I don't hate many things. I try not to. But there is one thing I do hate & will forever hate – bullying.
Bullying isn't something new unfortunately. It's been around for ages & continues on today but kids these days are taking it to another level & it needs to stop.
I don't know if you guys have seen The Bully Effect – there was a half hour presentation on Cartoon Network just a couple of weeks ago. It's about a young boy, Alex Libby who is bullied until someone speaks up on his behalf. If you have yet to see it, I encourage you to watch it with your kids!
As part of their Stop Bullying: Speak Up Campaign, Cartoon Network is making their resources available online which includes video, print and online content—including documentaries and educator guides—which you can get at StopBullyingSpeakUp.com & there is no charge to schools, community groups and parents to help motivate bullying prevention activities or discussions.
WHY ADDRESS BULLYING?
- Kids told Cartoon Network that bullying was one of the key issues in their lives that they believed they could do something about if given help with the right information, tools and tactics.
- We want to empower kids and adults with the tools and resources to deal with this critical issue.
- We simply cannot stand by in silence any longer.
- A child is bullied on a school playground every 7 minutes, and 85% of the time, no one steps in to help.
- Every day, an average 160,000 students in theU.S. purposely miss school because they’re afraid they will be bullied if they go to class. An estimated 13 million students are bullied every year (Source: The White House, 2012)
- It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. (Source: National Education Association.)
- When students do report bullying to an adult, no help is given the majority of the time because the adult either doesn’t believe the student or is not sure what to do.
- Young bullies carry a one-in-four chance of having a criminal record by age 30. Source: (Study by Leonard Eron and Rowell Huesman)
- American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims. (Source: Dan Olweus, NationalSchoolSafetyCenter)
- Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found a connection between both bullying and being bullied and suicide in children. One in seven students is either a bully or victim. (Source: www.parentingbookmark.com www.youthnoise.com)
- The Centers for Disease Control reports that suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for children between the ages of 10 and 14. The rate of suicide for this age group has increased by more than 100 percent since 2001. (Source: National Conference of State Legislatures)
Let's do all we can to help prevent bullying & encourage our kids to speak up if they are being bullied or they witness someone else being bullied.