Bullying is not a new problem but it’s one that has escalated and gained visibility in the last decades. It can destroy lives and cause untold misery to people who find themselves targeted by bullies. School children are the biggest victims of bullying, which results in a complex challenge to parents and education professionals.
National PTA and Discovery Education have joined the efforts to prevent bullying with a series of town halls that launched last week. Besides prevention, the halls will discuss mental health assistance with students, parents, educators and other community members across the nation. The program was developed to create a meaningful response to President Obama’s call for action on the issue.
The project kicked off in Charlotte on May 9 and will move to Cincinatti on June 20, plus other cities throughout the year. Of these, some of the town halls will focus on family-school partnerships while others will focus on student interventions. All conferences will feature a taped message from Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden, in addition to an experienced panel of experts who will provide information on and solutions to bullying behaviors and on how to access mental health assistance.
The Cincinnati town hall will be part of the 2013 National PTA Convention and Youth Summit this June. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Kari Byron, co-host of MythBusters, will be featured speakers at the town hall. Discoveryeducation.com also will host a wide assortment of content that addresses contemporary issues students face around bullying.
“The students in our nation have a right to receive a high-quality education to prepare for their futures, and if they cannot go to school without fearing for their safety, they cannot exercise that right,” said Bill Goodwyn, CEO, Discovery Education.
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