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“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.
"Spread the Word to End the Word" Day on March 5, 2014
PACER Center is proud to support Special Olympics and Best Buddies in celebrating "Spread the Word to End the Word" day which raises awareness about the hurtfulness of the r-word. PACER’s “Peer Advocacy” program offers resources to protect students with disabilities from being bullied.
Fashion Show Rewards PACER Teen
Students have the power to create change in their communities to prevent bullying, but they aren’t always recognized for their hard work. On February 24th, however, at the “Green Lights Against Bullying” fashion show in New York, one young woman will be recognized for her work to prevent bullying in her school, community, and around the country. Christina Wagner, co-chair of PACER’s Faces of Change student group, will be awarded a college scholarship in recognition of her amazing national efforts to help keep students safe from bullying.
Christina was chosen as the recipient of this award because of her incredible story of enduring and ultimately overcoming being bullied. One of the organizers of the event, Rick Galvin, said that they were all very moved by Christina’s story. “We respect Christina for overcoming it [bullying] and turning this negative into a positive and helping her peers. We knew we had to help so she can continue to grow and help others.” Christina writes, “This event couldn’t mean more to me. Thanks to PACER, I have finally taken my voice back, after being silenced for so long, and to be honored for that is truly amazing. I’m so grateful for the financial help with college, that means so much to me and my family. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of an amazing thing like bullying prevention. It’s truly inspiring to know how many people really do care.”
The event, hosted by Saboroma, will feature singer Meredith O’Connor performing her new song “Just the Thing” and includes a fashion show, silent auction, and live jazz band. Learn more about the event.
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center wishes to extend our congratulations to Christina for this honor and express our gratitude to Saboroma and Meredith O’Connor for their support of bullying prevention.
Hunter Hayes Sends a Message to Targets of Bullying from the Grammy
Music has the potential to send powerful messages, bring people together, and lift people up. Hunter Hayes did all of these things with the debut performance of his brand new single “Invisible” at the 2014 Grammy Awards. The song captures the emotions of bullied students who feel isolated and reminds them that they are not alone. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center wishes to applaud Hunter’s efforts in reaching out to targets of bullying, and to congratulate him on the release of a powerful new song. You can watch Hunter’s performance at the Grammys here.
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