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The basics about bullying of students with disabilities

August 24, 2016

The latest edition of Disability Connection, an email newsletter from, provides “10 Things to Know Before Going Back to School.” On the list is the basics about bullying, particularly the bullying of students with disabilities.

The newsletter cites PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and the information it provides about this issue. It encourages parents to teach children to recognize the signs of bullying and take steps to learn about bullying and disabilities.

Children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center offers valuable information, such as statistics, rights and policies, tools for self-advocacy and peer advocacy, guidelines for using person first language, and activities and resources. is the federal government website for comprehensive information about disability-related programs, services, policies, laws, and regulations.

YouTube star honored for work with PACER’s NBPC

August 18, 2016


YouTube star Bethany Mota was honored on Aug. 16 at Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood event for her work with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Bethany has spoken at middle and high schools in the Los Angeles area, sharing her own experience with cyberbullying and empowering students to take action against bullying.

Mota understands that her voice can be powerful, especially among her teen and preteen fans. She currently has 10 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, 3 million on Twitter, and 5 million on Instagram.

Along with being recognized at the Hollywood event, she is featured in Variety’s August issue.

“For me, if I’m not inspiring or helping in some way, I’m not happy,” Mota told the magazine.

Mota’s YouTube videos feature DIY tips and tricks, and she has a line of school supplies at Target. She also has a line of clothing, accessories, and fragrance line at Aéropostale, an upcoming book, and a budding music career.

Mota’s Variety article can be read online. PACER thanks Bethany Mota for her continued support of the National Bullying Prevention Center!

New Kids Against Bullying newsletter available to download

September 13, 2016

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center has published the first issue of its Kids Against Bullying newsletter specially designed for elementary students. It includes lots of information and ideas about National Bullying Prevention Month in October, and how kids can become involved in their own school on Unity Day.

The newsletter can be downloaded from our website and shared in classrooms and libraries. Involve your friends, teachers, coaches, and parents, and unite for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion!

Keep checking back for future issues of the newsletter with more ideas on how to be a Kid Against Bullying.

Download the newsletter

Wear Orange on Unity Day Oct. 19 and Show Your Support!

August 1, 2016


PACER has partnered with CustomInk to launch its sixth annual Be Good to Each Other campaign in support of Unity Day and the 10th anniversary of National Bullying Prevention Month in October. The Be Good to Each Other campaign motivates students, groups, and others to take a stand for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion by designing and wearing custom bullying prevention t-shirts.

Official PACER t-shirts will be available for purchase for $12 between August 1 and October 31, 2016. (Order by October 5th for guaranteed delivery before Unity Day).

Planning your own bullying prevention event? Design custom t-shirts for your school, club, or community group at

CustomInk will donate profits (up to $100,000) from the sales of bullying prevention t-shirts to benefit PACER in its effort to engage, educate, and unite communities nationwide. Order your official PACER shirt at

NLE Explorers Tweet to Prevent Bullying

December 2, 2015

Students at Newton-Lee Elementary School took a unique approach to bullying prevention by sharing their questions, ideas, and advice about bullying on Twitter. This Twitter Chat encouraged students to support one another as they work to make their school a more accepting and inclusive environment. Check out what the NLE Explorers have to say!


You are Braver, Stronger, and Smarter Than You Think

October 6, 2015

Have you ever felt like the whispers, giggles, note passing, and looks were directed at you or someone you care about? Imagine if all that attention was channeled into positive action. Disney is supporting PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in hopes of inspiring social change among young people everywhere. Watch this touching video created by Disney.

Oregon teen channels painful bullying experience into advocacy

October 2, 2015

Taryn Proclamation

When Taryn was bullied for a short period of time, she didn’t let the painful experience bring her down. Instead, she rose up above the bullying and became an advocate in her school and community. Taryn recently submitted a proclamation to the Governor of Oregon to make October Bullying Prevention Month in the state, and it was signed. Way to go, Taryn!

Kindness in Chalk

September 30, 2015

Kindness in Chalk

Sometimes the smallest gesture can make a huge difference in someone’s day. Nicki Brunner, who writes the MinneMama Adventures blog, was inspired by the smiles she saw on strangers faces in response to a sweet message from her 2-year old written in chalk on her sidewalk. She decided that the idea could contribute to making the schools in her community kinder, more accepting, and free from bullying. So on Friday, October 9th, she’s encouraging people around the country to write messages of love, peace, hope and acceptance in chalk at their school, park, home or community – all with the goal of brining smiles to the faces of those who need it most. To share photos of your chalk creations or to find out more, visit

Wear Orange on Unity Day Oct. 21 and Show Your Support!

September 8, 2015


PACER has partnered with CustomInk to launch its fifth annual ‘Be Good to Each Other’ campaign in support of Unity Day and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. The campaign encourages students, groups, and others to take a stand for kindness, respect, and inclusion by designing and wearing custom bullying prevention t-shirts. Official Unity Day t-shirts will be available for purchase for $12 beginning Sept. 8. CustomInk will donate all profits (approximately $8 per shirt) back to PACER. Be sure to order by Oct. 8 for guaranteed arrival in time for Unity Day. Order your 2015 Unity Day T-shirt at

PACER releases powerful ‘Turn a Life Around’ video

September 1, 2015

Bullying knocks down thousands of kids every day, but when one person stands with them, they are not alone. In this powerful new video by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, students can learn how to make a difference in the life of someone who is being bullied through simple actions such as acknowledging them, talking to them, and accepting them. Learn more.