in St. Louis, Mo., teamed up with St. Louis Arc Community Integration Services to learn and perform a flash mob on the playground, raising awareness for Unity Day, on Oct. 22. The students had a great time sending an orange message of support against bullying. Learn more>>>
Awash in Kindness: Liberty Elementary puts positive spin on National Bullying Prevention Month
By Tammy L. Lane, Special to KyForward
At Liberty Elementary in Lexington, Ky., students participated in a variety of activities for National Bullying Prevention Month in October and Unity Day on Oct. 22. Throughout the month, students pasted compliments on an “Anti-Bullying Wall of Kindness,” a huge 6-paneled display in the school’s main foyer. Additionally, classes created visual art for large windows, teachers led themed lessons on bullying prevention, and students wore orange on Unity Day.
Binding it all together was the book “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin,” which each student read or heard. Using PACER’s Spookley Digital Teacher Toolkit, the school created a Spookley Storybook Trail in the gym that featured nine stations where students reviewed an excerpt from the book and learned about citizenship, understanding, responsibility, self-esteem, self-discipline, loyalty, justice, compassion and respect. Read more>>>
Schools warned on legalities of bullying
By Jane Meredith Adams of EdSource
PACER’s Executive Director Paula F. Goldberg is quoted in an article on EdSource about the recent guidance issued to schools reminding them of their legal responsibility to stop such bullying of children with disabilities or risk violating federal anti-discrimination laws. “The vulnerability of kids with disabilities — a child with Asperger’s, a child who’s deaf, a child with a learning disability” — puts them at increased risk of harm, said Goldberg. “We have to teach kids to respect all kids,” she said. “We have to have kindness.” Read more>>>
Facebook, Instagram and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center Partner 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. National Bullying Prevention Month, which is held annually during October, was founded by PACER in 2006 as a time for communities nationwide to unite and raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities and education. Downloads of the guide are available here >>>.
Finally, signs that crusaders against bullying are getting the upper hand
By Debra-Lynn B. Hook of McClatchy-Tribune News Service
National Bullying Prevention Center Director Julie Hertzog is quoted in a Ledger-Enquirer article about the increasing awareness around bullying prevention and resulting changes in bullying reporting at schools. “The awareness is out there in a way it wasn’t before,” said Hertzog. “We’ve reframed the way people are thinking about bullying. We no longer say, ‘Oh, that’s just kids being kids.’ Now we understand the impact — everything from not wanting to go to school, to feeling unsafe, to anxiety and depression, to self-harm.” Read more>>>
U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance on Bullying of Students with Disabilities
As part of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated — including against America’s 6.5 million students with disabilities.
The Department issued guidance in the form of a letter to educators detailing public schools’ responsibilities. If a student with a disability is being bullied, federal law requires schools to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate the issue and, as necessary, take steps to stop the bullying and prevent it from recurring. Learn more>>>
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