Bullying: Silent and Deadly!!!!

The stats say 1 in 5 children are bullied BUT there is always the issue of the many cases of bullying that go unreported. The fact is MOST children remain silent…and those children who are suffering in silence are now committing suicide in record numbers that there is a new name for a child that commits suicide from bullying, “BULLICIED.”

This breaks my heart to the core. To think of how many children are suffering in silence and feel they can no longer go on living. Please just stop for a minute and reread that sentence. Are we becoming desensitized to hearing these stories that we as parents are just glossing over the problem?

This is an epidemic of epic proportions…very similar to child abuse. These children are all suffering in silence, feeling very similar emotions: fear, shame, embarrassment, confusion, humiliation” but most importantly they are not telling us…the parents… whose first responsibility when bringing a child into this world is to PROTECT them from harm. How can we protect them if they don’t tell?

What can we, as parents, do? Talk with your children and actively listen to them on a daily basis” not a onetime conversation. Be alert to changes in behavior, mood, and grades. Don’t assume your children know you are there for them… TELL your children on a regular basis that you are available to talk/listen about anything (and list some tough issues including bullying). Say to them directly ” Even if I seem busy when it comes to your safety or problems “I will STOP what I am doing to talk with you and to help, and we will deal with it together.”

This simple phrase “I am here for you and you are important to me,” can make all the difference to a child who is suffering. Work with us to help keep KidSafe!!!

Testimonials

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be included in the KidSafe program. I highly recommend this program to other schools. We hope that we will be given the same opportunity for our Kindergarten and 2nd grade students to be a part of this wonderful program during the 2016-2017 school year."

Mrs. Keelyn Meselsohn 2nd Grade Teacher/Team Leader Tradewinds Elementary School

"The Safe and Smart Series Book My Body Is Special and Belongs To Me is kept in my middle school clinic and has been a tool that has opened many conversations for me between students that have experienced a difficult situation and were unable to talk about it. Through the illustrations and nonjudgmental verbiage the author has allowed kids permission to share their feelings about invasion of their personal space. Thank you so much."

Nurse Connie, PBC School Nurse 6.8.2016

"I'm so grateful that KidSafe has partnered with my daughter's school.  I learned so much in the parent training--how to recognize potential sexual predator behavior; how to quiz my child about what they would do in different scenarios; and how to explain safe and unsafe touch.  In addition, knowing that my daughter is receiving weekly trainings on these topics gives me great peace of mind.  I have confidence that I can reinforce what she is learning in school in order to prevent her from ever being a victim of such a heinous crime.  Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities' most vulnerable citizens."

Christina Kranick

“It was a normal Saturday and I was at the rink with my 7 and 8 year old. My son asked me if he could use the Men’s Restroom by himself.  Without hesitation, my daughter said,  Absolutely not! I was in KidSafe today and you cannot go to the restroom alone.  It is very important that Mommy is with you.. with us.   I was so proud of my little girl!  We are so blessed to have Debbie Miller at our school teaching our children the importance of safety. Many thanks to you all!  Your program and instruction is absolutely amazing.  Keep up the great work!"  

Tara Henley Admissions Assistant, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, Ft. Lauderdale

I am a parent of two Pine Crest children and I attended your program on Monday night. I just wanted to thank you so very much for the very informative seminar. As hard as it was to hear all of those things, it was very needed. We were thrilled that you were able to come and share that very important information with us and our children. So again...thank you.

Elisa Aronberg

Today’s training was awesome! It was very informative. Sally was a very good resource, she motivated us a lot! We want to pass on this information to parents, teachers and students! Thank you for offering workshops like this. These are tools we use to continue serving our children and families.

Participant from Children’s Services Council of Broward Seminar

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