Massachusetts Governor's Statewide Youth Council
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October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month!
Governor Deval Patrick and his Statewide Youth Council take a stand against bullying. Join us in preventing bullying in throughout the Commonwealth!
Speak up, Stand up, and Sign the petition!
The Governor’s Statewide Youth Council consists of 28 young leaders, ages 14 to 20, who represent youth in each of the Commonwealth's 14 counties.
What is bullying?
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is usually repeated over time. Some examples of every day bullying include: teasing, name-calling, taunting, public embarrassment, and spreading rumors. A new trend of bullying, cyberbullying, is common over social media websites, text messages, emails, videos, and embarrassing online pictures.
Who is bullied?
Bullying can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. However, some groups such as LGBT youth, youth with disabilities, overweight, and socially isolated youth are at an increased risk of being bullied.
Who are bullies?
Children who are easily frustrated, suffer from low self-esteem, and have less parental guidance are more likely to bully others.
Some warning signs that indicate a child is being bullied include: unexplainable injuries, sudden loss of friends, difficulty sleeping, decline in school involvement, low self-esteem, and feelings of helplessness. If you know someone in serious distress or anger, don’t ignore it. Speak up! Tell a trusted adult, a family member, teacher or coach.
Stop bullying on the spot! If you see someone being bullied, intervene. Stand up! Don’t give bullying an audience. Setting a good example for your peers can make a huge difference.
Let’s unite to make a change - Sign this petition!
Please visit www.stopbullying.gov to learn more about risk factors, warning signs, and effects of youth bullying in our communities.
Learn about the Act Relative to Bullying in Schools signed into law by Governor Patrick in May 2010, please visit: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2010/Chapter92.
For more information about the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council and their current and future initiatives, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/governor/getinvolved/youthcouncil/
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