Tuesday, September 25, 2012

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

StopBullying.gov defines bullying as:  unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Parents, school staff, and other caring adults have a role to play in preventing bullying. We can help kids understand bullying by talking about what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely. Kids need to know that bullying is unacceptable and they need to know how to get help if it is happening to them or if they see it happening to someone else. 
Sharing books is a great way to start the discussion with kids.  Check out some of these titles from our collection:
Bully by Patricia Polacco
My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig
I am Jack by Susanne Gervay
Chrissa by Mary Casanova

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