Bullying Prevention Month, Part 3: Encourage Empathy

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The theme of last week's Connections e-newsletter was "Discover Differences." This week our focus is Encourage Empathy. David's Law went into effect in Texas on September 1 of this year. It is new legislation requiring all schools- public, charter and private- to have bullying prevention and intervention policies for all students. It specifically addresses cyberbullying and expands the school's jurisdiction into off-campus texts and posts that interrupt the educational environment on campus. This important legislation was named to honor the life of David Molak, who tragically committed suicide after being repeatedly bullied at school and through

Bullying Prevention Month, Part 2: Discover Differences

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The theme of last week's Connections e-newsletter was "Correct Disrespect." This week our focus is Discover Differences. Most consider uniqueness a gift. "You are unique- you are special!" "You are the only you there is on the whole entire planet!" And yet it can be uniqueness that is a risk factor of those who are bullied. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, generally children who are bullied have one or more of the following risk factors: Are perceived as different from their peers, such as being overweight or underweight, wearing glasses or different clothing, being new to a school, or being unable to afford what ki

Taking a Stand Against Bullying, Part 1- Correct Disrespect

According to the national Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS) for 2015: 1 in 5 high school students reported having been in a physical fight one or more times in the past 12 months 1 in 5 said they had been bullied on school property, and 1 in 6 said they've been electronically bullied. And while bullying is only one of several key factors that can affect mental health, it is heart breaking to see that: 30% of high school students reported having felt "sad or hopeless almost every day for 2 or more weeks in a row" 15% made a plan about how to attempt suicide. Bullying has a lasting impact on both those who are bullied, and those who are doing the bullying. (Both, by the way, need

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