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Posted: 5/11/2017

Tegna and Points of Light, the organizations who run National Make A Difference Day, recently presented the All-Star Award to the Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation. The foundation is a partner of PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center.

Based on the Loukoumi book series by Nick Katsoris, about a fluffy little lamb who wants to make the world a better place, the Loukoumi Foundation teaches children to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. Last October, more than 50,000 children nationwide did good deeds, including many projects involving bullying prevention. Children were encouraged to wear orange to recognize the day and the color of bullying prevention.

The Loukoumi Foundation also teamed up with PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center on its Make A Difference with Loukoumi TV special that aired on FOX stations nationwide. The special, which was hosted by celebrity chef Cat Cora, included a public service announcement for the National Bullying Prevention Center and PACER's Kids Against Bullying Pledge.

This year's National Make a Difference Day is October 28, 2017.

Posted: 4/26/2017

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center contributed an important article about cyberbullying to the Spring 2017 edition of Our Children, the National PTA Magazine. The article, written by NBPC Associate Bailey Lindgren, is titled “Helping Your Child Understand Cyberbullying” and explores what cyberbullying is and how to protect your child.

“The internet has become the new bathroom wall, a place where children post mean and inappropriate comments about their peers,” Lindgren writes. “Not just a few people within a school see them, but literally an audience of thousands now has access.”

Almost one in six students are reporting incidents happening online, and the Centers for Disease Control says 15.5 percent of high school students and 24 percent of middle school students were bullied in 2015.

Parents are encouraged to help their child define what cyberbullying is and communicate about online safety as soon as a child starts to interact online. NPBC shares some tips parents can use to start the conversation:

  • Discuss what is and isn’t appropriate information to share online. Explain that if something hurtful is shared online, it counts as cyberbullying.
  • Establish cyber rules. Create a code of conduct on which both parent and child can agree.
  • Strategize a plan to respond to cyberbullying. Emphasize saving all cyberbullying content and check with your child’s school to see if cyberbullying is included in its policy.
  • Encourage students to be a good bystander if they see cyberbullying. There are a variety of steps students can take, such as telling a trusted adult, not liking or sharing posts, or responding with positive support.

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center offers resources to help children and families address and prevent cyberbullying.

Posted: 3/22/2017

Young students at Kilgore Primary School (KPS) in Kilgore, Texas, are being introduced to the foundations of being a good friend as a first step to understand bullying behavior.

The focus on friendship began on Unity Day 2016, an initiative led by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center that organizes schools across the nation to address and prevent bullying. KPS counselor Gwen Black said, however, that pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first-grade students are too young to really understand what bullying is. What began on Unity Day has now evolved into a full year of recognizing kindness and what it means to be a good friend.

“We take [bullying] very seriously, but it could be just a little guy or girl and they don’t know yet how to be a friend and they’re learning their social skills,” Black told the Kilgore News Herald. “We continue bully awareness, but focus on friendship skills. We reiterate that we are choosing to be kind and caring and respectful to our friends at KPS.”

The students also wear orange - the color of Unity Day - to school the second Friday of each month.

Save the date for Unity Day 2017, which is Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Posted: 3/21/2017

Jonathan Lipnicki, who made his film debut in 1996 as Renee Zellweger’s six-year-old son in Jerry Maguire, has opened up about his personal experience with bullying. Lipnicki says he was bullied in middle school and high school in response to his early success.

But Lipnicki, now 26 years old, recently recognized that he has made more movies as an adult than he did as a child. Writing about his experience on Instagram on March 13, Lipnicki said, “I hope that sharing this can shed a little light in a positive way.”

In a follow-up interview with TooFab, Lipnicki revealed that he battled anxiety and depression as a result of the bullying. “All I've ever wanted to do my entire life is make movies,” Lipnicki said. “To be made fun of for the thing that you love and be told you're not going to be a success is hard.”

Lipnicki continues to address his anxiety with treatment and also plays basketball every day. He offered advice to others going through a similar experience: “You have to turn it into something. Whether it's arts, sports, or helping others. I think a lot of kids out there don't have a direction to go with that pain and they go inside of themselves and they suffer. It's horrible.”

Lipnicki starred in the 2016 film Loserville, the cast of which partnered with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and spoke out in support of National Bullying Prevention Month. Lipnicki is also served as a celebrity judge for NBPC’s Students with Solutions contest.

Posted: 3/2/2017

Congratulations to Eloise, who was recognized as a distinguished finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for her community service work. Eloise first connected with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center following her own experience with bullying. She interned with PACER in the summer of 2016, where she created “Ask Jamie,” an advice column that offers advice and support to teens about bullying. She continues to respond to the hundreds of students that write in with questions about bullying. Special thanks to Eloise for all of her continued work on this important issue!

Posted: 2/27/2017

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is supporting National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017, which takes place Sunday, February 26 through Saturday, March 4.

Spearheaded by the National Eating Disorders Association, the goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness (#NEDAwareness) Week is to shine the spotlight on eating disorders and put life-saving resources into the hands of those in need. This year’s theme is “It’s Time to Talk About It.”

NEDA is encouraging everyone to get screened for an eating disorder. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder and these illnesses often hide in plain sight. But recovery is possible and early intervention greatly improves the chances of success.

A three-minute screening, as well as additional resources, are available at www.nedawareness.org.

Posted: 2/9/2017

Clarisonic, the creator of the most recommended skin cleansing devices by U.S. dermatologists, was founded with the belief that healthy, beautiful-looking skin can help people be their most confident selves.

In an effort to help address bullying, Clarisonic has made a commitment to support PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center – encouraging young people to love the skin they’re in, and to be confident advocates for themselves and others.

“PACER has made an incredible impact on countless kids across the country and all of us at Clarisonic are thrilled to help support its remarkable bullying prevention programs,” said Dr. Robb Akridge, co-founder of Clarisonic.

Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center shared, “The support of Clarisonic is appreciated as it allows the opportunity to reach out to a broader audience with the important message of what all of us can do to help prevent bullying.”

The relationship between Clarisonic and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center will kick off with the Students with Solutions campaign in early 2017, which engages students to use art and writing to creatively think through ways to prevent bullying and be supportive of peers being bullied. In addition, the relationship will focus on other initiatives designed to educate and provide students with information and resources to build a culture defined by kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

Posted: 12/27/2016

Pop singer and songwriter Laura Michelle has released a tender and serene medley of “Silent Night” and “Hallelujah” for fans just before the holiday season. Proceeds from the sale of all downloads will go to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

The accompanying video for “Silent Night/Hallelujah” features personal photos of the singer taken throughout her childhood and closes with an image of her father, who died when she was 15 years old yet continues to influence her work. In less than a week, the video has amassed nearly 900,000 views.

Laura is glad to partner with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

“I spent time with an amazing group of high school students and the Los Angeles associate for PACER’s Bullying Prevention Center at a recent concert of mine, and it really reinforced the importance of what PACER does,” she said. “I fell in love with the service that PACER provides and want to support them in every way possible.”

“Silent Night/Hallelujah” delivers a message of inner strength, but with an intensity and somber earnest that is unlike her earlier work. The song is available on iTunes for $0.99.

For information about Laura Michelle, visit www.lauramichelle.com.

Posted: 12/15/2016

Riverview School in Silver Lake, Wisc., received a $1,000 mini-grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to install an outdoor buddy bench. The Buddy Bench was first introduced to the school in October 2015 as part of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month, according to an article on MyKenoshaCounty.com.

Students and faculty planned for the purchase of the Buddy Bench last November, developed an assembly for K-4 students, and planned anti-bullying activities throughout the school year.

Activities included spirit wear Friendship Fridays, a poster contest, all-school assembly on bullying prevention, a parent presentation on bullying prevention and a school-wide “Stand Up Against Bullying Pledge,” provided by PACER’s Kids Against Bullying website.

Posted: 12/6/2016

A recent article was posted on Direct2Dell, the official Dell corporate blog, detailing a cyberbullying workshop that Dell volunteers hosted at the ninth annual We Are Girls Conference in Austin, Texas. The article was written by Ami Kane, development director for Girls Empowerment Network of Austin (GENaustin), which hosted the conference. GEN has been a long-time partner in Dell’s Youth Learning program.

The workshop, titled “You’re Not Alone©: Unite Together Against Cyberbullying,” was run through a special partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

According to Kane, “When the workshop began, the facilitator, Wade Magnum, U.S. Small Business Finance Controller for Dell, asked the group of middle school girls, ‘How many of you have seen or experienced cyberbullying happen?’ Every hand in the room went up.”

Throughout the workshop, the girls discussed what to do when they see cyberbullying; practiced empathy for the bully, a skill which would help them identify and prevent potential bullying behaviors in themselves; and proposed three top solutions to deal with bullying together:

  • Don't give the bully an audience
  • Start anti-bullying group at school
  • Tell a trusted adult

At the end of the session, the girls pledged a few things that they would do to help with bullying prevention. Everyone in the group wrote it on a paper leaf and took turns placing it on a Unity Tree, one of NPBC’s most popular activities.

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