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Posted: 5/6/2014

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

Posted: 4/24/2014

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.”

You can read more here.

Spanish Translations

Posted: 3/5/2014

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

Posted: 3/4/2014

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

Posted: 2/14/2014

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.

Posted: 1/28/2014

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.

Posted: 1/28/2014

FlagHouse, Inc. – a premier global supplier of equipment and resources for physical education, sports, fitness and recreation, as well as special needs and special education – has announced a partnership with PACER Center in support of bullying prevention and awareness for all children including those with disabilities. Together the two organizations plan to help reduce and prevent bullying through a combination of educational materials, events, activities, and games, plus specially-designed equipment that fosters teamwork and encourages children to cooperate and play together. Learn more

Posted: 11/7/2013

PACER and Disney’s Friends for Change partnered to create a “Bullying Prevention Action Kit”, along with a poll for kids to pledge to address bullying in their local community. Learn more

Posted: 11/5/2013

Christina Wagner, co-chair of PACER’s Faces of Change student group, and Hayley Reardon, featured artist on www.pacer.org/bullying, both participated in Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s second bullying prevention summit on November 4. In front of a crowd of over 1,000 students, parents and educators, Christina, Hayley, and other high school students from around the country spoke about their experiences with bullying. The theme of the conference was “Mission Possible: Stepping Up the Response” and Christina encouraged her fellow students to use their power and leadership schools to help prevent bullying in their schools. Read more.

Posted: 10/25/2013

Spookley the Square Pumpkin, the official Spokes-Pumpkin of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, has been a hit in his book and movie, but did you know that he can also be found at farms all over the world? 120 farms in the US, Canada, England, and Ireland rely on Spookley to help them teach kids about agriculture and acceptance. Check out www.spookleyfarmprogram.com to find a participating farm in your area!

Read the article in Modern Farmer here.

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