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Student Getts involved

Here is a video of a student that was being bullied and he decided to stand up and speak up against bullying .

Here is a great FREE way to combat the Cyber Bullying!

I just found this great tool for parents and students.
it is called Google Alert.

You can actually modifye this to work as a notification system if someone is slandering your son or daughter on the internet.

I think every parent should implement this service and it is 100% free!

Create a Bully Free Culture in Your School

I presented a program for the Henry Ford Health System for their School Health Network.  They called the event R.A.P.  City- Resources Are Plentiful “Building Character- Create a Bully Free Culture in Your School.” The event was geared for school social workers, teachers, principals and it was open to several districts in the area.

 They had several awesome presenters at the event. Roberta Davis, Injury Prevention Educator, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Peter Lundgren, President of the Bucket Fillers for Life, Sugarbush Elementary School Health Team presenting their own Character Counts, School wide anti-bullying program and Assistant Principal Pat Donahue of Chippewa Valley Schools presenting his own high school program that his team has created entitled Heros in the Hallway. It was a very enlightening event and I plan to contact each of these presenters in the next few months to record an interview so they can personally share their programs with you.

  I was asked to present our Eliminating the Bullying program that I offer for both teacher and parent groups. We share tips and tools for both the victim and the bully. The last part of the program I discuss working as a team to stifle the bully.  I break them up into three groups 1) a student group, 2) A safety group 3) school staff group.

 The student group are instructed to offer ideas that students can actually implement in the school to end the bullying problem. The group at the R.A.P. City event offered these suggestions:

 1)      Use the bucket filler concept where you do for other and you will also be rewarded.

2)      Continue to reinforce the bullying programs and or implement the school policies when need to help their fellow students.

 The safety group consists of bus drivers, safety squad, crossing guards and parents in the community. The group at the R.A.P. City event offered these suggestions:

 1)      Monitor the bullying on computers (Parents need to be proactive)

2)      Document poor behavior on the bus or outside the school

3)      Praise positive behavior

4)      Have a parent volunteer on the buses to monitor activities

 The staff group consists of teachers, secretarial, custodians, lunchtime personal etc.

The group at the R.A.P. City offered these suggestions:

1)      Be more accessible, proactive and have an open line of communication

2)      Listen more to the students

3)      Don’t jump to conclusions when listening to parents

4)      Staff needs to use the same language when communicating to possible bully students

5)      Ask parents to be volunteer eyes and ears at school events and on the bus

6)      CIA Agent students to secretly document and give information on a bullying situation.

 If you have other ideas you want to share please send a comment or email me at

Article from JT Bohland, “The New Bullying staff writer

Schools use motivational speakers to teach students about effects of bullying

By J.T. Bohland

The New Bullying staff writer

 Motivational speakers are being welcomed to schools across the country in efforts to convey messages about anti-bullying.

 Richard Paul, a bully prevention specialist from Michigan, has been doing educational programs and school assemblies since the early 1990’s and has since traveled to schools throughout the United States and Canada sharing his message of anti-bullying. However, Paul is no ordinary motivational speaker.

 “We all have our bully stories and we’ve all been bullied in some form,” said Paul.

 In fact, Paul was born with a birth defect in which his right arm was underdeveloped and as a result he was bullied all throughout school.

 “The biggest incident I had was when I was in high school,” said Paul. “There was a kid that would slam me against lockers and call me two fingers all the time and I tell kids this story in my program as an example of bullying.”

 However, even with his birth defect, Paul found a unique way to persevere and share his story. At age, 11, he taught himself ventriloquism, a skill that he incorporates into his Duck Sense Bully Prevention Program.

 “I really stuck my neck out when I attempted to use ventriloquism to help deliver anti-bully messages, but I was able to put a program together that’s funny and informative to help the kids learn about bullying,” said Paul.

 Before bullying became a hot topic in schools and in the media, Paul was doing self-esteem, character building and conflict resolution programs until he was inspired to integrate bullying resolution into his programs.

 Over the past three years, Paul has even incorporated a cyber bullying portion to his program due to increases in the severity of bullying online.

 “Cyber bullying has made bullying a 24/7 issue,” said Paul. “A kid can be anywhere bullying a kid now, but what’s interesting is that it’s turned targets into bullies, because they can easily bully back or find another victim to take their anger out on. It’s starting to become an epidemic.”

 In Oklahoma, Brad “Bradini” Evans, also has a cyber bullying segment to his No Bully Zone program to combat the plague.

 “Old school bullying, if you will, was more one on one or in person bullying, but once you were home you were safe,” said Evans. “Now, with cyber bullying you’re not even protected at home.”