Dallas Reading and Language Services to Ask Children to ‘Be A Star Not A Bully’
Kids to get chance to sign pledge for National Bullying Prevention Month
(DALLAS, October 2, 2015) – October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and there’s no better time to address bullying behavior in the classroom, while online and, in the community.
Bullying remains a widespread problem with nearly 30 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S. reporting some experience with bullying, whether as the victim, the bully or both, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration.
There are a all sorts of emotional effects that can result from bullying such as depression and anxiety. There are also physical effects as well, like headaches and stomachaches, and sleep problems.
PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) initiated National Bullying Prevention Month in 2006. Since then, students, schools, and others around the world have come together against bullying in October to raise awareness and encourage people to take action. National Bullying Prevention Month is supported by hundreds of schools, major corporations, celebrities, and clinics like Dallas Reading and Language Services.
In an effort to help prevent bullying and to educate parents, children, guardians, and educators, for the month of October our clinic’s therapists will be giving each child they see an opportunity to take a stand to “Be A Star Not a Bully” by signing a pledge to stand against bullying.
After signing the pledge, the therapist will add a star to a poster in our waiting room advocating and end to bullying. By the end of October, we hope to have the poster filled with stars. Additionally, Dallas Reading and Language Services will be offering tips, tools, resources, personal stories, video clips, etc. online and at our Dallas office, all month long in October.
We also will all wear orange in our office on Unity Day, October 21, 2015.