State Commemorates National Bullying Prevention Month
By Florida Department of Education // October 6, 2015
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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Representative Gayle Harrell (R– Port St. Lucie), Chair of the Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee and Member of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet is pleased to announce that the Cabinet will join state agencies, school districts, faith-based organizations and other community stakeholders in recognizing October 2015 as National Bullying Prevention Month.
The Cabinet originally established its Bullying Workgroup as a response to the negative im- pacts that bullying and cyberbullying were having on Florida’s children and youth. This is the second year that the Cabinet has worked to raise awareness for bullying prevention and support activities that promote the physical, mental and emotional well-being of every child.
“Every child deserves to grow up healthy and in an environment free from violence,Wansley Walters, Chair of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet, said. “Bullying and cyberbullying are inappropriate behaviors that we are seeking to address with the help of community advocates such as parents, teachers, coaches, religious figures and mentors.”
This year, the Bullying Workgroup is supporting the efforts of Stand Strong USA, an organization that provides guidance and resources to teens currently facing depression and bullying in their daily lives. In November, schools in South Florida will host Nick Vujicic, a renowned in- ternational speaker who shares his inspiring story in an effort to promote bullying and suicide prevention.
The Cabinet is also supporting the efforts of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, provid- er of Child Safety Matters, a research-based educational program for students in grades K-6. This program is designed to educate and empower students, school personnel and adults with information and strategies to prevent bullying, cyberbullying, digital abuse and all types of child abuse. Materials sent to schools will include posters created by the Cabinet’s workgroup and its partner, Florida Healthy Kids, for display within classrooms and hallways. The Child Safety Matters training program is available free of charge to all public schools in Florida.
For information and resources related to bullying prevention, please visit the Florida Department of Education’s website.