UAPB students to host Anti-bullying Symposium October 18

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Teacher Candidates from Guiding Young Children Behavior and Classroom Management classes will host a Students Overcoming Bullying (S.O.B.) symposium Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Henderson-Young Hall as part of National Bullying Prevention Month. With the theme, Students Overcoming Bullying : Don’t’ Cry, the event is free and open to the public.

National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Traditionally held the first week in October, the event was expanded in 2010 to include activities, education, and awareness building for the entire month. National Bullying Prevention Month is recognized in communities across the United States, with hundreds of schools and organizations signing on as partners.

PACER developed the initial campaign National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week in response to the need to raise awareness of bullying, as it was historically viewed “a childhood rite of passage” and believed that bullying “made kids tougher”, when the reality is that bullying has devastating effects such as school avoidance, loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression. PACER reached out to the community through partnerships with education based organizations such as National PTA, American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association to provide schools, parents and students with resources to respond to bullying behavior and to begin the shift of societal acceptance of bullying to social change of addressing the issue through education and support. PACER disseminated nationwide press releases through the partners and media channels, encouraging a call to action to educate the community about their role in bullying prevention, which provided the groundwork for the campaign to be consistently recognized as an annual event.

For more information about the event, call (870)575-8275.

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