Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day when we honor the lives and memories of those we have lost due to anti-transgender hatred and violence. The Trans Murder Monitoring Project, which tracks reports of bias-motivated transgender homicides globally, has reported a total of 1,612 known murders of trans people in 62 countries worldwide from 2009-2013. This year, 226 new names will be added to the list of those to be remembered, mourned and honored.
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Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and best teacher. Your child is listening and remembering your advice, even when it seems like he/she is not paying attention. In fact, spending 15 minutes a day listening and talking with your child can help build the foundation for a strong relationship and provide reassurance that he/she can come to you with a problem. It can also help your child recognize and respond to bullying.So, what will you say? KnowBullying, a new mobile app by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), can help get the conversation started. The app provides tips on talking about school, work, relationships, life, and bullying.
It’s summertime! School’s out and there is a good chance that your kids will be spending some time at summer camp. Whether its sports camp, adventure camp, music camp, or any of the other amazing arrays of camps available to kids these days, most camps are equipped to understand and address bullying. As parents and caretakers, here are some tips to help have a conversation with your child and with camp staff if you suspect bullying may be taking place.
Find out about camp policies on bullying:
- Ask the camp director and counselors about the procedures that are in place and how parents are informed.
- Ask how camps proactively address the issue.
- Ask how campers are supervised between activities.
Talk to your kids:
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and that may be repeated over time. Both children who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. SAMHSA is committed to reducing bullying through enhancing assistance for parents, prevention efforts at schools and in communities, public education, and coordination of prevention activities across federal agencies.
Guest Post By: Ronald Slaby, Ph.D., Senior Scientist & Kim Storey, EdD, Senior Scientist with National Center for the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Youth ViolenceSAMHSA’s National Center for the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Youth Violence Bullying among young children is not uncommon. When groups of young children, who often differ significantly in physical size, skill level, and family experience, get together regularly, patterns of hurtful behavior often emerge. Children make mean faces, say threatening things, grab objects, push others aside, falsely accuse, or refuse to play with others.
Addressing CyberbullyingGuest Post By: Melyn Huntley, Project Director, Safe Schools/Healthy Students “People bully me. I want to die.” The words echoed in the mind of the parent who found the crumbled note in her daughter’s room. Words of desperation cried out for help. How do you help her? How serious is the threat?
Protecting your child is critical. Today with online communications, a bully can follow their victim home to the aloneness of their bedroom. If your child should become a victim of bullying, there are several things you should do.