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R.O.C.K. Campaign: Texas Schools Are Not Wasting Time In Bullying Battle

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Keller ISD Launches Aggressive Anti-Bullying Campaign

By Annie Potasznik & Arezow Doost | CBSDFW.COM |October 7, 2013 9:05 PM

KELLER (CBSDFW.COM) – Pushing. Shoving. Derogatory slurs and gossip… whether physical or verbal, bullying can bruise a child or young adult’s ego well into adulthood. Research has shown how devastating the effects of bullying are. Children who were bullied often suffer from psychiatric troubles into adulthood compared to those who weren’t bullied. They may have difficulty holding down a job. The seeds of fear and anxiety planted by incessant humiliation may lead to poor relationship choices as adults resulting in abuse. It’s a serious issue, one that students in the Keller Independent School District want to raise awareness with an aggressive new anti-bullying campaign.

“Reaching Out With Character And Kindness” or “ROCK,” is a campaign, which includes a reality TV-style video to advocate for victims of bullies. Thirty-three-thousand students joined hands at schools across the district last month in a show of solidarity.

For more information about “ROCK” click here.

(credit: CBS 11 News)

(credit: CBS 11 News)

“It means that we are all one team together and that we are alike and we shouldn’t bully each other,” said eight grade student Morgan Gutchess.

The district is taking a stand with support from students, faculty and parents. They want to encourage respect collectively for all students. The District believes bullying, discrimination, intimidation, violence and other similar disruptive behavior are detrimental to the establishment of a safe and civil learning environment.

“It symbolizes that we are all friends. We are equal. I can’t hurt you. If I’m going to hold your hand here I’m going to say that we are friends and I’m not going to turn around and do something mean to you,” said educator Dorothy Loftin.

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October 10, 2013: Invitation to Light Up the World Purple for Amanda and the largest Mental Health & Anti-Bullying Campaign

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In the wake of the growing number of school shootings, the evidence of over-medicating children in foster care, the alarming incidents of the use of child restraints in schools and the shocking cases of bullycides, ISEPP’s conference organizers placed a priority on developing our annual conference around child-centered topics.

As a volunteer for ISEPP, I actively engage mental health advocates to contribute to our social networks and the topics of bullying, cyberbullying and bullycides are ones many of our past conferences have included presentations on.   It is extremely heartbreaking to hear of young children and teens who commit suicide after enduring bullying and recently it was confirmed that 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick from Lakeland, FL did commit suicide after being victimized by peer cyberbullying for almost two  years.

I am honored to share information about the extraordinary bullying prevention efforts of Carol Todd, founder of the Amanda Todd Legacy.   Below is the Facebook invitation from Carol Todd to participate in what is hoped to be, one of the world’s largest ‘official movement events’ and show of support towards World Mental Health Day on October 10th 2013 alongside a much needed Anti Bullying stance.

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Learn How to Stop Bullying: ABC News Interview of A4K, The Ambassadors for Kids Club. a4kclub.org

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Stop Bullying! School Video as part of A4K, The Ambassador for Kids Club’s National Program

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Peer mediation: Take a Look at a Cool School

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This is the product of a budding, young film director, Rachael Bigelow, a 3rd year student at AUT studying a Bachelor of Communication, majoring in television.

The Peace Foundation (Foundation for Peace Studies Aotearoa/New Zealand) offersinnovative and quality programmes,          services and resources that are used in many schools, homes and          communities – both in New Zealand and overseas. It helps to establish          and maintain peaceful and non-violent relationships by teaching skills          that encourage better communication, co-operation and          non-violent conflict resolution.

The Peace Foundation draws on the knowledge, skills and energy of a          team of highly qualified and experienced individuals who are committed          to meeting the aims of the organisation – a number of whom are          acknowledged both nationally and internationally for the role they have          played and are playing in creating a more peaceful world.

The Peace Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation and relies on          public support for its work. It has been a membership organisation since          it was established in 1975.

 

Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme
The Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme is a whole schools programme that was developed in 1991. It aims to train students in the skills of mediation and conflict resolution, whereby children learn to mediate conflict amongst their peers. It is now in over half of the schools throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand.

The Bullying Forum – A Serious Problem

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PART 1 OF 5: Bullying in New Zealand schools is a serious problem and notoriously hard to detect, but there is a solution says Dr Janis Carroll-Lind of the Children’s Commission.  She also explains why it’s just as important to help the bullies as well as the victims of bullying.
For more on the Mental Health Foundation’s Bullying Forum  visit: http://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/newsletters/view/article/19/251/summer-2010/

The Bullying Forum – From Bully To Peacemaker

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Jonnie Black started out as a high school troublemaker, but after being introduced to a mediation programme run by the Peace Foundation at his school, he’s now studying to be an international diplomat.