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PACER PARTNERS WITH THE MAKERS OF EPIDUO GEL AND HIT RECORDING ARTISTS TO HELP BANISH BULLYING
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
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.
Cyberbullying is real — here’s help
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.
“Imagine” - a Powerful New PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center Video
Imagine what it’s like to face bullying on a daily basis - at school, on the bus, and on your phone. Imagine trying to go about your life while being bombarded with negative messages. This powerful new PACER video, created by Periscope, a creative agency in Minneapolis with the mission “do things people love”, brings that experience to life - and lets viewers know what they can do to help.
Watch this powerful new film, by producer Seth Shapiro. At birth, Matt was given a 5% chance of survival, and at the age of 17, not only has he survived but he has become an inspiration for an entire community.
Matt encourages everyone to support the National Bullying Prevention Center. He believes all kids should be given the opportunities that he’s been able to take advantage of, regardless of the challenges they face. Matt wants all kids to be empowered and included and not bullied. Sign up at Matt, The Film website or to honor Matt and the film donate directly on PACER’s website.
Stand Up for Tourette Syndrome
The National Tourette Syndrome Association released a powerful video inviting students to “Stand Up for Tourette Syndrome” by making an effort to get to know their classmates with disabilities. In this video, Luke, a student with Tourette Syndrome, is encouraged by his friends to speak up to a group of students that has been bullying him. Luke and his friends explain Tourette Syndrome to the group and the other students come to realize that the way they treated Luke wasn’t ok. Watch the video and learn more here.
PACER Featured in BuzzFeed Quiz
BuzzFeed.com was founded in 2006 and has since grown into a global media and technology company providing social news and entertainment. One of the site’s signature features is light-hearted personality and entertainment quizzes with results you can share on social media. They recently created a quiz called “What Should You Do With Your Next $5?” which matches users with a non-profit organization that fit their interests. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center was featured as one of these organizations, for “natural born leaders.” You can take the quiz here.
Centers for Disease Control Release Definition of Bullying
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Education (ED), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) partnered with bullying experts to develop a uniform definition of bullying for research and surveillance. In January 2014, CDC and ED released the definition listed below:
Bullying is any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths who are not siblings or current dating partners that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. Bullying may inflict harm or distress on the targeted youth including physical, psychological, social, or educational harm. More>>>
Safe and Supportive Schools Act will protect students and help educators prevent bullying
Governor Mark Dayton signed the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act into law on April 9, 2014. Now, the important collaboration between students, educators, administrators, and parents begins as schools develop safer learning environments for every child in the state.
Julie Hertzog, Director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, said, “Bullying has negatively impacted too many students for too long. Now that this law is in place, educators will have resources to address the behavior and students and families will know that they have the right to be safe at school.”
Spanish translations are now available for the following informational handouts:
Notificando a los Administradores Escolares de Inquietudes Sobre el Hostigamiento
(Notifying School Administrators of Harassment Concerns)
Ten steps for a parent to take in reporting bullying to school
Notificando a la Escuela Acerca de un Incidente de Bullying Mediante el Uso de una Carta – Formulario
(Notifying the School About a Bullying Incident - Using a Template Letter)
Guides for parents when writing a letter to their child’s school. These letters contain standard language and “fill in the blank” spaces so the letter can be customized for the child’s situation.
Plan de Acción Para el Estudiante en Contra del Bullying and ¡Tu Plan de Acción en Contra del Bullying!
Your Action Plan Against Bullying!
A student action plan is an opportunity for students – either on their own or with their parents and teachers – to develop a strategy to prevent the bullying that is happening to them or someone else.
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