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PTA Connect for Respect: An Initiative to Prevent Bullying

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What If Your Child is a Bully?
Tip Sheets Address These and Other Bullying Concerns

Today, National PTA® launched Connect for Respect, an initiative to prevent bullying in schools and communities
across the country. PTA® leaders and parents play a critical role in ensuring that children grow up in safe environ-
ments free from bullying.

 

Through the Connect for Respect initiative, PTAs are encouraged to do three things:

1. Hold a Connect for Respect event in their communities and share resources with parents about bullying.
2. Encourage parents to talk to their children about bullying and to advocate for policies and practices that create a
safe school climate for all children.
3. Provide resources for parents and PTA leaders to get involved.

National PTA has created five tip sheets to increase parents' understanding of bullying, how to prevent it, and how to
recognize if their child is the bully. Another parent tip sheet discusses how to make sure their child doesn't become the
bully, an important strategy for bullying prevention. National PTA has also created a "how to" tip sheet that will support
PTAs in planning a Connect for Respect event in their communities.

 

The Connect for Respect initiative is being launched in support of today's White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, which was convened by President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, the U.S. Department of Education, and the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The initiative builds on the important work that PTAs across the country
have led for a number of years in developing anti-bullying programs, raising awareness, and advocating for effective policies on bullying prevention.

For more information or to download the tip sheets, visit PTA.org/bullying. Please promote this resource to members and schools through your meetings, newsletters and websites.