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Posted: 11/16/2016

Believe in yourself and all you want to be. Don’t let what anybody else says or does make you frown. Laugh as much as possible. Let in the good times and get through the bad. Be happy with who you are and where you are.

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Choose your type

Posted: 11/7/2016

When it comes to making a difference in the world, you can be a fire type, a water type, or a gas type.

Matt Hogan is the Head Instructor at Master Khechen's Martial Arts Academy – Buffalo, and he is the founder of The Only Direction and MoveMe Quotes. He wants to inspire the community to act.

Excerpt from Matt’s post on The Only Direction:

In order to avoid a conflict, either verbally or physically, I’ll shut down, close my mouth and try and separate myself from the situation as fast as possible. There have been times when I have chosen to remain silent about things that I believed to be wrong, unjust, or hurtful. I was the bystander; the watcher; the one who becomes the gas for the fire.

Choose to stand up for what you believe in – be an upstander.

The answer, of course, is to do your best to always act as an upstander; a person who recognizes that something is wrong and acts to make it right. When you fail to act to make something right in some way, shape, or form – you’re the gas. Intentions and good thoughts don’t count. And the second you choose to be an upstander you change your state from being a gas to becoming water. Just like that.

Learn more about the three key actions we can take to become rock solid upstanders.

By: Anonymous

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Mom, music teacher creates bullying prevention song

Posted: 11/1/2016

“Stop That! A Bullying Prevention Anthem” was written by Annie Lynn and Chris Arms as a response to bullying experienced by Chris’ daughter and Annie’s son Alex and his friends nine years ago. Alex was just 11 years old with Asperger’s when he was the target of bullying. But when the boy who bullied Alex began targeting an 8-year-old boy with autism on the school bus, Alex turned around and told the boy, “Stop it!”

During this time, Annie had been attending workshops about best practices in bullying prevention, and was using the online resources available from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “I had so many talking points stuck in my head, and so much frustration and sadness for my child and all the others who were being bullied,” Annie said. “I ended up writing a few songs about bullying prevention and tolerance and acceptance. Most of my songs have the word ‘kindness’ in them because, to me, success anywhere starts with kindness. It’ll beat negativity every time.”

Annie, who was working as a volunteer with the music teacher in her son’s school district, gathered a group of other children who had been bullied, including Alex, and recorded “Stop That! A Bullying Prevention Anthem.” Annie has received positive responses to the song from around the world, demonstrating the fact that bullying is a global issue. She and Chris have now made the song available to PACER. “I want to be a part of the important work PACER has been and is doing,” Annie said. “I have followed PACER and its advice for years and years, in distant admiration.” She also noted that Alex is now a sophomore in college and is “doing well.”

By: Annie

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Inspiration Through Music

Posted: 10/28/2016

This music immediately spoke to me and I knew instantly what the song would be about. I wrote the song in 20 minutes. It was obvious to me this upbeat track would be about my experience growing up feeling like a misfit and being bullied.

All through my school years, I felt very different given my height (I’m a little over 6’1” today) and my blond hair. We’re talking about a town where a petite brunette with curly locks and a bit of a tan is more the norm. As years went on, I didn’t know how to navigate the nastiness thrown at me so I shut down and didn’t rebel nor voice my uneasiness. I didn’t know how to be like everyone else. I realize now of course, it’s a good thing, to be different. But back then, it tore me apart, or at least I let it tear me apart. If my story and my song can give just a little bit of hope to a kid in despair, I would be the proudest person on Earth.

By: MarieLine

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On a Mission to Stop Bullying

Posted: 10/26/2016

I was bullied in elementary school because I was short and different. Kids would tease me, call me names, and spread rumors about me. I told the teachers what was going on but nothing was being done and the bullying just got worse. I started to come home from school crying and sometimes I would be crying when my parents dropped me off at school. So, I told my parents what was going on, they did something about it, and things got better for me. I want people to know that they're not alone and that things will get better and that they should never keep bullying a secret. No one deserves to be bullied. After experiencing being bullied I am taking a stand against bullying. I am on a mission to stop bullying.

By: Morgan

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Are You Ready for a Bully Boogie Challenge?

Posted: 10/25/2016

Do you know how to be a friend or how to prevent bullying? Can you describe bullying and other hurtful behaviors? The right answers could get you all the way to the finish line in The Bully Boogie Challenge Board Game. This family game, created by South African student Ryan Prithraj and his father, explores bullying from all angles with players gaining and losing spaces in a Chutes & Ladders format.

Ryan created this game as a college student with the aim of helping children learn the effects of bullying as well as the core concepts. Ryan himself suffered bullying throughout his school career and has never forgotten it. Because of his experience, he wanted players to get a feeling of the consequences of bullying as they maneuver their way through friendly and bullying behaviors to reach the Finish Line.

The game has already sold thousands of units since its debut last December and has received an endorsement from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education as a tool that “equips schools and teachers with a foundation which can go a long way in creating awareness about bullying.”

By: PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center

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The Lifelong Effects of Bullying: An Open Letter

Posted: 10/18/2016

Dear Girls I Will Never Forget,

You may not remember me, but I recall you vividly. I was the overweight girl from a broken home in your neighborhood, at your school, and in your classes. I was the outcast. It is said that students who bully tend to try to control those with less power. If that is true, then I was the perfect target for your hurtful behavior. I would like to invite you into my life back then.

You began teasing me about my weight around age eight. This was the type of teasing many people still refer to as “harmless.” It is this kind of teasing most children unfortunately have endured at some time in their lives. I remember being 11 years old, not wanting to leave the house because your gang of girls would be waiting. Do you remember the day one of your fathers parked his truck in front of my house, with four of you in the back yelling out obscenities? Or how about the day you took chalk and wrote ”FAT” on the sidewalk in front of my house in bold letters. I remember this well. This is permanently etched into my memory.

What did I do in my life to provoke such torment? Absolutely nothing. And how did I respond to such cruelty? Absolutely nothing. Why didn’t I defend myself? Because I was overwhelmed.

Here is what you do not know about my personal life. I was abused and my household was in constant turmoil. I had no one in whom I could trust or confide in. As a refuge and sense of comfort, I turned to food to fill the emptiness. This was to be my demise. It became a vicious cycle where the more I was abused, the more I ate. No place was safe for me.

In 7th grade, I transferred into another junior high school as the district became aware of the bullying. There was a student who bullied me at this new school; yet without back-up, she left me alone. As the years went by, the abuse became less frequent. We entered into the same high school; you became cheerleaders, and I turned to drugs. My home life had become worse. I turned to anything in order to fill the emptiness inside.

I am now 46 years old and still struggle with my self-image and relationship with food. Those tapes still play in my head, voices taunting me over my appearance. And yet, I have become a survivor. Those voices have become dimmer and do not have the same effect they did when I was a child. I AM a survivor.

I would like to let you know why I have chosen to write this letter 35 years later. I want you to know the impact your behavior had in my life. I am a mother of 4 amazing, polite, kind, and compassionate children. My hope is that you are raising your kids to be kind. Maybe after reading this, you will teach your own children the impact bullying can have on an individual. If your children are being bullied, advocate for them. Love them and help them to see the value of their lives. I wish you no harm and forgive you for your painful childhood actions.

By: Anonymous

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Preventing Cyberbullying

Posted: 10/14/2016

My name is Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. and I am a NYS licensed psychologist and forensic consultant. My dream is to one day encourage all American schools to make internet safety and cyberbullying prevention compulsory in their educational curriculums. Although we live in the Information Age, cyberbullying continues to grow at an alarming pace. Many parents, educators and pediatric professionals fail to realize the devastation that cyberbullying can cause a child experiencing cyberbullying. Prior to the Information Age, the child could leave the school or playground to seek sanctuary. Not so with cyberbullying. The child is cyberbullied 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. To share my passion, I will be presenting at the Colorado Psychological Association (CPA) conference this November. As part of my keynote presentation and full-day training, cyberbullying prevention will be a central theme. Part of my resources include free images, slide shows and information for educational purposes. I hope my work can educate parents and teachers about cyberbullying. For more information, visit my internet safety website, iPredator.

By: Michael Nuccitelli

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Stop Bullying Walkathon

Posted: 9/27/2016

Port Monmouth School in Middletown, NJ decided to kick off the school year and National Bullying Prevention Month in October with a walkathon. They often hold walkathons for things like school spirit and various causes they think are important and want to draw kid's attention to. "In the community of Port Monmouth, which is pretty small, it got a lot of attention for the positive message and how happy the kids are participating. It seems to have evoked quite a bit of school and community pride."

By: Anonymous

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National Make a Difference with Loukoumi Day on October 22

Posted: 9/23/2016

The Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation and PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center are joining forces once again on National Make A Difference with Loukoumi Day October 22. The Loukoumi Foundation teaches children to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others and on October 22, over 50,000 children nationwide will participate by doing good deeds including many projects involving bullying prevention. Children are encouraged to orange to recognize the day and the color of bullying prevention

The Loukoumi Foundation also teamed up with PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center on its Make A Difference with Loukoumi TV special that aired on FOX stations nationwide. The special included a Public Service announcement for the National Bullying Prevention Center. Celebrity Chef and TV star Cat Cora also gives kids tips from the National Bullying Prevention Center. At the end of the segment she leads kids in PACER's Kids Against Bullying Pledge.

The end of bullying begins with you. Let's all make a difference with Loukoumi on October 22.

Download the flyer for ideas on how you can make a difference with Loukoumi.

Visit the website at Loukoumi Foundation.

By: Anonymous

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