October is Bullying Prevention Month

National Bullying Prevention Month was started to bring attention to the on-going problem of bullying, and to help kids, teachers and parents find ways to counteract and stop bullying behavior. The movement has gained momentum recently with the help of well-known television personalities Ellen Degeneres and Anderson Cooper, who have drawn attention to the problem by highlighting bullying on their shows.

The web site Empowering Parents recently interviewed Peggy Moss, author of Say Something and an activist against bullying. She says:

“Many people out there think that adults are making too much of a fuss about it, that we should leave kids to their own devices. We know better now… I have talked to 80-year-olds who remember the name of the person who tormented them in school, and the name of the child who stood up for them in first grade. This is pain that has lasted a lifetime. We have the information to stop bullying now, so why wouldn’t we?”

Youth Services Assistant Karen Seghers has put together a comprehensive display of materials about bullying for kids of varying ages. Located near juvenile fiction, the display will remain through the end of October.

There are also great information resources on-line, including the following:

StopBullying.govRecognizing the Warning Signs and Effects of Bullying are important information for all community members

The Bully Project — it’s a documentary first, to be released this winter, about 5 families affected by bullying. It’s also a grassroots movement to help communities turn bullying around.

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center — lots of great, specific ideas for actions you can take right now to reduce and prevent bullying.

Stomp Out Bullying — gives a brief overview of what bullying is and lists specific situations and coping strategies.

Stop Bullying: Speak Up — by Cartoon Network has a lot of interactive games, videos, and activities to help kids practice their anti-bullying skills.

Barnes & Noble — has a page dedicated to book lists, author interviews, and good articles about bullying. Great content.

Look for specific programs in the schools, too. Manchester Middle School is planning anti-bullying events for November, and has a longer list of helpful resources for kids and parents available at their web site.

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About Heather Sturm

Director at Manchester District Library
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