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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

10/02/2012
Bullying has always been a serious issue. Because of advances in technology, the weaponry available to bullies today is more dangerous and can leave longer-lasting scars. Bullying is done in schools, in local communities and now social networks and mobile phones. It extends beyond school walls. The reality is very few opportunities exist for those suffering to escape the wrath of a bully.

To highlight the issue and to help teachers and school staff educate kids about bullying, IFT developed a unique campaign, “Join Hands to Stop Bullying,” that was inspired by kids, for kids, and features the ideas and artwork of Julie Harris’ fifth-grade  class at Kruse Education Center, the 2012 winners of the IFT Student Marketing Challenge competition.

Using the children’s artwork and slogans, a variety of anti-bullying resources were made available free of charge to IFT members statewide. Materials included educational posters, bookmarks, coloring and activity sheets for young kids, social media graphics for sharing and a printed anti-bullying pledge for students of all ages to sign as a show of their commitment to “Join Hands to Stop Bullying.”

Visit www.illinoiskidsfirst.org for anti-bullying information and materials.
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