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Kiss Bullying Goodbye

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

In case you didn’t already know, October is National Bullying Awareness month – a time dedicated to increasing bullying prevention and decreasing the amount of bullying-related suicides. In support of the cause, beauty company Soap & Glory has teamed up with Stomp Out Bullying (the leading anti-bullying program in the U.S.) to create the Proud Mouth Campaign. The new campaign encourages everyone to not only respect, but also celebrate others’ similarities and differences by being cautious of their words and actions.

Over the next year, Soap & Glory will donate $1 from every sale of Baby Doll Sexy Mother Pucker plumping gloss ($15; sephora.com) to help fund the Stomp Out Bullying Helpchat, a live and confidential chat line available for 13 to 24-year-olds facing bullying issues. Every purchase gets this team closer to reaching its $25,000 goal—and making kids feel a whole lot safer. 

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October Is National Bullying Prevention Month

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Bullying and its technological twin, cyberbullying, are still ever-present news topics.  As the year progresses, some schools are implementing anti-bullying policies while others are still making sense of tragic suicides.

Since October is also National Bullying Prevention Month (along with Breast Cancer Awareness and Down Syndrome Awareness), we want to bring you our latest resources for stopping bullying and cyberbullying.

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In other news, the Interactive Autism Network is also launching a nationwide survey that will study how bullying affects children with autism.  Since children with autism are vulnerable and frequent targets of bullying, IAN is looking for parents to share their stories in order to educate teachers and school administrators.

Plus, a free new iPhone/iPad app called BeSeen is now available, geared for kids 11 and up.  The mobile app acts as an educational game that simulates a social networking site.  Kids navigate a school year through a Facebook-like environment, learning how to interact with others in positive ways, how to protect personal and private information, and how to guard against cyberbullying.  Learn more about the product at PlayBeSeen.com.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

CNN Study: Schoolyard Bullies Not Just Preying on the Weak
A new study commissioned by CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°” found that the stereotype of the schoolyard bully preying on the weak doesn’t reflect reality in schools.

‘Unions’ Empower Parents to Push for Reform
Shoehorned into a small living room in a South Los Angeles apartment, a dozen parents discuss why their kids’ school ranks as one of the worst in the nation’s second-largest school district.

Parents Arrested for Sneaking Kids into Better Schools
Parents in four different states have been arrested this last year for sending their children to public schools outside their boundaries, according to a recent op-ed by Micheal Flaherty.

When Your Baby Disappears — And All Eyes Turn To You
It can’t be any fun being the mother of missing baby Lisa Irwin right now. First, Deborah Bradley discovered her 10-month-old blue-eyed daughter was missing from the family’s Missouri home. Then, all eyes turned to her.

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Actress Marlo Thomas Speaking Out Against Bullying

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

marlo-thomas-freetobeMarlo Thomas, the actress and activist behind the “Free to Be…You and Me” movement that helped kids to be proud of their individual personalities and culturally diverse personalities, is speaking out against bullying.

Kevin Jacobsen, the father of a bullied teen, inspired Thomas when he wrote to her.  Jacobsen had started a website, KindnessAboveMalice.org, in honor of his 14-year-old son, Kameron, who committed suicide in 2010 as a result of the bullying.  In an article for the Huffington Post, Thomas urges parents to be more aware and involved in their children’s lives.  After speaking to Kevin Jennings, the assistant deputy secretary at the Department of Education, the actress shares how certain questions can help parents determine if their child is being bullied:

  • Does your child not want to ride the school bus any more?
  • Does your child often wake in the morning complaining about stomach aches and asking to stay home from school?
  • Are your child’s friends not coming around so much any more?
  • Has your child stopped receiving invitations to parties?

The most important and helpful thing parents can do is initiate conversations about bullying, especially since most kids are ashamed and embarrassed to tell their parents.  Instead of letting kids handle the bullying alone, parents need to step in and support them through every crisis and to continue carrying the “Free to Be” message of acceptance and tolerance.

Read more about bullying on Parents.com

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White House Debuts StopBullying.gov

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

The White House announced today that StopBullying.gov has been launched, a new government-funded website that will be an online resource for kids, parents, and educators that will explain bullying and cyberbullying and provide information on how to prevent and protect against bullying.

As part of the all-day White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, U.S. Secretary of Eduation Arne Duncan and Assistant Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Kevin Jennings, shared some of the initiatives that have been implemented to support schools across the nation dealing with bullying.

Since 2010, federal funds and grants have been provided to 11 schools with deep-rooted bullying problems, and the grants also include a survey for students give them a voice to address bullying openly.  A “Dear Colleague” letter was also sent to schools to address how bullying violates civil rights and a memo was distributed to revise state policies on bullying.

With the launch of StopBullying.gov, the White House encourages parents to be vigilant about having open conversations and giving them guidance on bullying.

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Daily News Roundup

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupToddler Landon Schultz Eats Only 5 Foods or Goes Into Shock
Fallon Schultz, a 28-year-old clinical social worker from Howell, N.J., has known since her son Landon was two weeks old that something was wrong. He had horrible eczema and would scream day and night, projectile vomiting after feeding as if he were allergic to her own breast milk. [ABC News]

Bullying Issue Reaches White House Stage
In the wake of increased national attention to the problem of bullying President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting the first ever White House conference on the issue Thursday. [Field Notes-MSNBC]

European Cereal Boxes Linked to Cancer Not a Danger for U.S. Consumers
A few of the brands implicated in the new study, which was conducted by toxicologists in Switzerland, also sell in the United States. This raises an urgent question: Could cereal boxes give you or your children cancer? [Yahoo News]

Happiest in Hawaii: Aloha State Tops Well-Being List
Sun and waves might be good for the soul, according to a new national survey naming Hawaii as tops in well-being among U.S. states — but the sunshine doesn’t necessarily elbow out Northern Lights and snow, as Alaska also made the top 10 happiest states list. [Yahoo News]

Pretty In Pink: ‘Mom Prom’ High School Fashions Extravaganza Benefits Charity
Forget fashion week. The coolest catwalk may not be in Paris or Milan. In Canton, Mich., women were strutting their stuff from the best of Mom Prom 2011, sashaying down aisle in their prom best. [ABC News]

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White House Will Address Bullying on March 10

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

bullying-classSince bullying (and cyberbullying) is an ongoing, escalating issue, the White House will be holding a conference call on Thursday, March 10 to address ways to prevent it. 

Yesterday, the Office of the Press Secretary shared a statement that President Obama, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services will be holding a Conference on Bullying Prevention.  The conference will be an open dialgoue for students, parents, teachers, communities, and others who have been affected by bullying or are working to stop it. 

More about bullying on Parents.com

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