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Bully Prevention Blog!

Pictures, articles and books about BULLYING and KINDNESS  (and tornadoes) appear below. Please feel free to comment on any of them!  You may write about a time when you or a friend were bullied and how you solved the problem. You may also write about tornado activity, which is also a subject of the book, BUSTER THE BULLY. Post your comments on the “Contact us” page of this website.

OCTOBER, 2018

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When you hear or see the above letters, what do you think about?

What if you thought KIND KIDS “KLUB”?

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There are no dues and no sign-ups to become a member!

Kids (or people of all ages) are welcome to join.

                    All it takes is a smile & a promise to do or say                                                                                                                                                                                   something kind  to someone everyday!                                                                                                                                                                                             Spread kindness wherever you go!

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How to take action, anti-bullying film festival, a student-led campaign guide and tips on how to stop bullying.

WHAT IS THE URGENCY?

Over the last year, schools throughout the US have experienced a frightening increase in bullying and acts of hate. Each year, schools across the US participate in bullying prevention activities during the month of October. This year, when hate is on the rise, our greatest challenge is to stop bullying and hate and move toward welcoming, identity safe, and inclusive places.

The largest portion of hate incidents in the post-election period occured in K-12 schools and college campuses according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Incidents like these are being reported across the U.S.: swastikas on walls, African American students threatened with nooses, Heil Hitler salutes at sporting events, young people chanting “Build a Wall, you’re getting deported” as they point to Latino students.

Immigrant, Black, Jewish, Muslim, and LGBTQ students continue to be targets of relentless harassment and bullying. We can make a difference in transforming school environments into safe and inviting communities for all students.

TAKE ACTION NOW:

1. Check out the Anti-Bullying Film Festival and support an open discussion on ways to promote inclusion and stand up to hate.

www.niot.org/blog/october-bullying-prevention-month-2018

SEPTEMBER, 2018

Leia Pierce with her son Jamel Myles, 9.    Myles took his own life on Thursday, August 23.    (Photo courtesy of Leia Pierce via Facebook)                                                                                        

The school year opened with  a tragedy at  Shoemaker Elementary School.  Counselors and teachers are helping students deal with this  sad, unfortunatehappening, which his mother states was caused by bullying.

AUGUST, 2018

Welcome back to School! The poster below appeared in the 50’s.  The message is as clear today as it was then.  America is made up     of kids from different countries, different races, religions, etc.   Stand up for them; don’t let them be bullied!

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JULY, 2018

School will be starting in another month across the country.                Check out the website below for film previews and clips about               “BULLY”, produced  in 2014.  Find out how Alex and 5 others stopped the bullying that happened to them in middle school.  Parents, teachers, religious and organizational leaders will all                  help you combat bullying.  It’s ok, it’s safe to tell a trusted adult!

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“BULLY”  http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/videos/coming-to-independent-lens-bully/

 

 

 

7 Bullying Intervention Tips for Families

1. Increase Communication
2. Monitor Behavior
3. Facilitate Positive Social Experiences
4. Promote Responsible Online Behavior
5. Talk about Bullying
6. Be a Role Model
7. Be Involved at School
For more information about the above, checkout:

APRIL, 2018

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HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY! There’s no fooling or kidding about bullying.  It continues to occur at alarming rates in the U.S. and around the world.   Passover and Easter are two religious holidays this month that emphasize kindness and responsibilities to others.

Grace Byers was a child when she was tormented for being different, for having deaf parents.  Kids often called her weird and ostracized her and even physically abused her.  As an adult, she has written a book, I AM ENOUGH.  Her first line is, “Like the sun, I’m here to shine.”

MARCH, 2018

A Denver author and friend, Anne Nye West and I teamed up to present our books at the Colorado Book Festival at the Denver Public Library on Saturday, March 3, 2018.  Over 100 Colorado authors were featured.

Product Details

WHERE’S MY FOOTBALL is a lift-the-flap book for toddlers, written and illustrated by Mairead Nye when she was 12., and published by her grandmother, Ann Nye West.

This fun, entertaining book tells the story of a little boys search for his lost football. Inspired by Maireads little brother, Johnny, the book is designed so children can lift the flaps, and as their parents read the story to them, follow along with Johnny as he searches his house for his football. The book is especially appropriate for encouraging little boys to read, and teaches valuable lessons of perseverance and self-reliance. WHERES MY FOOTBALL? has earned three literary awards: Creative Child Magazines Best Board Book of the Year, the Moonbeam Childrens Book Awards bronze medal for Best Book by an Author Under the Age of 18, and an EVVY Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association.

FEBRUARY, 2018  

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PARKER, Colo. (CBS4) – A Colorado teenager, Alec Ybarra, takes on bullying in the new film “Unmarked” with a unique take on the age-old problem at school by telling his own story as actor, writer, and director of the project he started at the age of 12 and will premiere in March almost two years after he came up with the concept.  Go to: denver.cbslocal.com/2018/02/20/unmarked-colorado-film-bullying.

JANUARY, 2018

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Happy New Year!

Let’s hope that there is less bullying in 2018 than in any past year.  If you’re being bullied, remember that it is safe and smart to tell a trusted adult, your parents, your teachers, your counselor, your religious leader or in a really serious case, the police.  Most schools have a bully prevention program

DECEMBER, 2017

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For information about autistic kids who are bullied, check out the

         AUTISM ANTI-BULLYING GUIDE

Autism Anti-Bullying Guide

The guide features the latest facts and statistics, expert tips, and national resources to help combat bullying in the autism community. Unfortunately, those with special needs are particularly vulnerable to being bullied.  

The Guide includes facts and statistics, effects on bullying on children with autism, expert tips, and national resources.

December 5, 2017

WONDERKIND

This school year, there are opportunities to win extra special 
prizes, rewards and experiences
 for your 3rd – 6th grade students as they explore how to Choose Kind.

Check out:    www.wonderkindclassroom.com

The website, wonderkindclassroom.com,  above includes a curriculum for 3rd-6th graders, contests, ideas,  activities and more.  Tips for more kindness in  classrooms!  

NOVEMBER,2017

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November 27 is Cyber Monday, a day known for internet shopping deals.  It’s also a day to take care that your credit cards are safe and secure.  Take care that you are not bullied online.  Check out www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/monica-lewinsky-bullying-prevention for advice, films and suggestions for bully prevention.  You can use the emojis above when you correspond online.

OCTOBER, 2017

October is National Bully Prevention Month!  

National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

October, 2017

Check out:   https://www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com/cerebral-palsy/living/bullying/

 

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Counselor talking to group of elementary age students
Mid adult African American man is counselor or teacher in public elementary school. He is sitting in circle with diverse group of children and laughing while discussing issues. Children are learning about bullying.

SEPTEMBER, 2017

Unfortunately, bullying is still alive and well all over the globe.

Father Makes Heartbreaking Plea After Special Needs Son Endures Horrific Bullying.

My heart is in pieces right now…my soul feels like it’s ripping from my chest…this beautiful young man my son Jackson has to endure a constant barrage of derogatory comments and ignorance like I’ve never witnessed. He is called ugly and freak and monster on a daily basis by his peers at school. He talks about suicide…he’s not quite 8! He says he has no friends and everyone hates him. Kids throw rocks at him and push him shouting these horrific words…please please..

A New Way to Reduce Playground Bullying

A new mentorship program uses fiction to teach children’s rights, and to help kids understand and prevent bullying.

For some teachers, back-to-school excitement comes with jitters over how best to address new curriculum mandates. And for many parents, there are other worries, including concerns about their children’s social interactions and fears of playground bullying.

As a researcher in children’s literature, I have developed a literary mentorship program that tackles both of these challenges. Read for Your Rights! uses children’s fiction to engage young children on the concepts of rights and responsibility, and with the content of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

The program also aims to reduce bullying at school. And preliminary data from a pilot at a Chilliwack elementary school in British Columbia during 2017 shows success.

Participating teachers observed fewer instances of negative social behaviour after their students participated in Read for Your Rights! They also observed scenarios in which an altercation broke out and children made specific references to the program in attempts to elicit better treatment of one another.

Can you imagine hearing the words: “Remember to ‘Choose Kind’!” or “We’re like the Bully Blockers!” ring out over the playground? That’s what happened in Chilliwack after the children participated in the program.

Teaching rights and responsibilities

In B.C., teachers are wondering how to meet new requirements to cover human rights within social studies lessons. Teachers are now expected to teach treaties such as the UNCRC beginning in Kindergarten. But how can such a complex legal document be made accessible for the youngest learners when even adults find it nebulous?

September, 2017

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stopbullying.gov          How To Help Your Child With Cyberbullying
As a parent, you do your best to take care of your children. While you want to let them learn
from their mistakes and avoid having “thin skin,” there are times when you need to step in and
protect them.
Bullying is definitely one of those times. People who are repeatedly bullied can have mental
health issues later on in life, never mind the pain and suffering they endure right now. But as the
world embraces technology, bullying has evolved to the online world. There’s a good chance
your children have already experienced cyberbullying, but what is it exactly?
How Cyberbullying Is Different
First of all, what counts as bullying? Although some teasing or foolishness can probably be
disregarded, the Cyberbullying Resource Center explains there are elements to look for:
● It has to be done on purpose.
● It has to either happen several times or be a tremendous single event.
● The target must have been hurt in some way.
That’s what makes it bullying. What makes cyberbullying different? Stopbullying.gov explains
three ways this is different from traditional bullying:
1. It can happen at any time of day or night, not just at school.
2. Harmful words and slander can spread literally across the globe.
3. It’s almost impossible to find and delete all harassing images and posts once it spreads
on the internet.
In other words, this is bullying done through computers and phones. Even if there is no physical
violence, cyberbullying can hurt a lot.
Online Safety Tips
Any kind of bullying is destructive, and you want to protect your kids from it. That means you
need to teach your kids about online safety. Safekids.com has a great set of rules you should go
over with your children when they are starting to use the internet, even though tablets or
phones. Some rules for your kids include:
● Do not give out the address, phone number, or place of business for anyone in the
family.
● Talk to parents as soon as anyone makes them feel uncomfortable.
● Don’t respond to any negative messages, as that’s often what bullies want.

● Never agree to meet someone they’ve met online.
You should also make sure any technology used by your kids has the proper antivirus and
malware protections. Many cyberbullies use viruses or spy software to steal personal
information from their victims, so these front-line defenses are crucial.
Creating A Supportive Environment At Home
Helping protect your kids from cyberbullying requires more than just good rules and protective
apps. You also need to create the right environment at home.
Redfin has a great page talking about how stress and fatigue can cause many physical and
mental problems. If your home is cluttered, chaotic, or prone to arguments, this can stress out
your children. And when they are stressed, they are more likely to make a big mistake online
like anger a bully or agree to meet a “friend” for some fun.
Then how can you create the right home environment? There are several ways:
● Talk to your kids often, encouraging them to speak to you about any problems they’re
having in school or online.
● Practice how your kids should respond if they get a bullying text or email.
● Give them authentic praise so they are confident and secure in themselves.
Cyberbullying Is A Real Problem
Because it’s easy to be anonymous online, cyberbullying is a growing problem for kids. Worse,
it can happen at any time. Thankfully, there are ways you can help. Talk to your kids and set
some sensible rules. Encourage them to communicate with you about bullying, and take steps
to create a relaxing, supportive environment at home. While you cannot always be there for your kids, you can help.

The above article was submitted by Laura Pearson. She believes that every student has great potential and aims to help as many as possible unlock it. Ms. Pearson and Edutude strive to find unique, creative ways for parents and educators to encourage students to be challenged, motivated and excited by learning.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2014). Cyberbullying Identification, Prevention, and Response. Cyberbullying Research Center
(www.cyberbullying.us).    Stopbullying.gov.   SAFEKIDS.COM.                       A healthy home is a Happy Home. Written by         October 7, 2016

August, 2017

It's Day 3 of #NationalSevereWeatherPreparednessWeek, and while you might have thoughts of snow on your mind, we want to talk to you about the deadly nature of tornadoes. Q: What should you do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER a #supercell #thunderstorm or a #tornado strikes your community? Please take a moment to watch these short #YouTube #videos and share them with your social network -- your tweet or post could save a life, including your own! Before a Tornado: http://youtu.be/uE66ganofF0 During a Tornado: http://youtu.be/_5TiTfuvotc After a Tornado: http://youtu.be/UQ94ESZulA8 For a primer on Tornado Safety 101, please visit: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html (Photo: #NOAA #NSSl #Vortex2 Project.) #amazing #nature #funnel #cloud #storm #BeAForce #BePrepared #GetWeatherReady #WeatherReadyNation #NWS #NOAAResearch #sciencesaveslives #weather

Check out the amazing video about tornadoes from National Geographic.  (Adults may want to view this video before sharing it with young children.)

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July, 2017

Check out and read:       https://www.drugrehab.com/guides/bullying/                                               a new educational guide about bullying and substance abuse.

June, 2017

With tornado activity at an all-time high, it seems like Mother Nature is bullying our landscapes, buildings and people.  Be careful, take precautions and STAY SAFE!

https://weather.com/storms/tornado/news/tornadoes-january-february-march-2017-fast-start

Strongest Tornado This Year

The most intense tornado to strike the U.S. as of mid-March was an EF4 that carved a 50-mile path through southeast Missouri and southern Illinois on Feb. 28, striking just north of Perryville, Missouri. Peak winds were estimated to be 180 mph, according to the damage survey from the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky.

Five homes were leveled in Perry County. The damage survey found evidence of multiple vortices as the tornado neared the Mississippi River. More homes were destroyed in Jackson and Franklin Counties in southern Illinois. Check out the weatherchannel.com for updates on tornadoes.

 

Food-Allergy Bullying Is Real, Here's How to Handle It

Food-Allergy Bullying Is Real, Here’s How to Handle It

“He didn’t understand why people would be so mean about something that could kill him,” recalled Cate. Her son M (name withheld), has severe peanut allergies, and like many, has experienced bullying related to his allergy.

It is believed up to 77 percent of children report experiencing some level of bullying. Bullying is, “when someone is being hurt either by words or actions on purpose, usually more than once, feels bad because of it, and has a hard time stopping what is happening to them,” according to Pacers.

While it is difficult to conduct the longitudinal studies necessary to track bullying, it is known that nearly 24 percent of children experience some form of chronic harassment. In the long term, bullying can result in lowered academic performance, mental health issues and, in extreme situations, suicide. But while all children are vulnerable, there are certain populations at an increased risk. For example, children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to experience mistreatment. In an attempt to combat this problem, legal protection exists for disabled students who are experiencing mistreatment. But what about invisible disabilities, like food allergies (yes, it’s considered a disability)?

According to a 2013 study, more than one-third of children and teens with food allergies (ages 8-17) reported being bullied specifically for their food allergies—usually by classmates.
All bullying is dangerous, but in many cases, like the one for Cate’s son, it can become a matter of life or death.

For M, those numbers became reality when his food allergies made him the target of chronic bullying.

“It started in [kindergarten],” said Cate. “M made a face at another student, who then threw his [peanut butter and jelly sandwich] at M. It made him cry, because just the year before, he’d spent Thanksgiving night in the ER after accidentally being exposed. He was well aware how dangerous it was.”

May , 2017

A Justice Department Study:  BULLYING PERSISTS by Maria Danilova       (Associated Press) printed in the “Denver Post”

23% of secondary  school students in the U.S. complain about being bullied, according to a federal study in 2015.  For LGBT students, the percentage is 34%.  Bullying is a public health issue which can lead to severe outcomes. “Because it happens, it doesn’t need to happen”, states Charol Shakeshaft, an education professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

March 26, 2017

At school,  Bodi Irvine was bullied about his long hair which he’s growing to donate to a fund that helps kids with cancer. The video shows his conversation with his dad who has  has wonderful advice for his son and for other parents who are concerned with the bullying of their children.

Checkout: https://www.facebook.com/MicMedia/videos/1437167316306054/?pnref=story for the whole story.

March 12, 2017

The “Blessing Box” helps the community of Berkeley just outside the downtown Denver area.  Regis University staff member Wendi Hansen was instrumental in getting the student government  in-volved in filling boxes for needy residents.  It’s Kindness in action! YourHub.com  Denver Post 3/9/2017

 

March 6, 2017

 

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry which usually has 3 lines.

Lines 1 and 3 have five syllables.

Line 2 has seven syllables.

Read the haiku below, then write a haiku poem about bullying.

Bullies torment me!

Always hurling stares, stones, names

Help! I need a friend.

February 12, 2017

Remember that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, Tuesday, February 14th.  Send a valentine to a family member or a friend.  A homemade one will be especially appreciated.  You might want to send one to someone who is feeling low, possibly friendless or extremely shy.

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Pictures, articles and books about Bullying appear below. Please feel free to comment on any of them!  You may write about a time when you or a friend were bullied and how you solved the problem.  Post your comments on the “Contact us” page of this website.

January 29, 2017

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Elizabeth Childs, DODDS educational administrator, shared the above picture and the following comment about a school in Germany.

Kindness Week was a huge success at Vogelweh Elementary School! Our totally awesome PTSA bought T-Shirts for all students & staff members! The Kindness Assembly Program was wired, wild, & big fun for all grades K-5!

 

Jan. 15, 2017  Happy, Peaceful Martin Luther King Day!

Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at the memorial service for Minister James Reeb

Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about kindness.                                             Two of my favorite quotes are below.

You might want to write a quote about kindness and send it to the Contact Us page on this website. I’ll post it on this blog with your first name.

Jan. 5, 2017

Fox5 News in Atlanta, GA. posted an article about bullying.

WebMD medical editor and pediatrician Dr. Hansa Barghava recently wrote a blog post about these type of bullying incidents, arguing they can be teachable moments for parents.

“I think a lot more children are being bullied than we know,” Bhargava says.  “We have reports of it being one in five.” And Dr. Bhargava says racial or ethnic bullying, like any kind of bullying, has three players:  the bully, the victim, and the bystander, who witnesses what’s happening.

“We often forget that with bullying or racist acts that the bystander is also affected,” she says.  “They can have anxiety. They can have shame.  They can feel, like, “I should have done something, but I didn’t.”

Bhargava believes it’s important for parents to talk to kids on an age-appropriate level about what bullying is, why it’s wrong, and what they can do safely to stop it if they see another child victimized.

“Say, you know,  ‘Hey, don’t do that,” or “Come sit by me at the lunch table,”  she says.  “And that will actually help the child feel so good about themselves as well as helping another person.”

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Dec. 5, 2016

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Students in the DECA Club at Cherry Creek High School are working to prevent bullying in the  schools with a campaign called “Peaceful Schools”. This year, in conjunction with the Rotary Club, high schoolers meet every 3 weeks with elementary students and use books, lesson plans and activities to help kids see the negative aspects of bullying.

November 25, 2016

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2016 file photo, Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks in Berwyn, Pa. Documents obtained by The Associated Press from 20 years ago show that Melania Trump was paid for 10 modeling jobs in the United States worth $20,056 before she had legal permission to work in the country. The documents provide the most detailed accounting yet of Mrs. Trump's first months in the U.S.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all a good meal!  I hope your Thanksgiving includes kind deeds throughout the day!             FLOTUS-elect (that’s First Lady of the United States) promises to make bully prevention one of her major goals. Trump is focusing on kids which is certainly a priority. She is co-founder of ConnectSafely.org, a nonprofit that promotes internet safety, including combating cyberbullying,  Melania Trump is the parent of a 10-year-old boy.

November 22, 2016

What is The Judgement Free GenerationTM? Planet Fitness is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club to eliminate bullying and promote kindness.

The Judgement Free Generation is Planet Fitness’ philanthropic initiative designed to combat the judgement and bullying faced by today’s youth by creating a culture of kindness and encouragement.

Bullying has become all-too-common in today’s society, with 1 in 4 youth reporting that they’ve been bullied and parents of school-aged children citing it as their #1 concern. With our Judgement Free Zone® and No Gymtimidation® policies as a solid foundation, Planet Fitness is the perfect company to tackle this issue.

To See the Video, Click on: http://givingback.planetfitness.com/

                                                                                                                                               

November 2,  2016

Bully Prevention Month is over, but unfortunately, bullying happens every month, every day.  Checkout:

When You Have to Deal with Bullies  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1769806/

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An outstanding short video of an ordinary boy who is confronted by three bullies!

October 23, 2016

Bullying Prevention Week 2016

On October 21, 2016, I was the keynote speaker for the culmination of  bully prevention at LOTUS School for Excellence.  The students in grades 6, 7 and 8 were attentive listeners and very serious about preventing bullying at their school and in their lives.The student activities for Bullying Prevention Week are listed below.

All K-12 Scholars were invited to join LSE in Bullying Prevention Week by dressing up according to the dates below and help make bullying a thing of the past!

Monday, Oct. 17:
“Take a Whack Against Bullying”
 Wear Wacky and Tacky Clothes- Go all out! Nothing can match!

Tuesday, Oct. 18:
“Kick Bullying Out” 
– Wear Clothes Inside-Out

Wednesday, Oct. 19:
“Make It Orange, Make It End” – Wear an orange shirt with jeans.

Thursday, Oct. 20:
“Scare away bully”–  Halloween Costumes (No Masks)

Friday, Oct. 21:
“Don’t Pair Up With Bullying” – Wear a sports uniform or support a favorite team.


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October 12, 2016

Visit:  www.rhondastopbullying.org  for information, podcasts, youtubes,  and pictures about Rhonda’s Stop-bullying Foundation. Find out about the Arizona Tour, the leadership academy, her presentations and her advice column.  Kids, teens, parents, teachers, organizations, religious leaders and victims of bullying will find useful ways to prevent bullying.

 

September 23, 2016

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www.nbcnews.com/…/mykidwouldneverdo-that–bullying-478065  Sunday, June 28, 2015

Especially for parents and teens: An in-depth look at cyber bullying. It’s hard enough to deal with a bully in person, but what about when bullying happens online?

 

September 17,2016

Carol Rousseau, owner of Master Rousseau’s Taekwondo, conducts a free bully prevention class on Saturdays.  Melinda Martinez/  TownTalk

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September 14, 2016

Go to:  http://www.pacer.org/bullying/classroom/elementary/activities/  stick-puppet.asp                                                                                                               for stick puppet plays which will actively engage children in anti-bullying activities.

 

September 4, 2016

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School has already started all over the world.  If anyone bullies you or a friend or sibling, tell an adult; your parents,  a teacher, counselor, or an adult relative or friend.

YOU are not alone…there are many people, articles, books, resources and   programs that can help prevent bullying.  Many schools are enrolled in the Safe-2-Tell Program.

August 26, 2016

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CHECKOUT:      Boys’ anti-bullying anthem a hit at Britain’s Got Talent – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8aYyyB2DO8

ANTI-BULLYING ANTHEM LYRICS       from Remembersong.com    

Remember is a new, collaborative pop anthem that rallies against bullying while delivering a positive, hopeful message to stay true to who you are and to never let the negative feelings and comments affect your inner strength.

The Remember anti-bullying anthem is powerful, uplifting, and inspirational, and we hope that it will reach the hearts and ears of youth everywhere!

REMEMBER  Remember, Remember Who you are

RAP…. ( YEAH ) ( YEAH ) OOOH OOOH OOH OOH OOH OOH

If you call me names, If you try to tear me apart

You will not take my body, You will not break my heart,

I will move on.

If someone tries to hurt me, I will keep my cool

Cause happiness belongs to me. I will not be your fool.

I won’t get lost in living. Who I am is who I want to be.

RAP ( THAT’S ME ) My dreams unfold and clearly I can see

I will remember where I have been, remember where I want to go

I will remember how I want to get there, remember the person I am, the person I know.

I have a special place, where I know, I know I’m safe to go,

Where I take time to listen, with an open mind, to hear the beauty of my soul.

We need to hold on to our life’s passions before they scatter in the wind

And know that we are special in this life until the very end.

I won’t get lost in living. Who I am is who I want to be.

My dreams unfold and clearly I can see.

 August 17,2016

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I’d like to share a letter from a mother of two who is a group leader at Creative Girls Adventure Book Club.  Her oldest daughter, Aubree, had to complete a summer project complete with research, a poster board, and a written presentation. This summer Aubree  chose to do her project on Tornadoes. Her mother reported, “I realized that it was about time we both brushed up on our natural disaster facts and information! While looking for helpful resources we came across the page in https://kindereads.com/resources-for-tornadoes/ and wanted to extend a quick thank you for providing us with such a great source of information! In return for providing us with such great info, Aubree wanted to suggest an additional resource for tornadoes for you to add to your page that we found, http://www.airoasis.com/knowledgebase/kids-guide-to-tornadoes . Aubree and I found it very helpful, and we hope you and your readers do too!”

Thank you , Aubree and Lissy, for the website about tornadoes.  I have added it to my list of resources.

 

July 2016

ELVIS PRESLEY

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Elvis was a very shy, unpopular kid who was regarded as a loner by many of his peers.  He was called  a “mama’s boy” and was occasionally bullied by classmates.   In his junior year, Elvis began to stand out from his classmates because he used rose oil and vaseline on his hair.

May 2016

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RAISING RILEY, SAVING MYSELF: A Man and his Dog’s Struggle to Find Salvation is a new book by Zachary Anderegg. This extraordinary story combines the bullying of animals and the author himself in a true story of courage and bravery.  A must for pre-teens through adults.

Kids, do you see instances of bullying in books that you are reading?

 

APRIL 2016

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“Funky Winkerbean”, Denver Post, April 30, 2016

Usually, it’s October, Bully Prevention Month, when cartoons about bullying appear. This month’s comic strip by Matiuk caused a lot of response from Denver Post readers. What do you think is the meaning of the cartoon?