National No Bully

National No Bully Zone Booklet

Conflict vs. Bullying



My Child


Student Bullying? WHAT IS


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Table of Contents

sponsor letter to the CYHMN...............3-4 Do’s & Don’ts.....................................................5-6 what is student bullying?.....................7-8 Conflict vs. bullying...............................9-10 Bullying vs. harassment......................11-12 speakers........................................................13-18 how to help my child.............................19-22


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cyberbullying............................................23-24 cyberbullying tactics...........................25-26 viral tactics: examples......................27-28 establishing rules.................................29-30 PReventing weight-based bullying.........................................................31-32 Note To Sponsors...................................33-34


Sponsoring Company Letter (Example only) Welcoming Letter

At (Company A), are pleased to sponsor the NATIONAL NO BULLY ZONE PROGRAM. We believe our children are our most prized treasures which is why we’re pleased to support this national program in order to eliminate bullying and cyber-bullying in schools all over the US. We hope you find the No Bully Zone Magazine a useful resource to help educate us all on bullying prevention. Our hope is to help grow the program across this great country and eradicate bullying completely. We are dedicated to doing whatever we can to make this dream come true. Thank you for your continued support so that we can help programs like this truly accomplish what our nation needs at this time.

Sincerely, Sponsoring Spokesperson



The important thing to remember is that bullying, not a person’s body size or appearance, is the problem. Focusing on changing someone’s body should never be considered the solution to bullying behavior. Here are some important do’s and don’ts for adults and youth when it comes to weight-based bullying: Do’s &Don’ts Do’s Call out bullying when you see it. Emphasize that nobody deserves to be teased. Recognize the behavior, not someone’s size, as the problem. Stand up for others who may be targeted because of their bodies.


Stay in a group – friends can intervene and help make the bullying stop. Report adults who call out a child’s size with negative comments or with bullying to the adult’s supervisor or boss. Don’ts Joke about size, weight or clothing – someone else’s or your own. Talk about people’s food choices or what they are eating. Degrade your own body or food choices with others. Don’t focus on celebrity appearances – remember, photos in magazines and on social media are almost always photoshopped!


Student Bullying? WHAT IS

Student-to-Student Bullying manifests itself in various forms, such as: intentional actions, hurtful name-calling, and physical attacks all of which occur in our schools and our larger community. Furthermore, bullying impacts not only the targeted student, but the student who engaged in the behavior, bystanders and the larger school community. physical, emotional or mental harm or suffering on another when there is an imbalance of real or perceived power. Bullying against a student(s) is the intentional action by an individual or group of individuals to inflict physical, emotional or mental harm or suffering on another individual or group of individuals when there is an imbalance of real or perceived power. Bullying behavior creates an objectively hostile or offensive environment. Such an environment may cause, or be likely to cause, negative and harmful conditions. Bullying is the intentional action to inflict



Conflict vs. Bullying: What is conflict? Conflict occurs when two or more people who are peers disagree. As our students grow and form relationships with each other, conflict may arise and at times, may be hurtful. Despite the fact that conflict may hurt someone emotionally or physically, conflict is NOT bullying. An act is considered bullying when there is an imbalance of power between two or more people who are at odds with each other, and the person who engages in the act of bullying intends to hurt the other person (emotionally or physically). The emotional and/ or physical harm is done on purpose to make the targeted person feel bad and in some cases, powerless. Also, there is something unequal about the relationship between the person who engaged in the act of bullying and the person who was targeted (when a student uses their social influence and/or popularity to turn others against the targeted student). What is bullying?


Both parties are in part responsible for the problem. A disagreement or difference of opinion between equals Conflict One party is primarily responsible for the problem. An imbalance of power (real or perceived) exists between parties. Bullying PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center


Bullying vs. Harassment

Harassment is unwanted, deliberate or repeated unsolicited comments (oral or written), gestures, graphic material, physical contacts, verbal/nonverbal or physical conduct directed to an individual because of the student’s membership in a protected class. Harassment occurs when a hostile environment is created by the offending behavior. HERE IS A LIST OF PROTECTED CLASSES: •Age •Ancestry

•Parental Status •Pregnancy •Race •Religion •Retaliation •Sex •Sexual Orientation •National Origin

•Color •Creed •Disability •Gender Expression •Gender Identity

• threatens •Homelessness •Marital Status Bullying and harassment BOTH involve behavior that ..... • intimidates 11

• offends or humiliates others


JUSTIN MILBURN a.k.a I AM Justified

Justified is making huge waves in every school assembly that he is honored to present in! His goals are to: empower students, instill values of good relationships, and help students to find their purpose & personal identity. Justified’s story is that he grew up without his father and was bullied in middle school. He is a college graduate, he speaks Spanish and is a fantastic music artist! @IAMJUSTIFIEDMUSIC

2. What is one word that describes you: Committed!

1. When I’m not doing school assemblies I enjoy listening to music & working out at the gym.

4.Why do you speak in school assemblies? I speak in school assemblies because it gives me a platform to inspire students through my life story of ups and downs with hopes of them finding their purpose.

3.What is your favorite food: Sushi

5. Fun Fact: I own horses & I love riding EVERY chance I get!

TO BOOK JUSTIFIED, CALL Peggi Merkey @ 281.859.8810


Austin Lanier

Austin Lanier is the new “Heartthrob” in school assemblies. But don’t let his looks fool you. He is profound and knows very well how to relate to the students and what they are going through in THEIR culture! He loves doing school assemblies because of the messages he gets from so many students. Check out how successful this young man has been in impacting students in school assemblies. The reason is that he made it through depression, fame, bullying and so much more so that when he speaks to the students, his love and concern show through in his profound speech.

1. When I’m not doing school assemblies I LOVE SOCCER! I play soccer when I can and love watching English Premier on TV.

2. What is one word that describes you: GENUINE

3.What is your favorite food: Chipotle Chipotle AND Chipotle

4.Why do you speak in school assemblies? I have a message of hope that needs to be heard by every student in the world.

5. My Instagram is @Atrainlanier and it’s what I use most!

TO BOOK Austin, CALL Peggi Merkey @ 281.859.8810




1. When I’m not doing school assemblies I love to travel! I’ve had a chance to explore all 50 states and over 60 foreign countries around the globe! My goal is to visit 100 countries! A former NFL linebacker, Rose Bowl champion and USC graduate, Keith Davis overcame tremendous family obstacles and reading difficulties to obtain a degree in business finance. To add to his degree, hewas awarded the number one academic scholar on his team. His personal victories inspire his exciting, interactive and dynamic program which challenges people of all ages to pursue a lifestyle of excellence. Keith is aman of character and commitment who truly lives by the principles that he shares. 2. My favorite foods are; Moroccan food, Indian food, Ethiopian food, Thai food, Japanese food, Jamaican food, Soul food, and barbecue!

4. I speak in schools because someone inspired and helped me as a teenager, and I hope that I can help and inspire others, the same way someone helped me! I believe speaking and encouraging is one of my life assignments!

3. A few words that describe me are passionate, full of faith, and steady!

5. My Instagram is: KeithDavis_98 My Twitter is: KeithDavis_98

TO BOOK MR. DAVIS, CALL Peggi Merkey @ 281.859.8810



“It’s easy to see why Melvin is so great.” He was trained by the World-Class Famous Harlem Globetrotters! He is a fantastic comedian and a profound speaker! Staff, parents, corporations and students love Melvin! He is energetic and his Globetrotter tricks are the best!

1) When I’m not doing school assemblies I love to spend time with my wife and my kids.

2) one word to describe me - LOVING

4) I speak because teachers changed my life and I’m passing it forward to make the world a better place

3) favorite food - Gumbo

5) Social media Instagram-Globetrottermelvin Twitter- Trottermelvin

TO BOOK MELVIN, CALL Peggi Merkey @ 281.859.8810




Mr. Shawn Harper is a former college and NFL player. He began his football career at a junior college,. With hard work, diligence, and a “never quit” attitude, he achieved his big dream of playing in the NFL as an offensive lineman for seven years with the Rams, the Colts, and NFL Europe. He travels nationwide as a powerful, motivational speaker and author. He wants you to know that you can go for the win in life just like he did, even when it seems impossible.

2. I can be described as Adventurous. I like to take risks and try new things.

1. In my spare time, I like to watch movies: Netflix, Hulu, Prime, or theater, it doesn’t matter!

3. Favorite food: PIZZA!

4. I like to speak in school assemblies for the chance to positively impact young lives and pay it forward for those who helped me when I was struggling.

5. Twitter: shawnharper075 Instagram: shawnharperspeaks

TOBOOKSHAWN, CALL Peggi Merkey @ 281.859.8810



Jonathan moved to over 9 different schools by 10th grade and then lived in South Texas after his mom was incarcerated. Growing up on the border Jonathan worked with his grandfather as a migrant. His grandfather taught him, “in this life you must fight/wrestle”. Jonathan’s dream was to go to a highly selective school and play football. After he accomplished his goals, he made it his mission to help other students DREAM BIG and accomplish their goals and overcome obstacles such as bullying.

1. When not doing school assemblies: he loves to watch Disney+ & Youtube, ride roller coasters, hit the beach, and attend live events (Sporting events, concerts, festivals).

2. One word that describes Me - Passionate!

4. Jonathan’s life mission is to help schools encourage students, equip educators and engage parents in helping their students to graduate and become college & career ready.

3. favorite food: Bar-B-Que and Mexican food

5) Social media Instagram @jmedinaspeaks

TO BOOK JONATHAN, CALL Peggi Merkey @ 281.859.8810


My Child


Be aware of signs and symptoms of bullying:

A child who is a victim of bullying may display one or more of the following behaviors at home: Appears sad or depressed, or shows unexpected mood shifts, irritability, disrupted sleep, and sudden outbursts of temper.

Seems socially isolated, with few — if any — real friends; is rarely invited to parties or to the homes of other kids. Appears afraid or reluctant to go to school in the morning, complaining repeatedly of headaches or stomach pains.

Loses interest in school work, and grades suffer.


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HOW TO HELP: Talk with your child - It’s important to provide your child with a safe supportive place to discuss their feelings. Ask open-ended questions like: “What happened? How did that make you feel?” Support and empower your child - Assist your child in developing an action plan to address this problem. Help your child understand that they have the ability to generate ideas and develop potential solutions around this problem. Ask questions like, “What do you think you can say next time? What do you think might work? What would you like to see happen?” Be aware of and monitor your child’s use of technology - Cyber- Bullying is harmful and oftentimes, is not addressed. Monitoring your child’s use of social media keeps you informed of the social interactions that may impact your child’s well-being. Understand your rights - Anti-Bullying policy is included in this booklet in the preceding pages. Access the district’s policy and procedures on bullying. 1. 2. 3. 4.


Reach out to your child’s school - Working collaboratively with the staff at your child’s school is important in expressing your concerns and advocating for your child. Sometimes, staff may be unaware bullying is occurring; therefore it is important to engage your child’s school. 5.


CYBERBULLYING Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior. The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are: Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter

SMS (Short Message Service) also known as Text Messages sent through devices

Instant Messager (via devices, email provider services, apps, and social media messaging features) 23


Cyberbullying Tactics It’s important to understand how children are cyberbullied so it can be easily recognized, and action can be taken. Some of the most common cyberbullying tactics include: Posting comments or rumors about someone online that are mean, hurtful, or embarrassing. Pretending to be someone else online in order to solicit or post personal or false information about someone else. Posting mean or hateful names, comments, or content about any race, religion, ethnicity, or other personal characteristics online. Creating a mean or hurtful webpage about someone. Doxing, an abbreviated form of the word documents, is a form of online harassment used to exact revenge and to threaten and destroy the privacy of individuals by making their personal information public, including addresses, social security, credit card and phone numbers, links to social media accounts, and other private data. 25 Threatening to hurt someone or telling them to kill themselves. Posting a mean or hurtful picture or video.



VIRAL TACTICS: Because cyberbullying can happen in different ways, examples based on real-life experiences can provide a deeper understanding of the tactics typically used. Along with other risk factors, bullying can increase the risk for suicide-related behaviors. Furthermore, cyberbullying can be relentless, increasing the likelihood of anxiety and depression. Some states have chosen to prosecute young people who bully for criminal harassment, including encouraging someone to die by suicide. Some forms of cyberbullying are forms of harassment that cross the line into criminal activity, and some tactics occur in dating relationships and can turn into interpersonal violence.



ESTABLISHING For Parents talking about appropriate digital Content & Behavior Parents create trust with children by creating open, honest discussions. These discussions are an opportunity to communicate family values and expectations about their online language and conduct. Some examples include viewing and sharing content, and apps they can and cannot use. Check in frequently with your children about their digital experiences to address any potential risk of cyberbullying and harm. Be clear that your intention is to look out for their wellbeing, and that you want to have an open dialogue. Listen to their concerns and express your opinion. Rules To minimize the risk of cyberbullying or harm from digital behavior, parents can: Educate about the harmful effects of cyberbullying, posting hateful speech or comments. Set clear expectations about digital behavior and their online reputation .


Be clear about what content can be viewed or shared. Identify which apps are appropriate for your child’s use and which are not. Establish rules about the amount of time that a child can spend online or on their devices. Model positive, respectful digital behavior on your own devices and accounts.


Weight-based bullying doesn’t only happen among youth; adults sometimes contribute to this problem. For example, athletic coaches or health counselors may make weight-related comments to or about youths in front of their peers. 31 include depression and anxiety. Children who are bullied may also experience low self-esteem and behavioral problems. Bullying can even affect a child’s physical health, resulting in increased blood pressure and other physiological stress reactions. Many people living in higher-weight bodies have experienced stigma and discrimination. One manifestation of this is weight- based bullying. Weight-based bullying doesn’t just happen to youth who have a higher weight body. Bullying happens to youth of all sizes. Some children perpetuate a fear in others of becoming larger or they may bully others because they perceive them as too skinny. Children and youth who are self- conscious about their weight or express a sensitivity about their body image may be especially prone to the negative fallout from bullying, including the use of unhealthy weight control behaviors, putting them at risk for developing an eating disorder. Preventing Weight-Based BULLYING Fear of being laughed at or bullied can contribute to isolation from peers. Mental health consequences may


Note To Sponsors Thank You from Can You Hear Me Now and the students whose lives you make better by supporting the National No Bully Zone Magazine! The most precious things to parents are their children and their well-being, and our child’s safety is our number one concern. Nationally, 10 to 15 percent of all school-aged children have been bullied, on just Instagram alone. This National “No Bully Zone Magazine” was created to address the rising number of incidents of bullying in the schools across our nation. In the era of high-tech phones and instant information, a new issue has emerged. This technology comes in many different forms and has no instruction booklet. This technology is the most preferred form of bullying and it is called Technology Induced Behavior (TIB). This highly advanced and evolving technology has gone undetected and unresolved for years. School psychologists and administrators have stated, that TIB starts in the home and is then passed around the school to harm the victims. Modern Technologies can drive young minds to see and do things that the parents know nothing about. This is the one technology that deserves to have an instruction booklet for parents and teachers alike. Can You Hear Me Now has formed a unique collaboration with this national company. This company is one that we have trusted on a daily basis to provide our families with all its basic needs. This is also the company that is stepping up to the plate to say thank you for your patronage, and that we care about your schools and the everyday safety of our children. Together with Can You Hear Me Now, teachers, parents and children whose lives this booklet will touch and save, say, “Thank You”. Thank you for caring about the tears and the fears we so often hide and can’t talk about. ABC Company…. You are our Champion!



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