October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and CBS Radio has partnered with 1-800-ASK-GARY to spread the anti-bullying message to Tampa Bay kids and families.
Bullying affects over 3.2 million students each year, and 1 in 10 students will drop out of school because of bullying (Source: dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-school-bullying). No child should ever feel afraid to get on the school bus, log onto their computer, or eat lunch in the cafeteria.
Did you know that bullies will stop their behavior within ten seconds of a peer speaking up? (Source: bullying.org/external/documents/Bullying_Information.pdf)
All it takes is one brave person to stand up to a bully – and that person could be your child. Now through December 31, CBS Radio and 1-800-ASK-GARY urge you “Stand Up to Bullies” and make sure your child’s New Year’s Resolution is to stop bullying.
Below are some resources for parents and kids to help in the fight against bullying:
http://www.stopbullying.gov/ – Provides information from government agencies on bullying, and includes resources on laws and policies relating to bullying.
http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/#/home – An interactive website for children to learn about bullying prevention.
http://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/#/home – A site geared towards teens with student-produced short films about bullying.
http://whatdoyouchoose.org/ – Kids and teens can tell their story on WhatDoYouChoose.org, or read blog posts from other peers who have experienced and overcome bullying.
http://www.stompoutbullying.org/ – Includes celebrity interviews on their experiences with bullying, and countless celebrity endorsements for the STOMP Out Bullying campaign.
http://stopcyberbullying.org/index2.html – Home of the first Cyberbullying Prevention Program in North America, with young (but trained) volunteers called the “Cyberarmy,” who operate support lines and develop community programs to help in the fight against cyberbullying.
http://www.education.com/reference/article/actions-take-child-involved-bullying/ – A list of actions parents can take if their child is the victim of bullying.