🇨🇦 How This 15-Year-Old Diana Award Recipient’s Family Tragedy Inspired Her to Help Others

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“Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” ~ Princess Diana

Bailey DunbarBailey Dunbar👼 is only 15 years old, but she’s already seen more tragedy than many face in a lifetime. Her twin sister, Morgan, 263d022c92752ed6e2b035b1410bf332committed suicide when they were just 13 years old after her sister was targeted by bullieslittle devil

Two years later, the  Fort Saskatchewan, Canada,  native is channeling her loss into something powerful. She’s now honoring Morgan’s memory by fighting bullying and cyber-bullying,  and working on raising mental health awareness among young people.

Bailey👼 is leading the charge on anti-bullying  with her organization, Morgan’s Memorial Mission SocietyThe group engages in volunteer work to combat bullying and encourage kindness and inclusivity — and won aCrown2Untitled-2Diana Award for her efforts last year. Crown2The Diana Award🌹 is given out in the late Crown2Princess Diana’s🌹 name to young role models, ages 9-18 from across the world who are transforming the lives of others. (To nominate a young changemaker for this year’s Diana Award, which will be presented at a ceremony in London this May, click here.)

Dunbar👼 faced bullies little devil of her own after her sister’s death. After Morgan’s suicide, one of the bullies little devil who had tormented her turned his attention towards Bailey👼 . The abuse got so bad, that at a point, her parents were forced Albert-Einstein-albert-einstein-genius-smiley-emoticon-000718-facebookto get the police 👮involved, she says. The bully little devil was later made to apologize and stop contacting Bailey.👼

Seeing the treatment her sister suffered through her own eyes, Bailey👼 was inspired to make a change. She founded Morgan’s Memorial Mission Society, and with the help of her mom, she was granted official non-profit status.

“After I experienced what it was like to be bullied,  I finally understood why you wouldn’t MISSION MEMORIAL SOCIETYwant to go to school or go out,” Bailey 👼  says. “I decided to take action because after having my own experience, I realized it’s not okay.

“A lot of people are insecure about themselves, and they’ll take it out on other people instead of talking about it.”

Morgan’s Mission Memorial Society has been involved in several projects that hope to spark conversation about bullying, mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Bailey👼 has hosted a benefit concert with Robb Nash, done multiple events with Project Semicolon, smilie king newanother suicide prevention and mental health organization, in her hometown of   Edmonton and around Alberta, Canada,  and spoke out about her own bullying  story and losing her sister on “Beautiful Me Day.”

She’s also been working with local government officials, as well as the  Canadian ministers of health, education and justice, to help create anti-bullying legislation in the country. Bailey👼 worked with Fort Saskatchewan Mayor Gale Katchur and Jessica Littlewood, a member of the legislative assembly, on a proclamation for World Suicide Prevention Day in the town in 2015.

“They were shocked that at such a young age, that I’m doing all of this to change how people see mental illness and bullying” she said of her experience working with the government ministers.

smiley-king-23118707Also in her hometown, Bailey,👼 along with a committee of local parents, has created a “Protective Guardian” award, which is given to a student or young person who has actively worked against bullying  in their school or community.

Leading an organization that encourages kindness and inclusivity made Bailey👼 a perfect fit for the Crown2Diana Award,🌹 which she received in 2016.Crown2 The Diana Award 🌹 also created National Kindness Day, celebrated on March 31, in the late royal’s honor.

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GLAAD launches countdown to Spirit Day 2016!

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The degree and kind of a man’s sexuality reach up into the ultimate pinnacle of his spirit ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

pink-happy-heart-smiley-emoticonToday Sept 15, 2016 GLAAD launched the official countdown to Spirit Day, the largest and most visible campaign in the world working to advance acceptance of LGBTQ youth. Spirit Day takes place on October 20th and inspires millions around the world to wear purple or ‘go purple’ on their social media accounts, creating a united stand against bullying and in support of LGBTQ youth.

“Since its inception, Spirit Day has brought unparalleled attention to one of the most painful issues that disproportionately affects LGBTQ youthbullying,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. According to GLSEN’s most recent National School smilie-family-better3Climate Survey, 85% of LGBT students report they have been verbally harassed with 65% percent reporting that they have heard homophobic remarks frequently or often in school. GLSEN also reported that 30% of students missed at least one day of school in a given month because they felt unsafe or uncomfortable in their school environment. Ellis adds, “Young people are our future, and it’s imperative that we empower them to be the leaders of tomorrow. With updated anti-bullying resources in multiple languages, Spirit Day 2016 is sure to reach more youth than ever with messages of acceptance and support.”

Every year, Spirit Day draws the participation and suport of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, and individuals. This year, Spirit Day is made gayheart possible by the generous support of its presenting partners Target and Wells Fargo, official partners, Dow, Google, NBA and WNBA, NFL, and WWE, and supporting partners, American Eagle Outfitters, Barilla, Chobani, Comcast NBCUniversal, Kellogg’s, Kirkland & Ellis, Toyota Financial Services, and Zipcar.

waving_crossed_gay_pride_flags“LGBTQ youth deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. To be comfortable with and proud of who they are. To be free to be exactly who they were born to be, “said Laysha Ward, Executive Vice President & Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Target. “Target is excited to be a Spirit Day presenting partner, working with GLAAD to raise awareness around the issue of bullying in the LGBTQ youth community.”

“A child’s true potential should never be diminished by fear,” said John Lake, Wells Fargo’s LGBT segment leader. “We see Spirit Day as a powerful tool to raise awareness of the challenges faced by kids who identify as LGBTQ and to show our solidarity as an ally. We are committed to working alongside GLAAD to help combat bullying and protect LGBTQ youth – an effort that remains at the core of our decades-long commitment to the LGBTQ community.”

smileTo celebrate the countdown to Spirit Day, GLAAD also released crucial anti-bullying resources for educators, parents, and students. GLAAD’s Anti-Bullying Resource Kit provides tools and information teachers the aide in keeping bullying out of the classroom and help both teachers and parents support LGBTQ youth. Additionally, GLAAD released the Spirit Day Kit, which helps people of all ages bring Spirit Day directly to their community, including schools and local media outlets.

Coinciding with National Bullying Prevention Month, Spirit Day began in 2010 after a high untitled-1school student posted the idea to her Tumblr page following the suicide deaths of several LGBTQ and LGBTQ-perceived young people. Previous Spirit Day participants include The White House, The Empire State Building, Britney Spears, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Shaquille O’Neal, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, The Talk, The Tonight Show, the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, WWE, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, the Las Vegas Strip, and more.

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Cyberbullying: Our Children, Our Problem

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“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.” – Lady Gaga 

the big bang4LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — Now with school starting back up, there is an option for schools and PTAs to help combat bullying.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is making available a training DVD on the dangers of bullying, especially online.

There are 1,000 copies available to teachers, school administrators, school resource officers, PTA 3_3_1091or PTO groups . All they have to do is request one.

They can Email jvickers@bedfordsheriff.org to request a DVD or click here for more information.

Cyberbullying: Our Children, Our Problem can be completed in 30-45 minutes. This powerful interactive learning experience challenges parents and educators to connect with the teens in their lives. By building resilience and interpersonal skills, adults can help foster bully-free online environments both at school and at home.

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Rosie’s TheaterKids Gala Celebration

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“Don’t lose faith. Promise yourself that you will be a success story, and I promise you that all the forces of the universe will unite to come to your aid; you might not feel today or for a while, but the longer you wait the bigger the prize.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

22Your invited to Rosie’s TheaterKids Gala Celebration benefiting Rosie’s Theater Kids hosted by Rosie O’Donnell with performances by Rosie’s Theater Kids Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:30 P.M. Cocktails, 7:30 P.M. dinner, Auction & Performances.

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The BULLY Project!

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“If they don’t like you for being yourself, be yourself even more.” ~ Taylor Swift

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WE DID IT! ‘UPSTANDER’ IS NOW ADDED TO THE DICTIONARY

classThank you to our partners Change.org, Not in Our School and Facing History and Ourselves, as well as all of the other advocates who supported the campaign to add the word “upstander” to the dictionary. On July 24, 2016 the word was officially added to the Oxford Dictionary!

HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL AS AN UPSTANDER

b-man-project2What would it look like if we had a community of Upstanders heading back to school this fall? Upstanders are the students who choose to speak up, the teachers who reach out, the principals who take new actions in their schools, and the parents who join together to raise awareness about bullying. Through The BULLY Project’s tools and resources that support social emotional learning, as well as creative programs like the Adobe Mural project, we hope to foster more Upstanders in our schools everyday. As we embark on a new school year, let us each take the opportunity to be an Upstander in our own lives and promote Upstanders in our schools and communities.

INTRODUCING THE PHYSICIANS CAMPAIGN

physicians campaignThe BULLY Project is excited to announce a new campaign that will change how physicians treat doctor-emoticonchildren exposed to bullying! On Friday, August 12th, 2016, The Physicians Campaign was introduced at the Federal Summit for Bullyng Prevention in Washington, DC.
Partnered with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminisration (SAMHSA), Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention, StopBullying.gov, The NoBLE (No Bullying Live Empowered) Initiative of Beaumont nurse-smileyChildren’s Hospital, The Physicians Campaign will support medical practitioners throughout the nation through comprehensive tools and resources and an innovative medical educational program that features the film BULLY. Whether a child is a bully, victim, or witness, exposure to bullying can have intensive and sometimes lifelong health consequences, according to national studies. That’s why we are calling on all stakeholders, including you, to join our movement to end bullying! For further information contact info@physicianscampaign.com.
 

WATCH HIGH DIVE HEART: UPSTANDERS IN ACTION

HeadphonesFor those times when we have felt like we just didn’t belong, the new band High Dive Heart has released the song “Misfit” as an anthem that celebrates 10being different. Touring with Colbie Caillat this fall, High Dive Heart has created an new music video that supports The BULLY Project. For every single of “Misfit” purchased, High Dive Heart will donate the proceeds to The BULLY Project. Our new friends at Apple Music have become fans and currently the High Dive Heart single is in the hot tracks section of the iTunes store. Please check out the song below and support our ongoing work!
 

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PROMOTE UPSTANDERS IN YOUR SCHOOLS

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SPOTLIGHT: UPSTANDERS AT WELSH HILLS SCHOOL IN GRANVILLE, OHIO
Check out how Michelle Lerner, Head of School at Welsh Hills in Granville Ohio is working hard to promote a safe school environment! Last year, students grades 5 – 9 attended a screening of BULLY as part of a wellness unit.
animated-smileys-television-014“All of our students were absolutely silent during the movie and for a few moments afterwards as well. They tried to put themselves in the shoes of some of the children profiled in the movie in order to understand how they might feel,” Lerner said. Welsh Hills recognises that promoting a culture of anti-bullying is a gradual process.
“Our challenges will be in helping students to internalise new attitudes and to recognise negative behaviours in themselves,” she said. This year, Welsh Hills will host a parent education night to screen BULLY and discuss how to recognise bullying, how the school addresses bullying, and how families can support their children at home!
 

CONTRIBUTE TO THE ADOBE BULLY PROJECT MURAL

donateGet creative with your classroom by contributing to the Adobe BULLY Project mural, a digital destination where people can share art, stories, and perspectives about bullying and its impact. Engage sport-handball-smiley-animiert_03_250x250your students in a dynamic and creative medium that allows them to express themselves honestly and create a meaningful dialogue with their peers about bullying. Participating in project-based learning like the BULLY Project Mural brings together social and emotional learning strategies that are aligned with the high-quality academic standards of the Common Core. To learn more about how to bring this activity to your classroom, click here.
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Bullying Scars

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The common mistake that bullies make is assuming that because someone is nice that he or she is weak. Those traits have nothing to do with each other. In fact, it takes considerable strength and character to be a good person. ~ Mary Elizabeth Williams

The Impact on Adult Life and Relationships

Untitled-1An explosion of research on bullying has raised our collective awareness of the serious impacts it can reading6gifhave on children. No longer do we accept it as an innocuous rite of passage, just a part of growing up that we grin and bear and grow out of later. But do we grow out of it, or are there lingering effects that last well beyond the school playgrounds and lunchrooms?

Is bullying traumatic and, if so, does it last into adult life? Are there life-long consequences or are the effects pretty much shed as people grow? Are some of us more resilient than others? Are there any positive or saltwater-woman5unexpected outcomes as a result of being bullied (or having been a bully) as a child? In an effort to answer these questions, Bullying Scars describes childhood bullying from the vantage point of those victims, bullies, and bystanders who are now adults; the book discusses how lives have been changed, and explores the range of reactions adults exhibit.

The research gathered for this book, through interviews with over 800 people, points out that even adult decision-making is often altered by the victimisation they experience as children at the hands of peers, siblings, parents, or educators.

1058572-nerdy-emoticon-reading-a-bookWritten in an engaging and accessible style that draws heavily from the rich interview data that deLara has collected, this book will be of interest to anyone struggling with the lingering effects of being bullied. Additionally, it is highly relevant to mental health professionals — counsellors, therapists, social workers, clinical psychologists — working with clients who are dealing with these issues.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 Bullying: The parameters of the problem into adulthood
  • Chapter 2 “Adult Post-Bullying Syndrome”
  • Chapter 3 Being Different: The Traces that Difference Leaves Behind
  • Chapter 4 “People-pleasing v. Revenge”: Consequences on development of being bullied
  • Chapter 5 “Angry Words Echo in My Brain”: Health and Mental Health Impacts
  • Chapter 6 Consequences in Relationships
  • Chapter 7 “I Am So Self-Conscious”: The Impact of Sexual Harassment
  • Chapter 8 Does Bullying Affect Decisions?
  • Chapter 9 It Comes Home to Roost: Bullying and the Family
  • Chapter 10 “Is There Anything Positive?”: Unexpected Outcomes of Bullying and Harassment
  • Conclusion

Author Information

Ellen Walser deLara, PhD, MSW, is Associate Professor on the faculty of the School of Social Work at Syracuse University. She is also a practicing family therapist with over 35 years’ experience working writingwith children, adolescents, and adults in both school and clinical settings. Her areas of research expertise address child maltreatment, school violence, and bullying from systemic and developmental perspectives. She has interviewed hundreds of teenagers and adults specifically about their secondary school experiences. Dr. deLara’s research has been featured on national and international media including: “The Today Show”; “Dateline”; “The Dr. Phil Show”; The Washington Post; CBC; and National Public Radio.

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Newton Abbot College Awarded Anti-Bullying Accolade

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“Teamwork allows common people to obtain uncommon results”. ~ Pat Summit

NEWTON Abbot College has won another award for their anti-bullying work at the school. imagesFollowing their selection as one of only three national showcase schools for their anti-bullying work, fourteen Anti-Bullying ambassador students and two members of staff travelled to London for the invitation-only Diana Award Anti-Bullying event.

The students were greeted upon arrival by some of the Diana Award staff members and VIP guests for the event, including internet vlogging sensation, Marcus Butler, former Doctor Who, Christopher Ecclestone, and Union J member, JJ Hamblett, before participating in the main showcase event.

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Year 10 anti-bullying prefect Zoe McAuliffe said: “The event was absolutely fantastic and I feel extremely proud to be part of both Newton Abbot College and its anti-bullying work, as we are the only school in the area to have been recognised in such an amazing way.

“Anti-bullying work in schools is so important and I am looking forward to becoming more involved next year and helping other students to stay safe and happy in their college environment.”

Head of House and Head of Anti-Bullying, Anne Farnham, added: “The Facebook event was an amazing opportunity for the College to celebrate the many years of anti-bullying work we have put in.

god_said_no_12The showcase accolade and subsequent Champion Award is the recognition of all the hard work, initiative and enthusiasm shown by our students over the last few years. I could not be more proud of the team, the work they do and the College as a whole.”

Article by HEDanielClark for Herald Express  Posted: July 15, 2016

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Donny Osmond reveals years of bullying torment but says he’s “the last one laughing”

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The boyband superstar says he has been mocked his entire life for his “family, health and moral code”

He has been in showbiz for more than 50 years, is a healthy, happily-married grandfather who wows an army of fans at his regular show in Las Vegas.

donny&michael.jpgBut, despite all this success, Donny Osmond’s glowing, mahogany skin doesn’t seem any thicker than it was when he was the first boyband superstar.

“I was 14 or 15, doing my gig, and it’s working. I’m one of the biggest teeny boppers in the world, and Rolling Stone magazine comes out with an article which says ‘the worst day in rock’n’roll history was 35401the day Donny Osmond was born,” he recalls, sounding angry and a bit sad, even now.

“A teenager is just trying to figure out who he is, let alone having that. That’s the ultimate bullying. It really hurt me.”

Donny stole the show in The Osmonds and became a solo star, singing hits like Puppy Love with doe eyes which bewitched the teenies of his day.

But he was sneered at for his bubblegum pop and when his career flopped when he hit his twenties, his fans all grown up, he found himself in the wilderness.

th_emoticons_aduSeeing him mocked for his no smoking, no drinking, no drugs, squeaky-clean image – the result of his strict Mormon religion – pal Michael Jackson even suggested he change his name.

Today, though, Donny insists he is glad he wasn’t cool – because he is the one still going strong.

going-strongHis troubled peers Jackson and Prince, he says, ended up looking to him for guidance on how to live a happy life.

Donny, 58, says: “I remember having long conversations with Prince at Paisley Park. He was interested in the details of my life, my family. Michael was the same way.

“One of the things I pride myself on is normalcy in a world which is anything but normal. And I think they were completely interested in how I balanced my life. Those guys couldn’t.

MP3 player smiley face“Maybe they were looking to me for guidance. I’ve been married 38 years – that is a little unusual in showbiz. Five wonderful sons. Eight wonderful grandbabies. It was satisfying. I had my personal life together. The things people mock keep me stable.

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“It’s very easy to lose it mentally and get caught up in your own hype. I was one of the biggest teeny boppers back in the day and that can really mess up your mind.”

With more than a hint of glee in his voice, he adds: “I’ve been made fun of my entire life about things like family, my health code and moral code. And it’s like: ‘In your face everybody, I’m the last one laughing. I’m the last one standing.”

It certainly feels that way in a year when legends are dropping like flies.

Donny might not have been everyone’s cup of tea, but his success is unarguable. He has been performing his show with sister Marie in Vegas for almost eight years and his 4502306-two-smiling-balls-having-fun-and-enjoying-each-others-companyanniversary The Soundtrack of My Life tour sells out.

He says he’s in great health. “I’m always working out, I’m very careful what I eat. The Mormon lifestyle helped me because I don’t smoke or drink. I’m really very, very careful,” he says.

He is, though, getting over bronchitis when we talked.

But he shrugs and puts that down to the relentless meet-and-greets he regularly attends after his shows.

Donny says his 38-year marriage to Debbie, 57, plays a big part in his happiness. They wed in 1978 when he was 20 and they still enjoy date nights at home in Utah.

just-donny“I could spend eight days a week in Vegas but I’ve got a jet and I can be home in an hour,” he says. “It’s a very fast-paced lifestyle but in order to keep my personal life together, which I treasure, I do it. I won’t let anything get in the way of that.

We are still madly in love with each other, we go on dates all the time. I know it sounds childish.”

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Ontario Taking Action to Protect Young Workers

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News Release May 27, 2016

“Our youth are our future, and as such, we must ensure that we do our utmost to protect them. We need to do what we can to make sure that young workers are treated fairly at work, and are able to come home safe and sound to their families after their shifts.”
 ~ Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour

smileys-cz-199ce3229963df59c4d5e5a480ad6f02a3As young people across Ontario start looking for summer jobs, Ontario is launching several initiatives to protect young workers in seasonal, part-time or temporary employment.

Workers that are new to their job, including young workers, are three times more likely to be injured in the first month than at any time. They are also at greater risk of having their employment standards rights violated, such as those involving unpaid wages or hours of work.

The Ministry of Labour’s initiatives include:

  • Launching two province-wide inspection blitzes on health and safety and employment standards, focusing on protecting young workers throughout the summer
  • Promoting “It’s Your Job,” a province-wide online video contest encouraging youngfood-cashier-smiley-emoticon workers to speak out about their workplace rights
  • Supporting “Bring Safety Home,” a Workplace Safety & Prevention Services campaign targeting parents and other networks of young people
  • Supporting the creation of #safeforlife, a youth-driven digital media campaign by Parachute Canada

Protecting young workers is part of the government’s continued commitment to prevent workplace injuries and illness through its Safe At Work Ontario enforcement initiative.

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  • Every year, more than 6,000 young workers across Ontario are injured seriously enough to need time off work; that’s equivalent to nearly 17 Ontario youth a day.
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  • Ontario is one of only a few places in the world to require occupational health and safety education in schools. It is part of the curriculum from kindergarten to Grade 12.
  • The Ministry of Labour has conducted a new and young worker health and safety blitz annually for the past eight years. This year’s blitz will be the ninth.

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Researchers Analyze Effectiveness of Bullying Prevention Programs

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A group of Canadian researchers have set out to analyse the effectiveness of bullying prevention programs in schools, finding that they would ultimately only recommend one of the programs out of seven studied.

Canadian-flag-background-for-Canada-map (2)Researchers at Dalhousie University have analysed the effectiveness of bullying prevention programs with the aim of improving lives for Nova Scotia children, and saving money for the province’s school boards.

Mac-mac-apple-busy-smiley-emoticon-000712-facebook“We’re hoping to better inform educational institutions about effective bullying prevention initiatives so that adolescents are better equipped to deal with bullying and peer victimization,” says Dr. John LeBlanc, associate professor of pediatrics at Dalhousie Medical School and staff pediatrician at the IWK Health Centre.

The analysis, which has been delivered to school boards across the province and Canada in the form of a toolkit, can also be used to better streamline resources dedicated to school-based bullying prevention programs.

“Currently, schools implement bullying  smileys-applaus-485909 prevention strategies without clearly knowing whether or not they’ll provide good value for the precious human and financial resources devoted to them,” says Dr. LeBlanc. “Our analysis was done to help schools – and other organizations working with youth – evaluate these programs with respect to effectiveness, cost, and overall fit.”

The team reviewed seven popular bullying prevention programs; some are used in Nova Scotia schools, and others were identified through a search of scientific literature. Of the seven, only one – WITS – could be recommended.

playing-golf-smiley-emoticon“WITS stands for walk away, ignore, talk it out, and seek help,” explains Ashley Chisholm, master’s candidate in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology. “We found that WITS delivers stronger effects than other programs at a lower cost, and shows long‐term benefits. The program also has components that promote healthy relationships.”

The other six programs were resource‐intensive, yet delivered little or no reduction in bullying perpetration or victimization.

“These programs require hundreds or thousands of dollars in up-front costs for materials and trainers, in addition to the time put in by teachers and students that could be spent on the curriculum,” says Tanya Bilsbury, master’s candidate at the School of Public Administration. “Yet, we found that the actual effects of evidence-based programs were often very small or even absent.”

tablet“Of course, there will always be a place for individual and group strategies for those who bully or who are bullied,” says Dr. LeBlanc. “These targeted strategies can build upon school-wide programs that focus on creating safe and respectful climates, and programs that help youth develop their social and emotional skills.”

“This toolkit is a very useful aid to schools and others seeking to prevent bullying and cyberbullying, and the many negative consequences of this bullying,” says Dr. Wayne MacKay, former chair of the Nova Scotia Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying. “It’s clearly based on a thorough analysis of the evidence.”

Article posted by Allison Gerrard  May 13, 2016 provide by Dalhousie University for medicalxpress.com

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The Bystander Revolution

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I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted. ~ Alan Turing

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Worried you’ll bring the bullying on yourself or make the situation worse if you step in? A solution from award-winning author Colum McCann.

Simple acts of kindness, courage, and inclusion anyone can use to take the power out of bullying.

smilie-sign23Bystander Revolution is a website offering practical, crowdsourced advice about simple things individuals can do to defuse bullying and help shift the culture. No matter who you are or what you’re facing, you can find personal stories, suggestions, and encouragement from someone who has dealt with a similar issue. Search by problem or solution to find tips from people who have been targets, people who have been bystanders, and even people who have bullied.

Try one of the ideas. Share one with a friend. You can be of real help right away. And if these ideas spread and become habits, it could change the dynamics forever.

Mission and History

hugBystander Revolution was founded by author and parent MacKenzie Bezos to create a source of direct, peer-to-peer advice about practical things individuals can do to help defuse bullying. The ultimate goal is the discussion and spread of simple habits of kindness, courage, and inclusion.

tabletThe site launched in April of 2014 with unscripted content from dozens of passionate students, leaders and celebrities— over 300 short videos for a wide variety of problems and situations, each with a focus on simple but powerful actions bystanders can take to help. In April of 2016, the site was updated to include a number of additional resources: written tips crowdsourced from contributors and partner organizations; discussion materials to facilitate the use of its videos in classrooms and clubs; and The Weekly Stand, an initiative to spread simple habits of action.

Special thanks to our Ambassadors for their work advising the organization and spreading the word about Bystander Revolution online, in the media, and in their communities. These include Ambassador and Strategic Advisor Monica Lewinsky, Ambassador and early contributor Lily Collins, and our Youth Ambassadors: Hannah Alper, Jillian Frantz, Bobby Frantz, Molly Hernandez, Shereen Pimentel, Kat Zouboulakis, Carleigh O’Connell, Liam Clive, Oliver Clive, Natalie Madrigal, Paris Kirk, Katherine Schug, Jiaqi Gao, Alisha Woods, Ashleigh Weldon, and Gurwinder Singh.

Advisors

  1. Dr. Dorothy Espelage ~ a Professor of Child Development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  2. Gavin de Becker is the nation’s best-known expert on the prediction and management of violence.
  3. doctor-with-stethoscope-smiley-emoticonDr. James McGee served as the Director of Psychology and Director of Law Enforcement and Forensic Services at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland until his retirement in 2001.
  4. Nicholas Carlisle is a human rights attorney, psychotherapist and the Executive Director of No Bully.
  5. Dr. Philip Zimbardo is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University, and taught previously at Yale, NYU and Columbia.

To learn more and to continue reading  »»»»»»

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It’s up to society now to put a stop to LGBTI bullying

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“Love does not discriminate, Neither should our laws” ~ Sir Ivan

Report is insightful but it sounds an alarm

socerAs a gay person, the feel-good halo effect of the positive outcome in the marriage referendum is wonderful and empowering. The knowledge that most of the electorate was on the side of LGBT equality became simultaneously a weight off our shoulders, and a comfort blanket.irish LGBT people speak of increased visibility around the country, of seeing more gay couples holding hands, of benefiting from the open conversations that were had at kitchen tables, of feeling bolstered by the solidarity straight people offered to their LGBT family members, friends, co-workers, team-mates, and people they didn’t even know.

be-happyThe march of social change can very often be staccato, two steps forward and one step back. This week, with the release of the LGBTIreland Report, a national study of the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Ireland, the halo effect was dimmed with the findings of how LGBTI youth suffer in our country. LGBTI young people have twice the level of self-harm, three times the level of attempted suicide, and four times the level of severe or extremely severe stress, anxiety and depression of a comparative group of young people.

There have been other reports over the years on the mental health of LGBT adults and young people, and they all make for tough reading, but in the context of such a huge step towards a more tolerant and accepting society, this one felt even more urgent.

We need reminding that opening the institution of marriage to same sex couples is just one aspect of creating a better society for LGBT people, that we’re still in the process of undoing centuries of discrimination.

What’s also important to remember is that LGBTI young people are not a homogeneous group. The experiences of young people across a spectrum of gender and sexuality can be very different. The services offered by one of the commissioners of the report, BeLonGTo, cover an equally complex group of people. Whereas many youth services can often be drawing from a fairly homogeneous demographic, be that geographical or socio-economic, an organisation such as BeLonGTo deals with a vast array of backgrounds, experiences, and a complex intersectionality that colours the lives of LGBTI young people.

bewellThe report found that 20 per cent of LGBTI students felt they belonged completely in their school. Half of LGBTI students personally experienced anti-LGBTI bullying. Some 67 per cent witnessed bullying of other LGBTI students in their school, something that reinforces an atmosphere of discrimination even if it isn’t directly experienced by a young person. One in four missed or skipped school to avoid negative treatment due to being LGBTI. One in four considered leaving school early, and approximately one in 20 quit school. The report also showed that there has not been a significant reduction in day-to-day victimisation and harassment of LGBTI people since the Supporting LGBT Lives study in 2009.

Three quarters of those surveyed have been verbally abused due to being LGBTI, 30% in the last year.

While the outcome of the marriage referendum was a good one, the homophobia and anti-gay equality sentiment that LGBT people had to deal with during this period – across media, social media, referendum literature, and on the doorsteps while canvassing – was extraordinarily testing.

We owe a great debt to LGBT people for having the collective resilience to pull through that period, but as much as the positive reinforcement LGBT people received during 2015 will live on, so will the negative impacts.

It is incredibly difficult for young people to have peers or family members collaborate in homophobia that is still part of slang, a default code of bullying, or a general intolerant social atmosphere.

boy-hatThe Department of Education’s anti-bullying procedures for primary and post-primary schools stated in 2013: “The inclusion of LGBT posters on notice boards, discussions with parents about specific statements of welcome and respect for LGBT members of the school, community, teaching the Social, Personal, Health Education (SPHE) resource, Growing Up LGBT and participating in LGBT awareness events are just some of the ways in which a school can address homophobic and transphobic bullying.”

Schools need to be strict on bullying across the board, as well as teaching resilience to young people, arming them with the tools they need and will need to combat discrimination now and later in life.

Groups that specifically work with LGBTI young people, such as BelongTo, need to be supported and funded appropriately to continue the great work they are doing. It’s work that doesn’t just help young people, or offer sanctuary, but it’s also work that saves lives.

ok2The LGBTIreland report is informative and insightful, but it sounds an alarm as well. If parents, families, schools, peer groups and communities don’t tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying, young LGBT people will continue to suffer, they will continue to self-harm, they will continue to contemplate or act on suicide, they will continue to have difficult childhoods and experience misery and exclusion.

It is our duty as a society that aspires to care for and protect all children, to stop young people being harassed for who they are.

Article by Una Mullally  ~ posted Thu, Mar 24, 2016

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The Italian pupils fighting bullies with music

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On the heels ofMabasta‘, there is now another anti-bullying campaign that has been organised by Italian school pupils. It’s called

‘SBAM! – Stop Bullying Adopt Music‘.

abamThe project aims to use a very powerful weapon against bullying, one that has great influence over people: music. mexican smileyThe idea is also from the Galilei-Costa school in Lecce, but this time it’s the third-year students that are responsible.

With guidance from their English teacher, they decided to tackle the problem from a different angle. Two objectives were identified by the young creators behind SBAM, whose slogan is:

“Hit bullying with the sound of music”.

emoticon gif animated smile images 117The first is to identify all songs that deal with topics or situations that may count as bullying actions or attitudes, or any sort of abuse between young people. And, since the majority of the songs are in English, the pupils have to translate them into Italian to understand them.

The second, far more ambitious, aim is to encourage and invite all musicians, especially those with young fan bases, to compose more songs with lyrics geared to stop the phenomenon, telling victims to speak out, telling bullies to stop and saying that ‘spectators’ should intervene.

All texts that the pupils translate, along with songs by Italian artists, will be published in a special section of the official ‘Mabasta’ website.

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BGC launches video contest to counteract bullying

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girlsCORNWALL, Ontario ~ That’s the message from the Boys & Girls Club of Cornwall/SDG as the non-profit readies for ‘Pink Shirt Day’ on Wednesday (Feb. 24) girl2– a national anti-bullying campaign.

In addition to the annual fashion statement, BGC launched a new ‘Kindness Contest’, encouraging children and youth ages six to 18 to send a PSA video or vlog (video blog) about what local residents can do to make Cornwall/SDG a bully-free region.

dreamstimeEntrants have an opportunity to win one of six prizes, including an Apple iPad mini or an Xbox One console.

“This year, we decided to take a different direction with the campaign and focus on positive behaviour since the antidote of bullying is kindness,” said Jacquie Richards, the club’s executive director.

Kindness Contest submissions should be one to three minutes long.

The entry deadline is Wednesday (Feb. 17).

Hello-hello-telephone-phone-smiley-emoticon-000317-facebookArticle by Cornwall Seaway News  published on February 10, 2016 ~ The event is sponsored by TVCogeco Cornwall ~ For more details on contest rules and to request a submission form, email staff@bgccornwallsdg.com or call the BGC office at (613) 935 -9015.

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Queen’s professor receives Order of Ontario for work on bullying prevention

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“The vision and the dream is a bully free Canada and we are on our way.” ~ Wendy Craig

News – When Wendy Craig received a phone call telling her she had been appointed to the Order of Ontario, she couldn’t believe it.

smile“I was totally surprised. I got a call on a Saturday afternoon and I was in shock,” said Craig, a professor and head of the psychology department at Queen’s University. “It was a good surprise, but still a surprise.”

wendy1For the past 25 years, Craig has been working on bullying prevention. Most notably, she is co-founder and co-scientific director of PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network) and has consulted on bullying prevention initiatives with some of the world’s most prestigious international organizations, but she didn’t always know that working on bullying was what she wanted to do.

queen-smiley-face-869049“My work started through a chance activity while trying to decide what to do my PhD dissertation on,” she explained.  “I was working on a project where we had put remote microphones on children on a playground and one of the things that struck me was how aggressive their interactions were. I started to see that it was repeated individuals being aggressive on the playground and that spurred my interest.”

That interest eventually turned into PREVnet, a network that has brought together over 100 researchers and 65 national organizations to look at bullying and how to prevent it.

Mac-mac-apple-busy-smiley-emoticon-000712-facebook“We learned quickly that what was lacking was the prevention element,” she said. “One of the things that our partners told us was that they have a lot of policies about how to address bullying when it happens, but they actually, in their training, don’t talk about how to promote healthy relationships, which is the number one way to prevent bullying.”

Through her work on bullying prevention, Craig helped develop a training module that has now been taught to over 300,000 people across the country and internationally through partners like Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Red Cross.

Her work has also gained Craig quite a bit of recognition, including her recent appointment to the Order of Ontario, something she finds both humbling and encouraging.

“It was incredibly humbling to listen to the other recipients and learn about the work they have done, and to be among them,” she said. “But for me it was really a call to action to keep going and really accelerate the work. I felt like getting the acknowledgement was validating the work and recognizing the importance and significance of the work and challenging me to do more.”

6042493058023424The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest official honour and it recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a high level of individual excellence and achievement in any field benefiting the people of Ontario or anywhere in the world. Craig’s work definitely fits these criteria, but she points out that she couldn’t have done it alone.

“It is extremely flattering, but I am constantly reminded that it takes a network,” she said. “The impact we have is because of all the graduate students and organizations we work with. It just makes you realize that it really does take a village to take on a project like this.”

So what’s next for Craig and her ‘network’?

“We are trying to structurally engage government, engage corporations and then take some of the most successful projects we have been working on and scaling them up and out across the country,” she said. “The vision and the dream is a bully free Canada and we are on our way.”


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“The Great Kindness Challenge.”

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Smile at 25 people. Hold the door open for someone. Learn to say “Hello” in a new language.

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smile-face-heartThese are some of the acts Whiteaker Middle School students have been challenged to perform next week.

Using a 50-item checklist, the students have been challenged to do as many kind deeds as possible in one week as part of the national anti-bullying campaign,be_kind_to_me “The Great Kindness Challenge.”

One out of every four students, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics, reports being bullied during the school year, most often concerning their looks, race or body shape; yet one study showed 64 percent of those bullied did not report it.

An assembly on Friday kicked off the challenge week, which will run Jan. 25 through Jan. 28.

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Students will have the opportunity to take part in daily activities during lunch. They can make kindness posters for their lockers, sign a poster for their feeder elementary schools and write thank-you cards for staff.

They will also be able to write their names on slips of paper, which will all be connected into a chain symbolizing all the individuals committing to ending bullying and promoting kindness. Since the feeder schools have already held their challenge weeks, the middle school students will be adding their links to about 1,000 already created.

The Great Kindness Challenge started at a school in California in 2012. It has spread to nearly 200 schools.

This is the second year Whiteaker has participated in the challenge.

“The whole idea is to have a positive attitude about kindness, instead of a focus on bullying,” said Tami Badinger, vice principal of Whiteaker. “There is already enough negativity.”

Students took a pledge in the gymnasium Friday afternoon, beginning, “I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way; I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day …”

To introduce the students to the challenge, the eighth-grade leadership class did different skits, games and activities.

They began by changing the ending to a few memorable stories.

For instance, Captain Kindness, a superhero of the challenge, went through traditional stories and spread kindness:

When the big, bad wolf was about to huff and puff and blow the three little piggies’ house down, Captain Kindness told him to stop and do something kind instead, so the wolf brought the pigs some flowers as a housewarming gift.

Captain-America-Captain-America-Captain-America-Smiley-Avengers-smiley-emoticon-001101-facebookWhen Jack fell down the hill, Jill stopped laughing when Captain Kindness pointed out she should help him instead.

And when Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, the spider decided to give her coffee to have with her curds and whey.

The leadership students also showed a couple videos that promoted kind acts.

Whiteaker has partnered with local organizations and businesses, which have donated to the school’s literacy programs for participating in the challenge.

Pat Curran, the school’s counselor, said he hopes to make this a communitywide challenge, including all Salem-Keizer schools and businesses.

“We want to treat everyone with kindness and generosity,” Badinger said. “It can make or break someone’s day.”


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The Courage Game

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Bullies are predators who carefully analyze potential targets.
~ Margaret R. Kohut

4902982345293824The Courage Game, created to support gay youth and rebuke bullying, was one of the feel-good stories of the year. It sprang from the relationship between former pro lacrosse player Andrew Goldstein and 12-year-old Braeden Lange, a gay lacrosse player who contemplated suicide until he found acceptance.

Now Lange and his parents, Mandy and Scott, are trying to lacrosse-emoticonhelp LGBT homeless youth in the Philadelphia area by building a home for them, called the Courage Home. Braeden explained the need for such a home in an email to me:

“I think the Courage Home is so important because over 40% of homeless youth are LGBT and I think that is a big problem. This is, because sometimes, when kids come out, they don’t get supported the way I did and they eventually either get kicked out of their homes, or they choose to leave because of how hard it is.

larcross“A lot of the time when LGBT teens try to stay in a homeless shelter, they experience bullying and don’t get the proper support they need. So if we were to make a homeless shelter for all LGBT youth, it would be a  much more supportive environment than normal homeless shelters. Me and my mom have been working really hard on this but we need all the support we can get because this will actually save lives.”

“We need all the support we can get because this will actually save lives” ~ Braeden Lange

flagge-regenbogen-whirlpool-60x90Braden’s mother, Mandy, said the family is working with the Ali Forney Center in New York for help with development and modeling.braedenlange.0“Right now in Philadelphia there is no shelter specifically for homeless LGBT youth,” she said. “Staying in the shelters for chronically homeless doesn’t feel safe, because there are no supports for what they are going through. These are kids who have been rejected by their families and they need to be in a space that will fill in where they were failed.

The Courage Home would provide emergency and transitional housing and access to all the medical and mental health they need in addition to job or school opportunities. There would be community support and nurturing that would enable them to accept themselves for who they are.”

41tTfs2XomLWhile the family waits for approval on its 501c(3) tax exempt status, it has set up a Go Fund Me page to raise private donations. If you are looking for someplace good to spread some holiday cheer, the Courage Home would be a great choice.

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Hereford school’s unique anti-bullying video

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“People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people, the more we hate ourselves the more we want others to suffer” ~ Dan Pearce

smileys-show-happy-positive-faces_fknqgQvO-298x300EVERY pupil at a Hereford school has taken part in a remake of an iconic Eighties pop track in a bid to spread an anti-bullying message.

More than 400 youngsters at St Paul’s Primary School in Tupsley starred in their own version of The Proclaimers smasher I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).

The four-minute video, called 500 Smiles, was produced with the help of the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC).

Headteacher Andrew Teale said the production has been a hit online, adding all the pupils enjoyed taking part.

“We always try and make a bit of a splash during anti-bullying week to do something memorable for the children to help them think about how they think about each other,” said Mr Teale.

SMILYSLove-Mail-animated-animation-love-smiley-emoticon-000378-facebook“It’s not that we have a huge amount of bullying here but we try to do something that is a bit different and that’s why this time we thought we would do something that involved the whole school.”

Viewers see each school year group performing part of the song before walking from the school’s main hall to the playground.

Mr Teale said the production help provided by the Venns Lane-based RNC was invaluable.

103006574“When doing things like this we always look to our friends at the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), who have helped us before, and they helped out with the technicalities and for that we are very grateful,” he said.

“We thought we would use the 500 Miles tune but with different words which our music co-ordinator came up with.

“The college recorded the audio, which was wonderful in itself, and then the filming was done.

moon-walk“Logistically it’s difficult as we’ve got about 430 pupils. But they loved it, particularly the singing. They showed great enthusiasm.

“We’ve had lots of positive feedback from parents and positive reactions on Twitter and we’ll definitely do something during anti-bullying week again next year.”

The video can be viewed here or you can watch it below

500 Smiles from thechapel on Vimeo.


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Love Yourself – Anti-Bullying Song

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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” — Lao Tzu

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I was bullied through most of my childhood and teens right here in SW Michigan

I didn’t get good grades.  I wasn’t athletic.  I certainly wasn’t attractive.

If a friend set me up with a girl.  They would tell her “Dana has a great personality.”  Which upset me.  To me that meant, “Dana’s the ugliest kid in our school.”

Now that I’m “old man Dana” I realize that I did have a great personality.

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Today a couple of my friends from high school shared this video on Facebook today.  It hit close to home.

This song is very well written and I agree with 100% of these lyrics.

Share this on the facebook profile of anyone you care about that may need it.

Happy Holidays ~ Dana Marshall

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14 Years Old And Living With Asperger’s, Ryan Wiggins Makes Short Film To Document Aftermath Of Bullying

 

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If there are no hero’s to save you, then you be the HERO ~ Denya Kyosht

ryanThis past November, a 14-year-old from the UK, Ryan Wiggins, decided to offer people an immersive, if difficult to watch, look into the consequences of bullying via the release of his short film, “Tomorrow.”

Three minutes long, the video depicts Wiggins, who was diagnosed with a mild form of autism popularly known as Asperger’s syndrome at the age of 10, reflecting on the torment he receives from classmates on a typical day. At one point, in g-sbetween returning home from school and taking his medication, the video even goes so far as to display anonymous text messages to his phone imploring him to kill himself. “How much more of this do I have to take?” Wiggins comments soon after. “When will it end?”

Originally released to coincide with the UK’s National Anti-Bullying Week (Nov. 16 to 20), Wiggins’s video, which he also wrote and produced using his mother’s video camera, a broken tripod, and a selfie stick, has since gone viral, accumulating a quarter-million views and counting on YouTube. It was released through the autism charity organization that Wiggins has previously collaborated with, Anna Kennedy Online .

thespunkercomemoticon“From as early as I can remember, other children seemed to want to have a dig at me. I was constantly teased at primary school, with people calling me names like ‘nerdy’ and ‘gay.’ Once one started, it wouldn’t take long before others joined in,” Wiggins elaborated on his past bullying experience in an interview with the Daily Mail this November. “At worse, they would push me around physically and a couple of kids threatened to beat me up in an alleyway. I tried to toughen up and deal with it, but it gets unbearable after a while.”

7b49533aaea8d1a7683675e3877e6531“I wanted to make a film that shows people just how helpless and isolated you actually feel when people say and do horrible stuff to you over and over again. It wears you down. I think it’s really important we all keep talking about this issue.” Wiggins said. “Putting my feelings onto film was a big step for me, but I hope it will encourage other kids to come forward if they’re being bullied. It’s so important not to suffer in silence.”


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The Truth About Bullying

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“There is a way to allow children to speak their truth, disagree with authority and express their opinions without someone winning and someone losing.”

0dcd6f4e410a34465a2d611913199e50“We create our own reality.” People in spiritual communities nurture each other with daily bits of wisdom ~ nuggets of profoundly sacred truth that explain how powerful each of us truly are. Reminding our fellow seekers that we are not victims, we send encouragement to tap into our infinite and shared intelligence. With each shot of renewed hope and optimism, we help each other to step into the challenges of the day and live in our highest potential.

Sadly, there are many children who begin their day thinking they are miserable failures. The reality of their mind tells them that there is no one to trust, no one who sees or hears them and nothing valuable to strive for. The only time they feel powerful is when they are hurting something or someone weaker who cannot stand up to them. Deep inside they feel alone and unworthy. These are the children who become bullies.

star-emoticon-holding-thumbs-upThere have always been bullies who taunted others, whether in the playgrounds or on the streets. When I was a kid growing up in The Bronx we practiced the mantra, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me.” In today’s world words have taken on a new energy and they are taking a toll on the emotional, spiritual and in some cases, the physical well-being of less empowered children.

Why does it seem like it is getting worse? Because energy is increasing, taking on greater momentum and the need to feel powerful is mirroring the world in which the bully lives.

smiley-puppy-emoticonSo, we are all left wondering what to do about this phenomenon. In order to find a transformational answer, we must look at the similarities between bullies and their victims. The key is in their shared energy.

The sad realization is that at a very deep level neither bullies nor their victims feel good about themselves. The bully hides feelings of worthlessness and emptiness inside while gathering strength and value by creating a ‘gang’ of followers looking for their identity through a collective spirit of meanness.

imagesVictims are often loners who struggle to belong or ‘good kids’ who have been taught to please others. It is challenging for them to connect with their inner strength and bring forth a strong sense of worthiness. They make perfect prey for the bully because on an energetic level the bully can sense the fragility of the other child’s persona.

As a former teacher, it used to amaze me how quickly the bullies identified and stalked their prey. In a school of 1,000 children, it wouldn’t take long for the bully mentality to emerge in the playground and the predators quickly sniffed out the weakest link and identified their victim.

pumkin1Children who are victims feel powerless, frightened and embarrassed by their inability to stand tall in the face of taunts. They often come from good families who strive to instill values and responsibility. What can parents, teachers and society as a whole do to stop the rampant mocking and teasing that goes over the line and begins to rob the victim of his spirit, well-being and at worse, desire to live?

We can attempt to deal with the issue with a sense of force and power. We can treat bullying as something that will not be tolerated. Parents and educators can join forces to create a no tolerance policy that includes taking away cell phones and computer privileges. Bullying on school property can be grounds for suspension. Parents can be held responsible for their child’s behavior. The only problem with this approach is that it escalates the issue at the base of all bullying which is feeling angry and powerless. The child who has been suspended will lose their computer privileges or is punished will just take his revenge underground and find new ways to feel his dominance.

waiting-emoticon-smileyI’m suggesting that we be willing to include another approach. There is a Chinese proverb that says: “Peace in the world begins with peace in our homes. Peace in our homes begins with peace in our hearts.” It is a parent’s duty to be a role model for their children. If we want our children to be kind, understanding and empathetic people they MUST see that behavior modeled for them. You cannot threaten or embarrass children into being kind. While we all want children to be ‘nice’ to each other, there are many children not seeing their parents being ‘nice’ to other people. Now is the time we adults take responsibility for the words we use, the judgments we make, the jokes we crack and the political rhetoric we so freely throw about. Start listening to conversations around the dinner table, while sipping wine or beer on the weekends, at the ball games and while driving in the car. How tolerant are we for people who are different from us? How do we speak about people of different faiths, races, cultural and economic backgrounds or political viewpoints? It is time we adults started to listen to and take responsibility for our own ‘bullying language and attitudes.’

emoticon gif animated smile images 117Parents and teachers can also be more mindful of the messages we give to children about their self-worth and their ability to stand up for themselves. There actually is a way to discipline children so that they do not feel they must always give in to the powerful ones. There is a way to teach ‘nice’ children to be responsible without swiping away their sense of dignity. There is a way to allow children to speak their truth, disagree with authority and express their opinions without someone winning and someone losing. There is a way to live with our children without threats, punishments and loss of dignity. We can all feel a healthy sense of empowerment when challenges are seen as opportunities to grow.

I believe that we can stop generating the emotional environments that create bullies and victims. It begins in our homes, in our schools and most importantly, in our own hearts.

There are many people in the spiritual community who do not have children and I encourage you to send love to all of our young people. They deserve to know what we know, that we all create our own reality and that each of us has the ability to step into our healthy power.
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When you see parents struggling with their children you might gently suggest that there are resources to help them raise successful kids who not only get good grades and clean up their rooms but also really feel good about themselves ~ so good, in fact, that their energy would never line up with the vibration necessary to become either a bully or a victim.


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Is passing Bill C-13 the best way to curb Cyber-Bullying in Canada?

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The world is a Dangerous place, not because of those that do evil, But because of those that look on and do nothing. ~ Albert Einstein

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If passed, the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act would change the way we deal with internet crime. Some say the proposal groups together crimes that have little to do with each other. Others say we need to act fast to protect our kids from cyberbullying. The tragic stories of cyberbullied teen victims Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons resonated with people around the world.

“We will find out who you are. We will make you accountable. We do not forget. We do not forgive. Expect us.” ~ Anonymous

Mac-mac-apple-busy-smiley-emoticon-000712-facebookAnonymous, the international network of computer hackers, even promised to track down the bullies, especially when it looked like governments and police couldn’t.

The parents of the teenagers are now advocates for better legislation against online cruelty. This week, Amanda’s mother, Carol Todd, and Rehtaeh Parson’s father, Glenn Canning, shared their thoughts on The Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act with a House of Commons committee.

reclining-couch-smiley-emoticonSome call the proposal an attack on privacy, and an omnibus bill that bunches together crimes that have little to do with each other. Others say urgent measures are needed to protect children from online predators.

  • Carol Todd is the mother of Amanda Todd, who took her life in 2012 after being bullied online. She was in Vancouver.
  • Glen Canning is the father of Rehtaeh Parsons, who died in 2013 following online harassment. He was in Halifax.

What do you think about Bill C-13?

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Oct. 1 Event Kicks Off Bullying Prevention Month

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-king-of-the-worldNo government has the right to tell its citizens when or whom to love. The only queer people are those who don’t love anybody. ~ Rita Mae Brown ~


be-an-heroHYDE PARKThe Mediation Center of Dutchess County will kick off National Bullying Prevention Month with a public forum on the issue Oct. 1. The forum, entitled “Bullying Prevention: A Community Conversation,” will start at 6 p.m. at the Henry A. Wallace Center on the Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site.

smiling-emoticon-giving-thumbs-upPanelists will include Lizette Hernandez, aide to U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, whose district includes parts of Dutchess and Ulster counties; Rob Conlon, chair of the Ulster sub-chapter of GLSEN (Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network) of the Hudson Valley; Marie Dynes, prevention coordinator of the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene, Meghan Kling, Esq., Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, and Melissa Lawson, principal of the Ralph R. Smith Elementary School in Hyde Park. Students, faculty and staff at the school have undergone anti-bullying training provided by the Mediation Center.

Questions that will be posed and answered at the forum include:

  • What is the difference between conflict and bullying?
  • What are the best practices to prevent and respond to bullying?
  • What community resources are available?

1318753hrho4qy6r8Mediation Center Executive Director Jody Miller said the forum was organized in response to numerous requests from members of the public to learn more about how bullying affects our children and how it can be combated and prevented. “Since we began the Anti-Bullying Initiative in 2012, we’ve learned much about best practices in bullying prevention as well as the myths and misunderstandings. We, in collaboration with smilie_tanz_073our partners, look forward to sharing this information with our community in response to the many requests we’ve had about bullying.

For more information, contact Miller or Honey Minkowitz, Bullying Prevention Coordinator at 845-47-7213, or visit the organization’s website at “Mediation Centre of Dutches County”.


Article By Kathy Welsh September 29, 2015.



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Prince William Fights Bullying for Charity in Princess Diana’s Name

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Prince William is tackling bullying in schools ~ for a charity in his late mother’s name.

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15_3_41-1On Monday, William, 33, will take part in a training day on the problems facing kids over cyberbullying and LGBT bullying.

Young people trained by the non-profit Diana Award organization identify bullying and share practical tips on prevention.

A Kensington Palace spokesman tells PEOPLE that William has been especially interested in the group’s Ambassadors program: He visited Diana Award Ambassadors in South Shields, northeast England, in 2013. “He hopes it will help de-stigmatize bullying issues in schools,” his spokesman says.

smiley-king-23118707“He particularly likes the idea of a peer-led support network to prevent any child or young person suffering in silence,” adds his spokesman. “And that’s what he’s keen to see in action on Monday.”

Part of that is a “high five” ~ identifying five people a child can go to for help. William is expected to observe and take part in the workshops.

Monday’s visit to a school in Hammersmith, West London, is in line with an issue that he and Princess Kate have been jointly championing: the emotional and mental well-being of young people. Last month, a palace source told PEOPLE that the issue “is an area which the Duke is starting to explore as to whether he can help in any way in that sector, while recognizing that there are an awful lot of people doing a lot of great work around it already.”

And on Thursday, Kate kicked off her autumn of royal outings by visiting a mental health charity and school.

queen-smiley-face-869049The Diana Award has been running an anti-bullying campaign since the start of the school term, as that is when feelings of anxiety are often at their highest.

There are currently more than 16,000 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors trained by The Diana Award in 3,000 schools across the U.K. and Ireland.


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Peel board won’t exempt kids from learning about gay families, gender issues

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3_3_1091Director Tony Pontes says the board is willing to lose students over its stance on inclusion issues in the curriculum.


Protests against Ontario's new sex-ed curriculum, being rolled out this fall, are expected to heat up again, with demonstrations on Wednesday outside Liberal MPPs' offices across Ontario. ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO
Protests against Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum, being rolled out this fall, are expected to heat up again, with demonstrations on Wednesday outside Liberal MPPs’ offices across Ontario. ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO
Parents can remove their kids from sex-ed classes for religious reasons, but any requests for students to opt-out of learning about gay families or diverse gender identities won’t be tolerated, says the director of Ontario’s second largest school board — one that expects to be hard hit by protests over the new health curriculum.

The same day as anti-sex-ed rallies were planned outside Liberal MPP offices across the province, Tony Pontes was to tell teachers and superintendents about the Peel board’s tough stand, saying if parents have a problem with such strong support for equity and inclusion, the public system may not be right for them.

“Let’s be clear: Some in our community may not like this,” he says in a speech to be given Wednesday morning, a copy of which was provided to the Star.
After noting the 905-area board is opening its first gender-neutral washroom at a high school as well as introducing a new gender identity guideline for educators, some parents “may choose to switch school systems … if so, that is a price we must be willing to pay.

99642“We cannot — we will not — by action or inaction endorse discrimination,” said Pontes, who cited Ontario’s Human Rights Code as applying to people of all sexual orientation and gender identity. “Supported by legal opinion, bolstered by our core values, I would no more say yes to someone wanting a child excluded because of a discussion about LGBTQ than I would a discussion about race or gender.”

He said that while some parents do have “genuine concerns” that the board will work to address, critics of the updated sex-ed curriculum have used it to “raise fear, generate untruths and build constituencies of protest based on false information. I find that unconscionable.”

Since the new curriculum was announced, opponents, made up mainly of different faith groups, have tried to derail it, labelling it age-inappropriate, radical and even immoral — arguing parents should be the ones providing such information, and at a time when they feel their children are ready.

Thousands have taken part in several protests, and kept their children home from school for a week last May. Some even refused to allow their kids to participate in the anti-bullying “Day of Pink,” believing it promoted homosexuality.

On Wednesday, protesters were to target MPP offices around the province demanding that the curriculum be dropped. As well, a Sept. 2 letter sent by the Canadian Families Alliance to the Ministry of Education outlines several concerns and asks for a public debate on the issue, saying now is the time to “amend and enhance the curriculum before it is fully implemented across the province.”

The government, meanwhile, has stepped up its promotion of the new curriculum, with YouTube videos airing on television over the next month, as the school year starts up.

Some anonymous materials, distributed to families by groups unknown, have incorrectly said sex education offers how-to classes on masturbation and homosexuality; parents have also objected to teaching masturbation as “healthy,” or their children learning about oral or anal sex — none of which is actually a mandatory part of the curriculum, though it could be discussed.

The health curriculum had last been updated in 1998. Until now, Ontario has been teaching students with the most outdated information of any province in the country. The updated version was first introduced in 2010, but then abandoned by former premier Dalton McGuinty because of the outcry from a vocal minority.

smileys-school-129437Parents are free to keep their children home from school at any time, but because equity is woven into all subject areas and may also spontaneously arise during classroom discussion, it is near-impossible for kids to avoid it.
“So, some parents may ask, ‘Don’t you respect my values?’” Pontes also said. “Yes — but that does not mean we will de facto endorse those values by providing an in-school accommodation.”

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Details of Ontario’s new health curriculum

  • Grade 1: Students learn about body parts and genitalia, with possible examples: penis, testicles, vagina, vulva. Could be as simple as “boys have penises and girls have vaginas,” or more detailed, depending on the resources teachers use.
  • Grade 2: Students will learn the basic states of human development including how their bodies change as they grow.
  • Grade 3: First mention of homosexuality, within the context of being respectful of differences. Teachers may talk about families that have two moms or two dads.
  • Grade 4: Kids learn about puberty and the body and emotional changes it brings, also personal hygiene. Topics also include online safety (including text messaging as well as warnings about sending sexy pictures).
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  • Grade 5: Students learn about reproductive systems, menstruation and sperm production, as well as emotions and stress during puberty.
  • Grade 6: Healthy relationships and sexual consent are major issues covered. If a student asks about masturbation, a teacher could respond by saying: “Things like wet dreams or vaginal lubrication are normal and happen as a result of physical changes with puberty. Exploring one’s body by touching or masturbating is something that many people do and find pleasurable. It is common and is not harmful and is one way of learning about your body.”
  • Grade 7: Students are warned about sexting, and learn about sexually transmitted diseases and discuss delaying sexual activity “until they are older (e.g., choosing to abstain from any genital contact; choosing to abstain from having vaginal or anal intercourse; choosing to abstain from having oral-genital contact); the reasons for not engaging in sexual activity; the concept of consent and how consent is communicated; and, in general, the need to communicate clearly with each other when making decisions about sexual activity in the relationship.” Birth control is also covered. Anal intercourse and oral sex may be discussed, but are not mandatory parts of the curriculum.

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Article By: Kristin Rushowy Education Reporter, Source: Toronto Star files, Ministry of Education ~ Published on Wed Sep 02 2015


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