Eliminating relational aggression (bullying) is an issue I care passionately about since it has a serious impact on children's emotional health and on the safety of our schools. Every child deserves the right to learn in safety and without harassment.
Implementing anti-bullying programs can increase the safety of our schools and create a better environment for learning. Experts at the US Department of Education and Secret Service agree:
"Metal detectors, student profiles and police officers patrolling school hallways are less likely to prevent school shootings than anti-bullying programs like one conducted in Delaware."
If your child is being bullied, here are some resources that may be helpful.
Stop Bullying Now
National Youth Violence Prevention Center
TE School District Guide on Cyberbullying
I received a kind email the other day from Julie at Stop RA Today. Julie's website offers some wonderful resources for students and parents about the problems of bullying and relational aggression- www.stopRAtoday.com. Here's the message from Julie:
"I was reading blogs this morning on RA and found your blog. I am happy to hear that you are so active in this regard! I've started a website on that subject, as well as speaking in local schools here in VA. Keep up the great work, hope you win!"