National Bullying Prevention Month - October

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Join over 4,500 people who have already downloaded SAMHSA’s free KnowBullying mobile app and help support bullying prevention this October. Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship and help prevent bullying.

The time you spend will help boost your children’s confidence and build effective strategies for facing bullying—whether children are being bullied, engaging in bullying, or witnessing bullying.

Take a few minutes and “check in,” by asking about school, their friends, and any challenges they face. KnowBullying has simple conversation starters to begin a discussion with your child.

App Features:

  • Conversation Starters: Start easy, meaningful conversations with your children.
  • Tips: Learn strategies to prevent bullying for ages 3—6, 7—13, and teens.
  • Warning Signs: Recognize if your child is engaging in bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying.
  • Reminders: Talk with your child when the time feels right: a quiet moment on the way to school or a game, during dinner, or relaxing outside.
  • Social Media: Share successful strategies and useful advice via Facebook, Twitter, email, and text messages.
  • Section for Educators: Prevent bullying in the classroom and support children who are being bullied.

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The theme for the month is “The End of Bullying Begins With Me.” During the month, schools and communities are encouraged to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement. Resources for the month, including Unity Day on Oct. 22, are available from Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center. In Pennsylvania, the Center for Safe Schools offers resources, training and technical assistance on bullying prevention. You can also read about other bullying prevention efforts in Pennsylvania in the September 2014 edition of the PA CASSP Newsletter.

Bullying Prevention Online Learning Series
During the 2014-2015 school year, the Center for Safe Schools is sponsoring a live online learning series on bullying prevention. These webinars are held every third Thursday of the month, beginning October 16, 2014, from 3:00-4:15 p.m.

Dates and topics:

  • October 16: Attentive on the Journey: Engaging Parents in Children’s Learning, Development and Bullying Prevention
  • November 20: Victimization and Trauma
  • December 18: SEL Rubric
  • January 15: The Role of Physicians in Bullying Prevention, Intervention & Recovery
  • February 19: Dating Violence
  • March 19 and April 16: to be announced
  • May 21: Bullying in Sports

The webinars are supported with funding from the Highmark Foundation. Act 48 professional development credit is available for teachers and administrators who attend the entire session.
More information and recordings of past webinars 

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