Putting a stop to bullying

As an e-learning consultant for Children’s Health Education Center, I help teachers, counselors and administrators deliver BlueKids.org health education programs.

No topic is closer to my heart than bullying prevention. As adults, most of us can recall witnessing or even engaging in bullying behavior when we were young. Some of us even know what it’s like to be the victim, to be scared, to not want to go to school for fear of torment and abuse.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, victimized youth are at increased risk for mental health problems and poor school adjustment. Youth who bully others are at increased risk for substance use, academic problems and violence later in life.

Here are some of the warning signs that your child may be bullied:

  • Damaged or missing clothing or belongings.
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches.
  • Loss of interest in school.
  • Changes in sleeping and eating habits.
  • Changes in social life.

Stopping bullying behavior is imperative to the health of the victims and the bullies themselves. Last year, Children’s Health Education Center worked with schools to reach more than 15,000 middle school students with our bullying prevention program, Act Now!

Act Now! addresses physical, verbal, emotional and cyber bullying, plus sexual harassment, through a series of five engaging e-learning lessons in sixth grade, and reinforcing lessons in seventh and eighth grades. It features interactive role-playing, video segments and fun educational games.

This program is being offered free to Wisconsin schools. Ask your children’s teacher or principal if Act Now! is right for your school. For more information, contact Children’s Health Education Center at (414) 765-9355 or chec@chw.org.

Parents, read this guide to learn how you can stop bullying and raise responsible, caring children.

~ Clay Anton, e-learning consultant, Children’s Health Education Center

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