SOURCE: National PTA

National PTA

March 10, 2011 17:42 ET

Parents: What if Your Child Is a Bully?; Connect for Respect Is National PTA's New Initiative That Provides Parents With Tools to Combat and Help Prevent Bullying

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2011) - National PTA® today launched Connect for Respect -- a bullying prevention campaign. Today's launch coincides with the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention. National PTA will join the President and First Lady, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services at the event with students, parents, teachers and others. The conference will bring together communities from across the nation to talk about working together to prevent bullying.

From describing what bullying is, to how to ensure your child doesn't become a bully, PTA offers five tip sheets on bullying prevention and more at www.PTA.org/bullying.

The site also shows PTA leaders how to create a Connect for Respect event and how to advocate for policies and practices that create a safe school climate for all children.

"PTAs have always played pivotal roles in creating a safe school and community climate but it's time to step it up because bullying is not just happening on playgrounds anymore. It's happening everywhere; online, via text, and on social networks. And parents may not know that it's happening or what to do about it," said Charles J. "Chuck" Saylors, National PTA President.

National PTA will urge its five million PTA leaders and members to get involved in bullying prevention in their communities by hosting a Connect for Respect event and sharing new resources with parents about bullying, like what to do if your child is a bully.

"Even one child being bullied is one too many. That's why we created Connect for Respect, to help address the issue and help our grassroots take action on it. By working together, educators, parents, concerned citizens, business leaders, advocates and community members can support the implementation of bullying prevention programs, reinforce bullying prevention messages, and advocate for bullying policies to be implemented."

About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. 

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