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Posted: 2/16/2018

A new bullying prevention guide titled “Superheroes Wear Mom Jeans” cites research from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to empower parents of young children. The book’s message is that parent leadership can help children navigate bullying situations.

The guide was produced by Tangled Ball, an organization that provides high-quality information and resources for parents, parent groups, and schools to help families during the pre-K through elementary school years. “Superheroes Wear Mom Jeans” uses expert research, personal stories, and a sense of humor to help parents understand the complicated issue of bullying.

In addition to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, the guide cited research from Harvard, Yale, Committee for Children, the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention, and International Bullying Prevention Association.

“Superheroes Wear Mom Jeans” is available on Amazon and Kindle. It also includes discussion questions to be used in group conversations and workshops.

Posted: 12/15/2017

The viral video featuring Tennessee middle schooler Keaton Jones, as he tearfully recounts his experience with bullying, brings up a very important question: Why do they bully?

A recent article in Men’s Health magazine by Jack Crosbie attempted to answer that question by reaching out to bullying prevention organizations, including PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

Leaders who work in the field of bullying prevention agree that it is mainly about power.

“The number one dynamic about why kids do it is because they want to get some power back in their lives, or they want to just feel in control of the situation, or just have that feeling of power over other individuals,” Julie Hertzog, director of the National Bullying Prevention Center, told Men’s Health. And without proper guidance, the behavior can escalate.

“If the behavior goes unchecked or if there are no consequences for it, once a child steps over a line,” Hertzog said, “it’s easier to keep continuing to step beyond that line, especially if they’re getting some sort of additional confirmation or affirmation from their peers.”

The experts also agree, however, that peer intervention is key to preventing bullying. More than half – 57 percent – of bullying situations stop when a peer speaks up.

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