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Helping Your Child if Your Child is Experiencing Bullying
The latest issue of Camp Navigator, an online magazine for campers, parents, and families, featured an article on PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “Helping Your Child If Your Child is Experiencing Bullying,” outlines steps parents can take to create an action plan to help their child and includes a list of resources parents can use to notify the school, talk to their child, and protect their child from cyberbullying. The story begins on page 26. Read more>>>
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center joins Andrew WK, Moby, and Pharrell to Celebrate ‘Dancing Man’ in Los Angeles
On Saturday, May 23, hundreds of bullying prevention supporters came out to Hollywood’s Avalon nightclub to celebrate Sean O’Brien, an Englishman who became an overnight media sensation and unlikely hero after he was cyberbullied on 4chan for dancing in public.
Bailey Lindgren of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center joined the likes of Monica Lewinski, Moby, and Pharell in sending messages of support and hope to the audience. The new all-positive social media app Güdly presented a $30,000 check to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and other nonprofit organizations. Learn more>>>
10 things we know about bullying
By Kelly Wallace, CNN
According to the U.S. Department of Education, bullying among students ages 12-18 is at a record low, down from 28 percent to 22 percent. But CNN reporter Kelly Wallace would like to see bullying banished completely.
In this article on CNN.com, Wallace interviews Susan Swearer and Shelley Hymel, co-authors of the comprehensive review of bullying research (PDF), which was published in a special issue of American Psychologist, the official journal of the American Psychological Association. Swearer and Hymel share 10 interesting facts about bullying that they’ve learned after 40 years of researching the topic. They also share their ideas for reducing bullying among kids. Learn more>>>
New Data Show a Decline in School-based Bullying
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
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>>>
Violence, Abuse and Bullying Affecting People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: A Call to Action for the Criminal Justice Community
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.
Did You Know? Check out these interesting facts about bullying!
Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you — right? Wrong! There are many misconceptions when it comes to bullying and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is seeking to shed light on them through its Did You Know? webpages on KidsAgainstBullying.com and TeensAgainstBullying.com. Each page features interesting facts about bullying that you may have never heard before, plus ideas about how to prevent bullying in your school or community.
Pep Rally at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC, on Friday, October 23, 2015
It is amazing what can happen when one person stands up for another. BULLYING STOPS more than half of the time ( 57% ) when peers intervene on behalf of the bullied student! It is for this profound reason, we are making a difference and saving lives by teaching youth how to take action and not be bystanders.
Free quality books with positive messages, promoting self-esteem and character building will be provided. The books feature forwards from celebrities who are top in their fields: Ten-Time Grammy Award Winner Bobby McFerrin, Chart-Topping Hip-Hop Artist Big Sean and NFL's #1 Kicker Justin Tucker.
WPGC 95.5 FM (CBS Radio) will broadcast live from the event. The day will be packed with inspirational music, highly motivational and fun educational activities that participants can bring back to their schools and communities to implement. Students will have opportunities to shine by demonstrating and sharing their superpowers both as a community and individually.
Surprise celebrity guests in entertainment, sports and national leaders will be announced soon. Stay tuned. Learn more>>>
Infuse Body Positivity into the Online Community During the Proud2Bme 5 Day Challenge
On Monday, April 27, 2015, Proud2Bme is launching the 5 Day Photo Challenge, a new and exciting social media campaign. The goal of the 5 Day Photo Challenge is to infuse body positivity into the online community and help make a difference in the way we see ourselves and others. You can participate by taking a photo every day of the challenge and using the hashtag #Proud2Bme5Day:
- 4/27: No-filter selfie: Let your unfiltered beauty shine through in a selfie.
- 4/28: Pass it forward: Write “It’s a beautiful day because of you” on a piece of paper, take a photo with the compliment, tag a few friends, and challenge them to pass it along.
- 4/29: Outfit you feel most confident in: Take a photo wearing the outfit that brings out the very best in you.
- 4/30: Post your passion: Share a photo of you hiking, dancing, reading, bicycling, in your favorite yoga position, or doing any hobby you’re passionate about!
- 5/1: Role model: Post a picture with or of someone who inspires you — someone who makes you Proud2Bme!
The Proud2BMe 5 Day Challenge starts next week! Learn more>>>
Registration Now Open for “Violence in the Lives of People with Disabilities: Emerging Issues and Solutions for 2015 and Beyond”
Attend the free webinar, April 30, 1:30 — 3:30 EST, sponsored by The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD) which will include PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center presenting on the topic of “responding to bullying of students with disabilities.”
This webinar will address other emerging issues in the field with a panel of experts and advocates covering topics like:
- Using trauma-informed care principles when working with victims with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD)
- Assisting crime victims with complex communication needs
- Supporting victims with specific types of disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)
- Supporting people with disabilities in speaking out against violence
Webinar participants will be the first to obtain NCCJ’s white paper on the topic of violence, abuse, and bullying which delves even deeper into the issues addressed on the webinar. Join us for this thought-provoking and empowering webinar, and find out how you can reduce violence in the lives of people with disabilities. Learn more and register >>>
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