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Stopping Bullying: Turning Passive Bystanders Into Powerful Allies


I am loving AC360’s special series this week on stopping bullying–especially the exploration of sociologist Robert Faris’ study that focuses on bystanders as change agents.  We can teach kids specific skills for becoming allies before, during, and after incidents of bullying!   This is one of the focus areas in the Friendship & Other Weapons curriculum and the main emphasis in the Mother-Daughter workshop I will be doing for the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA on 10/22.

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An Anti-Bullying Message that Encourages Bystanders to Make a Difference


Please check out this great organization, Sweethearts and Heroes:

“You can hang up all the zero-tolerance posters you want, but at the end of the  day they don’t do a lot,” Murphy said. “It’s the students who are going to do  something about it. Victims believe they are the problem; that’s why they end up  killing themselves. You can be a hero to a kid if you pull him or her aside and  say, ‘Don’t worry about that guy; he’s like that to everybody.’ ”

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Sweethearts and Heroes


Over the years, I have met the most interesting and inspiring people, working in the field of child and adolescent mental health.   Through my work in helping kids develop skills to cope effectively with bullying, this list has instantly multiplied!

Check out Sweethearts and Heroes, a most unique and engaging organization founded jointly by a professional MMA fighter and a teacher.  Through teacher training, parent presentations, and assemblies geared especially for middle and high school audiences, Sweethearts and Heroes is developing strategies to put an end to bullying.

 “Through knowledge and communication we are committed to bringing our message to individual communities; not only to help the victims, but especially to empower bystanders to make a difference.  We all have the potential to be someone’s hero.” 

Check this innovative non-profit out on Facebook and add them to your Favorite pages.  You can also read about one of their recent school presentations, and watch co-founder Tom Murphy in action here:

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