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Wisconsin farm teaches bullying prevention with Spookley the Square Pumpkin

October 17, 2016

Schairer’s Autumn Acres in Birnamwood, Wisc., is incorporating the Spookley Farm Program into its activities this season. Spookley, a square pumpkin in a round pumpkin world, is the official Spokespumpkin of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month.

The story is incorporated into the farm’s smaller corn maze for young children, as well as other family activities. Karen Shairer talked about the farm’s bullying prevention efforts on WSAW, the CBS affiliate in Wausau, Wisc.

The Spookley Farm Program is part of an educational toolkit created by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to complement The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano.


Zero tolerance might sound good, but combating bullying can be as simple as speaking up

October 17, 2016

I was in sixth grade, eating lunch with a friend I wanted to impress, when another girl from our class came over to compliment my shirt. Instead of responding with gratitude, I made an insulting, unkind comment about her body. The next day, I discovered from a teacher the damage I had done to that girl. I had acted like a bully.

Or had I? Some professionals may not have defined my action as bullying but rather as meanness, for it was a single comment – cruel nevertheless – delivered on only one occasion. But could it have turned into something more had a caring teacher not stepped into the picture?

Julie Hertzog, Director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center was interviewed for this article written by teen author, Sydney Pope.

Read the article.


Raise Your Voice

October 14, 2016

Cyberbullying impacts millions of kids around the world. It’s time to #RaiseOurVoices because our words have the power to help heal. Norton has created this powerful film to encourage starting the important conversation with your child about online bullying. Visit the website.


Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Helping to Create Supportive Communities

October 13, 2016

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Miss America’s Outstanding Teen is supporting National Bullying Prevention Month with a nationwide effort to wear orange on Unity Day. In conjunction with MAOTeen’s #BeSelfless campaign, which challenges kids to post fewer selfies on social media and share more selfless acts of kindness instead, MAOTeen titleholders from across the country will wear orange on Unity Day, October 19, and post “orange” photos on social media to show support for those who have experienced bullying.

“Using the hashtags #UnityDay2016 and #BeSelfless, we can help to create a supportive community on social media that is united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion,” says Nicole Jia, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2017. Additional information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization can be found at www.maoteen.org.



Disney #ChooseKindness Partners with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center

October 7, 2016

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OH MY DISNEY celebrates #ChooseKindness with this video featuring clips from favorite Disney moments to the tune of “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me.”

Watch the clip.


Sara Ramirez wore the exclusive “Be United for Kindness, Acceptance, and Inclusion” T-shirt at LOSERVILLE premiere

October 7, 2016

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Loserville takes place during Chuck MacDonald’s (Chris Bellant) senior year in high school, which isn’t living up to even his limited expectations. He is humiliated because his mom Evelyn (Stanchfield) is dating his gym teacher, Coach Casey Harris (McGorry). His true love, Melissa (Natalie Hall), barely acknowledges his existence. And his plan to win Melissa over by befriending her sister, Mary (Sarah Jes Austell) gets complicated by bullying that’s the talk of the school.

“It is a really unique take on the teen movie genre, and it’s full of laughter,” Ramirez tells Parade.com of the film that marks her producing debut. “It’s very funny, and while it’s full of laughs, it’s also tackling really important issues like bullying, identity, and self-expression faced by teens today. I think it really will resonate, and it’s a very inclusive cast, I’m proud to say, and so I’m just really excited about it.”

Loserville, currently in theaters and available on VOD, in partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Bullying Prevention Month this October.

See the full article in Parade | Order the shirt


StopBullying.gov recognizes PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month

October 7, 2016

A recent blog on StopBullying.gov recognizes October as national Bullying Prevention Month marking the 10th anniversary of its initiation by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. StopBullying.gov is a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. These federal partners in bullying prevention ask that everyone take time this month to become more aware of the serious consequences of bullying and to learn more about what you can do prevent bullying.

Read the full blog.


Under an Arch of Orange Balloons

October 6, 2016

Speak Out Against Bullying, Inc., sponsored an energy-filled kick-off to National Bullying Prevention Month on October 3rd at Exterra Charter Elementary School in Los Angeles. Over 500 students, faculty, staff, and parents joined the LAPD as well as representatives from local government and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to pledge that “the end of bullying begins with me.” Speak Out Against Bullying, Inc., will also sponsor Unity Day celebration on October 19th at Santa Monica Boulevard Charter School with 1,000 students and community partners in addition to bullying prevention assemblies, parent group workshops, and community meetings during the month.

Watch the full newscast | Visit Speak Out Against Bullying website


United for Kindness, Inclusion and Acceptance at PACER’s Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying

October 4, 2016

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Friends of PACER’s seventh annual Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying, presented by the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees brought kids, parents and teachers together Saturday at Mount Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The event kicked off National Bullying Prevention Month, which was founded by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006.

Hosted by FOX 9’s own Jason Matheson of “The Jason Show,” the event also featured Mandy Chick, a 14-year-old race car driver from Kansas who was recently named Missouri State Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and Madeline Van Ert, Miss Minnesota 2016.

Watch the full report.


Disney Mix supports PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month

October 4, 2016

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Disney Mix, a new social messaging app for kids, is supporting PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month by offering free orange sunglasses as an avatar accessory throughout October. This partnership is part of Disney’s #ChooseKindness campaign.

Disney is encouraging its users to display the sunglasses all month long and especially on Unity Day, Oct. 19. That’s the day when people around the world wear and share orange to show their support of those who experience bullying.

The Disney Mix app is available on Apple and Android devices.


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