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Awash in Kindness: Liberty Elementary puts positive spin on National Bullying Prevention Month
By Tammy L. Lane, Special to KyForward
At Liberty Elementary in Lexington, Ky., students participated in a variety of activities for National Bullying Prevention Month in October and Unity Day on Oct. 22. Throughout the month, students pasted compliments on an “Anti-Bullying Wall of Kindness,” a huge 6-paneled display in the school’s main foyer. Additionally, classes created visual art for large windows, teachers led themed lessons on bullying prevention, and students wore orange on Unity Day.
Binding it all together was the book “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin,” which each student read or heard. Using PACER’s Spookley Digital Teacher Toolkit, the school created a Spookley Storybook Trail in the gym that featured nine stations where students reviewed an excerpt from the book and learned about citizenship, understanding, responsibility, self-esteem, self-discipline, loyalty, justice, compassion and respect. Read more>>>
Schools warned on legalities of bullying
By Jane Meredith Adams of EdSource
PACER’s Executive Director Paula F. Goldberg is quoted in an article on EdSource about the recent guidance issued to schools reminding them of their legal responsibility to stop such bullying of children with disabilities or risk violating federal anti-discrimination laws. “The vulnerability of kids with disabilities — a child with Asperger’s, a child who’s deaf, a child with a learning disability” — puts them at increased risk of harm, said Goldberg. “We have to teach kids to respect all kids,” she said. “We have to have kindness.” Read more>>>
Facebook, Instagram and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center Partner Create a New Guide for Parents
In recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month, Facebook and Instagram partnered with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to create the guide, “Safety in the Online Community: A conversation with your 13-year-old about Facebook and Instagram” to help parents talk with their teens about using Facebook and Instagram. The guide covers setting up a new account, safety tips, and commonly asked questions. The guide is also accompanied by discussion points for talking with your child and how to respond to harassing content. National Bullying Prevention Month, which is held annually during October, was founded by PACER in 2006 as a time for communities nationwide to unite and raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities and education. Downloads of the guide are available here >>>.
Finally, signs that crusaders against bullying are getting the upper hand
By Debra-Lynn B. Hook of McClatchy-Tribune News Service
National Bullying Prevention Center Director Julie Hertzog is quoted in a Ledger-Enquirer article about the increasing awareness around bullying prevention and resulting changes in bullying reporting at schools. “The awareness is out there in a way it wasn’t before,” said Hertzog. “We’ve reframed the way people are thinking about bullying. We no longer say, ‘Oh, that’s just kids being kids.’ Now we understand the impact — everything from not wanting to go to school, to feeling unsafe, to anxiety and depression, to self-harm.” Read more>>>
U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance on Bullying of Students with Disabilities
As part of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated — including against America’s 6.5 million students with disabilities.
The Department issued guidance in the form of a letter to educators detailing public schools’ responsibilities. If a student with a disability is being bullied, federal law requires schools to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate the issue and, as necessary, take steps to stop the bullying and prevent it from recurring. Learn more>>>
Students, community members take a stand against bullying as part of Unity Day
By Kim McGuire, Star Tribune
If it seems like you're seeing orange everywhere you go today, there’s a reason: Unity Day. Started just three years ago by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, Unity Day has become a national movement in which everyone is encouraged to wear orange and support local anti-bullying efforts. And it’s not just students. Expect to see more orange if you’re driving over the I-35W bridge tonight. The I-35W bridge will again be lit orange at sunset in observance of Unity Day. Read more>>>
PACER & Twigtale Partner On Customizable Book To Help Young Children Understand And Prevent Bullying
In support of Unity Day, and in partnership with Babble.com, PACER is working with the experts at Twigtale to create a customizable book to prevent bullying. The book helps young children understand how to be a good friend and how to assert oneself when not being treated respectfully. A leading child development expert scripted the easy-to-use template, available on Twigtale.com. You simply add photos and details to create the book personalized to your child. A portion of proceeds will be donated to PACER!
Use Code: PACER15% — for 15% off the book
Borrowed Brains: Q&A with Julie Hertzog, founder of National Bullying Prevention Month
Posted on Communities in Schools by Dan Cardinali
Communities in Schools interviewed Julie Hertzog for its October “Borrowed Brains” blog post. In this Q&A, Julie shares her reasons for becoming involved in bullying prevention efforts and gives a brief history and overview of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and National Bullying Prevention Month. She also shares a peer advocacy success story and stresses the importance of reminding students they are not alone and that someone cares about them. Read more>>>
Minnesota television stations speak up against bullying
In Duluth, Minn., KBJR 6, Range 11, and KDLH 3 have created a new “Speak Up. Speak Out.” segment to encourage the community to take a stand against bullying. Throughout the year, reporter Kevin Jacobsen will explore the societal problem of bullying, the measures being taken by schools to prevent it and raise awareness, efforts by communities and lawmakers to curb the problem, and what community members can do to take a stand against bullying. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is included on a list of resources and tools to prevent bullying. Learn more>>>
Loukoumi Bullying Prevention TV Special
On Saturday and Sunday, October 18-19, on FOX, NBC and ABC stations across the country will be showing the Make a Difference with Loukoumi National TV Special. This special will include a segment on Bullying Prevention that features tips from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and the animated cartoon of the award winning book, “Loukoumi and The Schoolyard Bully” narrated by Nia Vardalos, Morgan Freeman as the schoolyard bully, and the character voices of Olympia Dukakis, Gloria Gaynor, John Aniston, Frank Dicopoulos, Constantine Maroulis and Alexis Christoforous as the voice of Loukoumi. Other segments will encourage kids to do good deeds in their community and following their dreams. To find out when Make a Different with Loukoumi will be playing in your community, visit www.loukoumi.com.
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