White House Conference on Bullying Prevention

by Eleven 10. March 2011 10:13

Ahead of the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention which will be held March 10, 2011 at the White House, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama took to the internet with an anti-bullying video message.  The President and first lady were featured in a video on the Facebook StopBullying.gov ( www.facebook.com/stopbullying.gov ) site explaining that bullying is unacceptable and that each of us has a responsibility to help stop bullying and to ensure that our kids treat each other with respect.  In the video the President explains, "For a long time, bullying was treated as an unavoidable part of growing up. But more and more, we're seeing how harmful it can be for our kids, especially when it follows them from their school to their phone to their computer screen."  While some kids, parents, teachers, and coaches will be at the White House for the event, all are invited to watch the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention March 10, 2011 beginning at 10:30a at facebook.com/stopbullying.gov.

Recognizing the Warning Signs (from stopbullying.gov)

There are many warning signs that could indicate that someone is involved in bullying, either by bullying others or by being bullied.  However, these warning signs may indicate other issues or problems, as well.  If you are a parent or educator, learn more about talking to someone about bullying.

Being Bullied

  • Comes home with damaged or missing clothing or other belongings
  • Reports losing items such as books, electronics, clothing, or jewelry
  • Has unexplained injuries
  • Complains frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or feeling sick
  • Has trouble sleeping or has frequent bad dreams
  • Has changes in eating habits
  • Hurts themselves
  • Are very hungry after school from not eating their lunch
  • Runs away from home
  • Loses interest in visiting or talking with friends
  • Is afraid of going to school or other activities with peers
  • Loses interest in school work or begins to do poorly in school
  • Appears sad, moody, angry, anxious or depressed when they come home
  • Talks about suicide
  • Feels helpless
  • Often feels like they are not good enough
  • Blames themselves for their problems
  • Suddenly has fewer friends
  • Avoids certain places
  • Acts differently than usual

Bullying Others

  • Becomes violent with others
  • Gets into physical or verbal  fights with others
  • Gets sent to the principal's office or detention a lot
  • Has extra money or new belongings that cannot be explained
  • Is quick to blame others
  • Will not accept responsibility for their actions
  • Has friends who bully others
  • Needs to win or be best at everything



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