Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Bullying Awareness EVERY day

Here in this space, I have been writing about bullying (and your comments below each day are most welcome), but it cannot be just one day or one week. We need to be aware of this problem EVERY single day. We cannot allow one more precious life to be scarred by a bully. I'm encouraged by the numerous organizations that are springing up, but we need to do more, until bullying is no more.

There are some superstars in this fight, and I want to say that peer groups are particularly important. Stand together with victims and give them your support, letting them know that they are not alone. Parents and educators need to keep their eyes open and watch for signs. Get involved.

There are numerous resources too. Click HERE to get KnowBullying, the free app from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that can prevent bullying. The CDC has some excellent information HERE.  There is a bullying prevention training course HERE.  Also, check out http://www.riseagainstbullying.org/
Bullying isn't something new, but that doesn't mean it should be ignored.  We see the damage it does every day and the lives it has claimed.  Let's open our eyes and put an end to it - forever.

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