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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Having four children, three of which are in school, the topic of bullying and ultimately bully prevention, comes up quite often.  I'm lucky in that, for the most part, my children haven't dealt with much bullying and aside from the occasional run-ins with some kids at school, they've managed to make it thus far in school without much incident.  While my children may not deal with being bullied themselves very often, I do make it a point to discuss with them my expectations for them with regard to how they treat others, in our house, there's a strict Zero Tolerance Policy in place for bullying and we enforce it to the letter. 
 




I love companies who do their part to make children's lives better and I've worked with a number of great ones lately and I'm happy to add Green Giant and their Raise a Giant campaign to that list.

About Green Giant's Raise a Giant Initiative.

At Green Giant® we know it takes a lot more to raise a healthy child then just getting them to eat their vegetables. Kids these days live in a world that is bigger and scarier than the world we grew up in, and they need help and encouragement to navigate that world with confidence and pride.
Unfortunately one of the hardest things kids have to deal with is bullying. When a child is bullied by a peer it can turn his or her life into a daily gauntlet of fear and anxiety.
That’s why Green Giant® is partnering with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and We Day Minnesota to help parents Raise A Giant and put a stop to bullying in their community.



What Does it Mean To Be A Giant?
Being a giant isn’t about being the biggest or the best. Being a giant means standing up for others. It means lending a hand to those who are in trouble and speaking up for those who sometimes find it hard to speak up for themselves.
Studies show that an effective way to stop bullying is for kids to simply speak up and say, “That’s not okay” when they see bullying happening.
But asking kids to have the courage to stand up to bullying is a tall order and that’s why they need our help.
How Do You Raise A Giant?
We’re asking parents to write a letter to their kids telling them how special they are and encouraging them to be part of the bullying prevention solution by being a giant.
To get started parents can visit our community at RaiseaGiant.com and read the letters others have written.
We Are Proud To Partner With:PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
- Green Giant is partnering with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to develop The We Will Generation, an in-school student-to-student curriculum helping students understand how they can handle bullying.
- This partnership enables us to help those impacted directly by bullying – students
I took the time to write each one of my children a letter letting that know how proud I am of them for always standing up for and speaking up against bullying.  I know that it may not always be as easy as writing a letter to get through to them, but I honestly believe that the simple act of letting them know in writing, not only how proud I am of them, but how important it is to be the voice for those who can't speak for themselves, will go a long way.  I encourage each of you to write a letter to your child(ren) letting them know how proud you are of them and how important it is for them to be a giant!
For this campaign a $25 donation was made in my name to the Pacer’s Center for Bully Prevention and I can't think of a better incentive to be part of a campaign!
WIN IT!
One MIBR reader is going to win a $25 Visa gift card!  To enter and for official rules see below.
 “Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by Green Giant® through MyBlogSpark.”

68 comments :

  1. Teach children to stand up for one another, let them know that bullying is not acceptable and teach them how to ask an adult for help

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  2. I tell my kids to not be afraidd of bullying and to tell me or another adult if they are being bullied.

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  3. I encourage kids to stick up for themselves!

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  4. I tell my students to always tell a adult when they are being bullied.

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  5. I tell kids to stick up for each other.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  6. I tell my nephew not to take anything from no one.

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  7. I tell my son to stand up for himself and to tell adults about bullying

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  8. around you to be a Giant against bullying!

    got to stand up..thats all i know

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  9. We teach kids not to ignore if being bullied, must tell adults.

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  10. Nice topic! I always encourage being kind, accepting, and supportive. : )
    Kids Math Teacher

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  11. i tell my daughter to stand up to bullies

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  12. Be kind to others is what I've always taught my sons but at the same time if you are bullied in any way, please tell someone about it .. thank you ..
    melly66(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  13. I encourage kids to stand up for themselves.

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  14. We teach our kids to be strong in belief about themselves so they don't feel the need to feel "stronger" by bullying others

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  15. I encourage them to stand up for themselves.

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  16. I encourage kids that are bullied to tell an adult so it doesn't quickly get out of hand. I also tell them to stay strong and know that inside and out are wonderful, beautiful people.

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  17. We tell our kids to walk away and tell an adult, even if it's someone else being bullied.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  18. I would tell kids to stick together against bullies and to tell a trusted and responsible adult about it.

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  19. I encourage them by telling them to believe in themselves and ignore those that try to bring them down to their level.

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  20. I make sure they know their worth is greater than those who bully

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    1. That didnt come out right...the worth is higher than the bully says it is.

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  21. I remind my children they can always come to us about anything they see or hear without judgement.

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  22. remind my daughter to treat others how you want to be treated

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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  23. I remind my son about all of his amazing qualities.
    Entered the rafflecopter as "Wild orchid"

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  24. I always say to tell an adult if someone is bullying you.

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  25. I encourage people to take a stand for things they believe in, including standing up to bullies!

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  26. I tell my kids to treat others the way they would like to be treated. I also suggest that they shouldn't just sit back and let their friends treat others badly as well.

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  27. I try to be a positive influence and build confidence. I try to be approachable, so that others would feel confident to talk to me.

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  28. I always encourage my children and others to stick up for each other. I allow no bullying in my class.

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  29. I wish I had a good answer for this. Kids always give into peer pressure so they won't actually defend someone when they see it... I was bullied horribly as a kid in the worst way, with people sucking on jelly beans and then spitting them in my hair.. and I just had to suck it up. I tried to defend myself but these kids were 5 years my senior.

    It gives me great pleasure to know that the ringleader of those bullies has a rap sheet. He got what he deserved.

    As for how to stop it, I just am glad that it is more widely recognized as a problem and people are usually better at spotting and addressing it these days.

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  30. I tell them to try to talk to the bully, but if that is not working, they should report the bullying to a teacher or other trusted adult.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  31. Letting them know that bullying is not okay. Stand your ground and speak up.

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  32. Build confidence in your children.

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  33. Teach my kids the way to help people not hurt them.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogril12@gmail.com

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  34. I encourage them to speak up for others, and to be kind and respect all people.

    oldnavyash@aol.com

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  35. I encourage my kids to help others being bullied

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  36. by making it a non-taboo topic to discuss

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  37. I encourage my girls to be friends with everyone. They are not allowed to say anything bad about anyone. They know that everyone is different and that that makes them special. Thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

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  38. I encourage my son to be nice to everyone no matter what.

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  39. I encourage my niece and nephew and their friends to stand up - and get others to join them - anytime they see bullying happen and to let them (and their friends) know that they should be proud of who they are no matter what. I also encourage them to befriend as many different types of kids as they can so they don't limit themselves to one group or clique!

    Geoff K
    gkaufmanss at yahoo dot com

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  40. I Tell them too tell someone you trust. I also tell them too stand up for others and treat everyone equal and the way you want to be treated.

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  41. By teaching them how to defend themselves with words first and how to armor themselves against being too sensitive.

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  42. I tell my kids to stand up for themselves and not join their friends if they are being mean to others.

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  43. I try to educate people on neurodiversity so they see those who are different as a valuable part of the community, not a target.

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  44. I would tell them to stand their ground and tell an adult.

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  45. I tell them to always treat everyone with kindness, and teach them to stand up for those around them

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  46. We tell our kids to walk away and tell an adult if they are being bullied.

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  47. start when they are very young and encourage kindness

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  48. I encourage kids to stick up for themselves and others.

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  49. stand up for themselves and others being bullied - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  50. I explain to my step son and daughter that bullying is not ok and if someone is bullying them they need to tell someone, a teacher, me or their mother etc.

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  51. we want anyone seeing someone being bullied to go get a teacher or any one areound to help

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  52. I encourage my children to not engage but instead to turn and walk away as most times that takes the fun out of the other persons bullying. If that doesn't work to find and tell an adult.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  53. I tell them that bullying is not right and that they should always report it.

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  54. I encourage them to stick up for themselves

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  55. I tell my kids that it is ok to tell an adult if they are being bullyed

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  56. My daughter is still pretty young, but she knows not to be mean to others.

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  57. I teach my kids tolerance and stand up and beside anyone being bullied!

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  58. I try to encourage others to be empathetic and put themselves in other peoples shoes. It is much easier to be kind when you consider what the other person may be going through. I talk a lot of peace and understanding.

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  59. I tell them to go to an adult and don't be afraid to tell you will be helping someone that's too scared to speak up for themselves!! So always speak up for those who cannot!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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  60. I encourage those around me to be a Giant against bullying by keeping the lines of communication open. Secrecy makes bullying easier in my opinion so I like to get everything out in the open.

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  61. I always let my nieces and nephews know if someone is bullying them to tell an adult, or tell auntie, and I'll take care of it! :)
    Michelle Tucker

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  62. I encourage others to stand up for themselves and those around them that are being bullied.I tell them that no one can have power of them unless they allow them to.

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  63. I always tell my kids that hey need to speak up for themselves and others and tell a adult.

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  64. I lead by example. I respect the differences in people and appreciate unique qualities in others.

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