Help­ing stem the bul­ly­ing crisis

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What does Stop Bul­ly­ing Now Foun­da­tion do?

We teach par­ents all the red flags to look for with their child re­gard­ing bul­ly­ing. Many chil­dren are afraid to speak up be­cause they are be­ing threat­ened by bul­lies. Once we know about the bul­ly­ing prob­lem, our foun­da­tion writes a let­ter to the school ad­min­is­tra­tors stat­ing that a par­ent has brought a bul­ly­ing prob­lem to our at­ten­tion. We re­quest a meet­ing is set up with the par­ents, t he s c hool and with us. We work to­gether to get the bul­ly­ing prob­lem solved. We work with the child to get their con­fi­dence back, which has been hurt by the bul­ly­ing. We teach chil­dren how to think and be lead­ers and learn from their bad ex­pe­ri­ence. How does your agency ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity?

By in­ter­ced­ing in a bul­ly­ing crisis and help­ing par­ents and schools find solu- To ed­u­cate all par­ents with chil­dren at­tend­ing kinder­garten through 12th grade on bul­ly­ing is­sues, ad­vo­cate on be­half of the fam­i­lies within the school sys­tem, and men­tor the bul­lied chil­dren. tions, we help save lives and change out­comes for chil­dren. We also help the child re­gain con­fi­dence and elim­i­nate the child’s fear so they can re­turn or stay in the school and be suc­cess­ful. What is your fo­cus for the fu­ture?

Inc re ase our st rate gic vis­i­bilit y so that par­ents know who to call be­fore it is too late. How can the com­mu­nity help?

We do not charge par- ents for our work be­cause too many are poor and can­not af­ford our ser­vices, so we com­pletely de­pend on do­na­tions from in­di­vid­u­als, com­pa­nies and pri­vate foun­da­tions. The com­mu­nity can also help by re­fer­ring fam­i­lies and teach­ers to the foun­da­tion so more can re­ceive help with this grow­ing is­sue.

For in­for­ma­tion or to get help with a bul­ly­ing is­sue, con­tact lowell@stop­bul­ly­ing­now­foun­da­tion.org.

Lowell Levine

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