Bullying: Talking About it With Younger Kids

A local Barnes and Noble is hosting a special storytime on Saturday, Janaury 21st, tackling a hot button topic among school aged children right now: bullying.

It’s hard to escape the escalated media coverage of bullying these past few years. Social media websites, and texting have made bullying more intense for today’s kids, resulting in serious depression and even suicide.

According to Bullying Statistics, one in four school children in the U.S. are bullied and 160,000 children are so afraid of their bully that they stay home from school. Bullying has a negative effect on kids self esteem, emotional well-being and even their academic performance.

As a result, parents, schools, government and non governmental organizations are teaming up to address the bullying problem. In 2010, an anti bullying law called the Dignity for All Students Act was enacted in New York. It was signed into law by then Governor David Patterson who, as a blind child, had been the victim of brutal bullying in school according to Bully Police. The government has also created a kid-friendly website called Stop Bulling Now! and a National Bullying Prevention Center.

So if you have a child between the ages of 3 and 8, head down to the Bay Terrace Barnes and Noble to start this important conversation with your little one.

When: Saturday January 21, 2012 11:00 AM

Where: Barnes & Noble, Bay Terrace, 23-80 Bell Blvd., Bayside, 718-224-1083

 

Christine Concetta Gibson