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Monday, October 3, 2016

TODAY is #BlueShirtDay2016! Together we can @STOMPOutBullyng! #GoBlue2EndBullying2016

* This post is brought to you by the Stomp Out Bullying campaign. All opinions are mine. *

Today is a very important day I believe in our world as it is today. It can be such a scary world to send our children off to school. Bullying has become such an issue especially with social media so prevalent now. My son has already experience bullying in his school and he is only a 1st grader! And there are definitely adults that are still bullies as well!

And today we want to be a part of the solution! October is National Bullying Prevention Month and TODAY October 3rd is Blue Shirt Day® World Day Of Bullying Prevention! I don't want to be afraid to send my children to school or worry if they are being bullied! Let's be a part of the solution by spreading awareness of bullying and work together to eliminate it!

This year, my family is Standing Up and making a difference by raising awareness about bullying prevention! My children and I are wearing our Blue Shirts all day to remind others to be kind and STOMP OUT Bullying!

From little on, I have taught my children that all people are different but also special in our own ways. I want my children to appreciate the difference we all have from each other instead of seeing it as something to make fun of or bully about.

Below I have included some tips about recognizing the signs of bullying with your child. These are from which have many other awesome tip sheets!

Signs Your Child Is Being Bullied

Bullying is an intentional, aggressive and repeated behavior that involves an imbalance of power or strength.
It can take several forms:
  • Physical (hitting, punching, beating)
  • Verbal (teasing, name calling, threats)
  • Emotional (intimidation using gestures, social exclusion, threats)
  • Sexual
  • Racist Bullying
  • Cyberbullying (Online harassment, hate messages, threats, impersonation, and other digital abuse)
  • Hazing                                                                                                                                                                           

Warning Signs:

• Your child comes home with torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings
• Has unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches
• Has few, if any friends, with whom he or she spends time
• Seems afraid of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the school bus, or taking part in organized activities with peers
• Finds or makes up excuses as to why they can’t go to school
• Takes a long out of the way route when walking to or from school
• Has lost interest in school work or suddenly begins to do poorly in school
• Appears sad, moody, teary, or depressed when he or she comes home
• Complains frequently of headaches, stomachaches or other physical ailments
• Has trouble sleeping or has frequent bad dreams
• Experiences a loss of appetite
• Appears anxious and suffers from low self-esteem
Note: Children with disabilities may be at a higher risk of being bullied than other children.
What to do if you suspect your child is a victim of bullying
The above signs are signs of bullying but are also signs of other abuse as well. If your child displays any of these signs talk with them and talk with the school staff to learn more about what’s going on.
When talking with your child, don’t just ask if they’re being bullied.

We are all different, but if we all Stand Up as 1, no one Stands alone! 1 by 1 we can change the world, it's up to us!

So let’s join together today and EVERYDAY to put an end to bullying, cyberbullying, other digital abuse, hatred, racism and homophobia and STOMP Out Bullying everywhere! In schools, communities, at work, & on social media pages!

Today, wear a BLUE Shirt to raise awareness & put an end to bullying & STOMP Out Bullying everywhere!  GO BLUE today and make it the day bullying prevention is heard around the world.

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* This post is brought to you by Stomp Out Bullying campaign. All opinions are mine. *