By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – National Bullying Prevention Month in October is in response to the need to raise awareness of bullying, as it was historically believed that bullying “made kids tougher”, when the reality is that bullying can have devastating effects such as school avoidance, loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, depression and suicide.READ MORE: Inflation Impacting Fourth Of July BBQ's With Almost $70 Cost To Feed 10 Guests, American Farm Bureau Federation Says
The National PTA, American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association provide schools, parents and students with resources to respond to bullying behavior and address the issue through education and support.READ MORE: Watch Funeral For Fallen Philadelphia Firefighter Lt. Sean Williamson
Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy, by Emily Bazelon, is the best book I’ve read on this issue. It begins with the author’s never-to-be forgotten personal experience of being rejected, provides actual accounts of three young people who were victims of bullying and recommends strategies and programs for dealing with bullies.MORE NEWS: Exclusive: Sources Tell CBS3 Criminal Charges Expected In Fire, Building Collapse That Resulted In Death Of Philadelphia Fire Lt. Sean Williamson
An important read!