A child is bullied every 7 minutes
64% of children do not report it
Over 50% of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes
What is bullying?
Bullying is a very serious problem and poses a threat to children’s social, emotional, and psychological well-being. Students who are bullied often suffer from anxiety, low self-esteem, social isolation, and poor academic performance. In some extreme cases, victims of bullying may contemplate or even commit suicide.
Bullying can take on many forms: threats, malicious teasing, abusive language, sexual harassment, racial or homophobic slurs, and physical harm. Oftentimes bullying is more subtle, but equally damaging to a child. Subtle forms of bullying may include spreading rumors, exclusion from social relationships, posting malicious comments on social media sites, and other forms of passive-aggressive behavior.
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What is your YWCA doing about bullying?
The YWCA Aurora is stepping up to the challenge to end bullying and cyberbullying through our innovative programs offered to Aurora area schools.
The PEACE PROGRAM is a bullying prevention initiative based on the nationally recognized Second Step program, and designed specifically for 3-5th grade students. In partnership with local schools, we teach social and emotional skills to Aurora students in before, during and after-school programs. We also work with various community groups to provide children with engaging workshops and activities that instill empathy and emotional coping mechanisms in students.
We are here to help
The YWCA Aurora has numerous resources to help parents, children, teachers, and school administrators. Give us a call at (630) 299-2282 or email Helane' Agharyere, Programs Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Parents: Resources on how to identify bullying and how to help your child. Visit www.stopbullying.gov
Learn about resources available for LGBT children. Visit www.itgetsbetter.org
Kids: A unique site is for kids who have been bullied or have seen bullying and what to make a difference. Visit www.stopbullying.gov/kids
An interactive website to help kids understand how to prevent and report bullying. Visit www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org
Teachers/Schools: Resources provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Visit safesupportivelearning.ed.gov
Learn how to assess bullying in your schools, engage parents and students in preventing bullying, and create policies and rules. Visit www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/at-school
Sources: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/, http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/cyberbullying/cyberbullying_statistics.html, http://simpleacts.org/bullying-prevention/tag/bullying-statistics/, http://www.stopbullying.gov/index.html