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Posted by Sandra On January - 7 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Bullying: Experts share advice for parents, students


Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power. Behaviors used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion, and such acts may be directed repeatedly towards particular targets. Rationalizations for such behavior sometimes include differences of social class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, behavior, body language, personality, reputation, lineage, strength, size or ability. If bullying is done by a group, it is called mobbing. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Types of Bullying

There are three types of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
    • Teasing
    • Name-calling
    • Inappropriate sexual comments
    • Taunting
    • Threatening to cause harm
  • Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
    • Leaving someone out on purpose
    • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
    • Spreading rumors about someone
    • Embarrassing someone in public
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
    • Hitting/kicking/pinching
    • Spitting
    • Tripping/pushing
    • Taking or breaking someone’s things
    • Making mean or rude hand gestures

Where and When Bullying Happens

Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens in the school building, a significant percentage also happens in places like on the playground or the bus. It can also happen travelling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood, or on the Internet.

Frequency of Bullying

There are two sources of federally collected data on youth bullying:

  • The 2010–2011 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics) indicates that, nationwide, 28% of students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying.
  • The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that, nationwide, 20% of students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying.Research on cyberbullying is growing. However, because kids’ technology use changes rapidly, it is difficult to design surveys that accurately capture trends.


The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that every seven minutes a child is bullied. Bullying became a household term in the 2000’s after the issue rose to national prominence in the wake of tragic stories of children and teenagers who had taken their lives because they were being picked on in school. Bullying is defined as repeated unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance, according to StopBullying.gov. Although countless nonprofit organizations and school programs have sprouted up to tackle the issue, it seems bullying is not going away. READ MORE HERE


Revealed: Shocking Bullying Statistics 2014

Bullying Statistics, The Ultimate Guide

The BULLY Project

Bullying: The advice you got is wrong. Here’s what really works 

Helping Kids Deal With Bullies – KidsHealth

Anti-bullying advice

Dr. Phil.com – Advice – Dealing with Bullies

Bullying Advice – Bullystoppers.com

Expert Advice on Bullying – Parents.com














Petition For Removal Of Cyber-bullying


To report a website or blog you think may be harassing anyone, please use these:


FBI in connection to the Internet Crime Complaint Center





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Anti-Bullying music video by MEGAN LANDRY!!


RACHAEL LYNN — “Dare to Be Different”



A 501 (c) 3 Corporation Offering *Awareness *Education *Training *Resources *Healing for Schools, Workplaces, & Communities

ABUSE BITES is a non-profit organization educates the public on bullying. They are the ABC’s to stopping Abuse, Bullying, Violence, and Poverty — The Abuse Bites Corporation, helping kids, teens, adults, families, and entire communities be a safer, healthier, and productive. Founded in 2005 by lifelong Abuse Survivor, Lisa Freeman–a middle school drop out, abused runaway, who suffered through two horrifically abusive marriages. Yet at 26, this single mother, went on to college and overcame every obstacle in her path to reclaim her life. Today she’s an Award Winning Author, Speaker, the Healing Projects Specialist for the Bully Police USA, and a Certified Pet Therapist & Dog Trainer.

Abuse Bites & A Time to Heal work to raise awareness and educate communities on abuse, bullying and violence prevention to bring equality and healing to all humanity through writing, speaking, teaching, and pet therapy. Our goal is to encourage others to be the CHANGE, so we can CHANGE HEARTS & SAVE LIVES. Abuse Bites & A Time To Heal came together in 2006 after Lisa Freeman saw the devastation and effects of bullying/abuse not only in her own family and pets, but in the entire USA & World. She began doing extensive research and put the Abuse Bites educational program together to offer healing and hopehad her curriculum approved, and began speaking in schools, libraries, churches and work places all over Michigan.

What Statistics Say

  • 1 out of 10 kids are bullied on a regular basis
  • 40 % of all teens/kids are Cyber Bullied
  • In 85% of all Playground Bullying there is no intervention
  • 160,000 kids miss school every day for fear of bullying
  • 1 teen dies every 1/2 hour in the USA from bullying/bullycide
  • Kids who are obese, gay, or have disabilities are 63% more likely to be bullied than others
  • 86% of people in the workforce experience bullying, a whopping 71.5 million, & most of them fear speaking up




Ugly Ted Needs A Best Friend!

Ugly Ted may not be your typical looking teddy bear, but with a beautiful inner soul and lovable heart, he is as adorable and desirable as any of the other teddies out there.

Ugly Ted is truly tired of being bullied, harassed and made to feel lonely. While other “prettier” teddy bears are treated with love and respect, Ugly Ted can only dream of feeling accepted and being apart of a family.

“Ugly bears need love too, as they are not ugly inside. No matter what someone looks like, or where they are from, always remember to treat others the way you would want to be treated”, Ugly Ted says.

It’s now up to us to protect bullying victims like Ugly Ted and shower them with the much needed love they deserve.

Please give Ugly Ted a home and a hug by opening your heart and sharing tender loving care! Help make this world a little more beautiful!

Adopt Ugly Ted!

World’s ugliest teddy bear and anti-bullying advocate. The newest innovation in kid’s toys, Ugly Ted’s unique philosophy emphasizes inner beauty and is a child’s new best friend, as well as their greatest teacher.
Fully dedicated to creating a more caring world for today’s youth, Ugly Ted is donating a portion of its proceeds to many different charities.

How to Raise Awareness

Posted by Sandra On December - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

How to Effectively Raise Awareness for a Cause

Whether it is the fight against cyberbullying or a new movement to help victims of abuse get the help they need, one of the first – and perhaps the most important – steps to take is raising awareness. All stakeholders must be aware of the social movement or the cause for it to be effective. This means reaching out to victims, loved ones, community members, and agents of change in an effective way.

Thanks to social media and the internet in general, it is much easier to raise awareness for a cause. The same instruments can be used to target specific communities or a particular area too. You just have to know the steps to take in order to effectively raise awareness for a cause.

Focus on Continuity

Make continuity a focus from the beginning. Unlike advertising, raising awareness for a cause means building up support. Raising awareness is never a one-time thing; it is actually a continuous effort that will become in momentum as you invest more time, money, and energy into it.

Continuity is also important for amplifying that awareness. In the beginning, you will be spending most of your time reaching out to key opinion leaders and influencers in the community. As the campaign progresses, you can shift your energy towards working with a wider audience and maintaining traction.

Don’t forget to build a community around the cause too. Community building is an effective way to maintain the generated momentum by gaining the support of like-minded and engaged members. The rest of the movement will be easier from this point.

Use Valuable and Educational Content

There is a reason why even top law firms use LawBiz and their law firm newsletter as a way to connect with the communities around them. Law is a complicated industry and delivering educational content through newsletters allow law firms to engage their stakeholders in a more effective way.

The same approach can be adopted in the case of raising awareness for a cause. Instead of promoting the movement itself, try to share more educational content about the cause. In the case of cyberbullying, for instance, a series of newsletters about dealing with cyberbullying or identifying cases of bullying on the internet will be very valuable to the readers.

Get the Audience Involved

Not every audience can come to the events and gatherings for the cause, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get involved altogether. Share contents from the offline gatherings and other activities conducted for the cause in order to get a wider audience invested in the movement.

There are challenges to overcome when using this strategy. For starters, you have to get the permission of everyone involved before you can safely share sensitive materials online. You also need to produce high quality photos and videos for them to be attractive and compelling.

Overcome the challenges, however, and you have a very powerful awareness-raising tool at your disposal. Soon, you will experience the snowball effect and your cause will gain a lot of traction at an incredible speed. Once you have reached that point, you will have the ability to do so much more and help more people around you.

10 Ways To Escape Toxic People

Posted by Sandra On November - 1 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

How would you know a person is “toxic?” What about them or their behaviors would signal to you that they are toxic? A toxic person is someone who makes you feel a way that you are not, who undermines and mistreats you, and who may come across as kind to others, but is truly manipulative and evil. A toxic person is someone who “infects” (like a disease) your thoughts, emotions, feelings, and behaviors in ways that are not good. They may be envious of you, they may try to limit or undermine you, or they may simply ignore any kind of progress you make. A toxic person can be anyone, even a person with a mental health challenge, a close friend, a confidant, and/or a family member. If you are like most people in society, you will find it almost impossible to spot and detach from a toxic person because they can come across as charming, kind, and trustworthy. FIND OUT HOW TO ESCAPE TOXIC PEOPLE HERE

What’s a Toxic Person & How Do You Deal With One? 

Removing Toxic People from Your Life | How to Do It

Toxic People: 15 Things You Need To Escape 

10 Toxic Persons You Should Just Get Rid Of 

Cyberbullying & Stalking Guide

Posted by Sandra On October - 4 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Cyberstalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk or harass an individual, group, or organization. It may include false accusations, defamation, slander and libel. It may also include monitoring, identity theft, threats, vandalism, solicitation for sex, or gathering information that may be used to threaten, embarrass or harass.

Cyberstalking is often accompanied by real-time or offline stalking. In many jurisdictions, such as California, both are criminal offenses. Both are motivated by a desire to control, intimidate or influence a victim. A stalker may be an online stranger or a person whom the target knows. He may be anonymous and solicit involvement of other people online who do not even know the target.

Cyberstalking is a criminal offense under various state anti-stalking, slander and harassment laws. A conviction can result in a restraining order, probation, or criminal penalties against the assailant, including jail.

How to deal with all forms of online harassment

There are a number of terms to describe online harassment including cyber bullying, cyber stalking and also trolling. Is there any real difference between these terms?  In short the answer is NO. The term I prefer to use to describe all persons engaged in online harassment is cyber stalking. The term cyber bully does not really describe either the type of people or harassment activities they engage in online and is strongly identified with younger people. When you search for a definition of the two you will find the primary distinction made is one of age. If adults are involved then it is termed cyber stalking. When children and young adolescents are involved then it is termed cyber bullying. Legally speaking the law also does not view them differently other than taking into account the legal age of the persons involved. READ MORE HERE

Nearly all states have bullying laws in place, many with cyberbullying or electronic harassment provisions. This article covers cyberbullying in the context of criminal law. See Specific State Laws Against Bullying and What to Do If Your Child is Bullied to learn more.


Report Cyberbullying | StopBullying.gov

Telling the difference between flaming, cyber-bullying and harassment


Child Abuse Prevention 2017 Guide

Posted by Sandra On September - 28 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Preventing child abuse can be difficult, especially since we feel often helpless against widespread abuse. So we created this one-stop guide to promote child abuse prevention by compiling a complete list of resources as an information gateway. We have included tips to educate adults and children, information about the different causes and forms of abuse, and how to respond when you suspect child abuse.

I was abused as a child but was able to rise above my troublesome past to become a functioning adult. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to overcome a painful childhood, and as a result of their abuse, many children grow into insecure, dysfunctional adults. As a father of two small children, I wanted to make sure to end the cycle of abuse. I know the importance of teaching my children how to protect themselves by educating them on what is okay, and what is not okay.

There are no easy answers, but hopefully, this guide can help you spot child abuse, such as the shaken baby syndrome, or spot children that have been neglected, provide information about prevention programs, and learn the steps to report the abuse to child welfare services. READ MORE HERE

Alarming Increase in Suicide Attempts

Posted by Sandra On September - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Suicide attempts among young adults between the ages of 21 and 34 have risen alarmingly, a new study warns. Among people over 21, the rate of suicide attempts rose 21.5 percent, increasing ‘significantly’ from 2004 to 2013. Suicide attempts are up across the board in the US, but young adults with lower education levels are at especially high risk. Deaths from suicide are on the rise as well, but not as dramatically as suicide attempts. Researchers from Columbia University think that economic and career instability may be leading more young adults to attempt suicide than ever. READ MORE HERE

Why Are Suicide Rates Rising?

U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High

Suicide and Suicide Attempts in Adolescents

Dramatic Increase in Teen Suicide

Epidemiology of Youth Suicide and Suicidal Behavior 

About Teen Suicide – Kids Health



PTSD from Childhood Trauma

Posted by Sandra On July - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

PTSD in Children and Teens

This fact sheet provides an overview of how trauma affects school-aged children and teens. You will also find information on treatments for PTSD in children. To learn about PTSD in very young children, please see our fact sheet Very Young Trauma Survivors: The Role of Attachment.

What events cause PTSD in children?

Children and teens could have PTSD if they have lived through an event that could have caused them or someone else to be killed or badly hurt. Such events include sexual or physical abuse or other violent crimes. Disasters such as floods, school shootings, car crashes, or fires might also cause PTSD. Other events that can cause PTSD are war, a friend’s suicide, or seeing violence in the area they live.

Child protection services in the U.S. get around three million reports each year. This involves 5.5 million children. Of the reported cases, there is proof of abuse in about 30%. From these cases, we have an idea how often different types of abuse occur:

  • 65% neglect
  • 18% physical abuse
  • 10% sexual abuse
  • 7% psychological (mental) abuse

Also, three to ten million children witness family violence each year. Around 40% to 60% of those cases involve child physical abuse. (Note: It is thought that two-thirds of child abuse cases are not reported.)


Internet Safety: Keep Kids Safe Online

Posted by Sandra On July - 1 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The internet is a fantastic tool, but dangers lurk within! Keeping your children and teens safe online becomes more challenging by the day. Don’t worry though! In this guide, I show you what dangers to look out for, and share some quick and easy tips to help protect your loved ones. The internet raises a host of dilemmas for modern parents. While we are keen to see our children harness the opportunities the web offers them, we also have to balance this with the obvious need to protect young people from its inherent dangers. The internet is now far too ubiquitous for parents to simply plead a lack of technical understanding. The dangers of the connected world are just as real as the benefits. READ MORE HERE

Ending Child Abuse And Maltreatment In The U.S

Posted by Sandra On June - 19 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

According to recent data from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, one in 34 children is confirmed as abused or neglected in Massachusetts each year. That’s one case confirmed every 15 minutes. To get a better picture of the issue, I sat down with Suzin Bartley, executive director of The Children’s Trust, an organization with a mission to stop child abuse in Massachusetts. Bartley also serves as a co-chair of the Massachusetts Legislative Task Force on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. In our interview, we discuss some of the systemic contributors to child abuse, the costs that abuse incurs for the individual and the community, and the most effective ways to end the epidemic. READ MORE HERE

Online Kid Safety: Parent’s Guide

Posted by Sandra On June - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Online Kid Safety: A Parent’s Guide To Protecting Children’s Privacy

Do you wonder what dangers our children face online? Do you read news reports about online predators and scammers and want to teach your kids to protect themselves? Looking to gain control over what your child can and can’t view online?

I’m sure you will agree with us when we say protecting children’s privacy online can often be overwhelming.

The internet is constantly changing and new dangers pop up every month. Criminals change tactics frequently and last year’s defenses sometimes just don’t work anymore.

In this guide, we outline some of the issues facing modern parents today and provide step-by-step instructions on how to protect your loved ones. SOURCE 

Table of Contents

  1. Is Children’s Cybersecurity and Privacy An Issue?
  2. What Are Governments Doing?
  3. Is It Effective?
  4. How To Teach Kids Online Vigilance
  5. What Can Parents Do To Reduce The Risk To Their Child?
  6. How Can Parents Monitor Home Internet Access & Protect Children Online?
  7. Conclusion

Creative Therapies are Helping Abuse Survivors to Recover

Posted by Sandra On May - 20 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Whether it is psychological, emotional or sexual, being a victim of abuse can leave emotional and mental wounds that are much more difficult to heal than cuts and bruises. Survivors of childhood abuse may often find it immensely difficult to cope with the damage to their own mental health and the intense, negative thoughts and feelings that plague them for a long time after the actual abuse has ended. Going through abuse in childhood can lead to mental health issues in adulthood, which can hinder an individual’s ability to find peace and happiness in their life.

Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, suicidal thoughts, trust issues, and distressing memories are all common problems dealt with by individuals who have survived childhood abuse and trauma. Therapy can help abuse survivors find an outlet for these negative feelings and learn new, healthier ways to combat them and improve their life and wellbeing. Creative therapies have become more and more common in recent years; here are just some of the reasons why they can be so effective.

Reason #1. An Outlet for Negative Feelings:

Often, abuse survivors find it very difficult to put their feelings, experiences and thoughts into words. Many have been conditioned not to speak about the abuse and will find it difficult to finally open up and bare all about what has happened to them. This is especially true for younger children or those who have only just begun to seek help. Creative therapies such as art therapy provide an outlet for these thoughts and feelings without requiring the patient to communicate verbally; for example, they can draw pictures to represent their feelings and emotions.

Reason #2. Provides a Distraction:

Another reason why creative therapies have become so popular amongst survivors of abuse is that they provide a welcome distraction from negative feelings and thoughts. Whether taking part in a group or as an individual, many creative therapies allow the patient to totally immerse themselves in what they are doing and focus on letting their creative juices flow, which in turn can help them to think more positively towards themselves and aid with recovery from associated mental health problems such as depression. Simple tasks such as working to create a card or paint a picture can give the patient something positive to focus on and work towards.

Reason #3. Deal with Repressed Memories:

It is not uncommon for survivors of childhood abuse to have a range of repressed memories that can become very difficult to deal with. The unique thing about creative therapies, such as art therapy, is that it gives the patient better access to their subconscious. Creativity is largely controlled by the right hemisphere of the brain, which is also where memories are stored. Because of this, art can help survivors come to terms with their experiences and face repressed memories to deal with them with the help of a trained medical professional such as a counsellor.

Even after the abuse has ended, the ramifications for mental health can be devastating for the survivor. Creative therapies provide an outlet for the negative feelings and increase the chance of dealing with repressed memories and thoughts that are getting in the way of a full recovery.


Therapy for Abuse Survivors, Survivors of Abuse

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse: ASCA

12 Child Sex Abuse Statistics All Parents Need To Know

Posted by Sandra On April - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS


As a parent and an educator I find the statistics below both confronting and horrifying. However, they do highlight the reasons WHY we need to teach the children in our care Body Safety from the earliest of years. Such age-appropriate knowledge is empowering for children, and might well be the difference between a child becoming one of these statistics or not.

As an advocate for Body Safety Education in both homes and schools, I have heard many sad and crippling stories from adult survivors; but it’s this one shared comment that stays with me, “If only I had known from the first inappropriate touch it was wrong, my life could have been so different.”

I am not a survivor of childhood sexual abuse but I am a mother and teacher who believes we can do better by our kids. We need to put our adult fear of this topic aside, and take on the responsibility of educating our children so they know to tell, and keep on telling until they are believed. We also have a responsibility to educate ourselves so we know the signs of sexual abuse and grooming. Believing a child when they disclose sexual abuse is of the utmost importance, as is our reaction to the disclosure.

These statistics are a call to action for parents, carers and teachers everywhere — let’s educate ourselves and our kids in Body Safety, and like any good “ripple effect,” let’s educate others to do the same! I am asking you to play your part. Ironically, you may never know but your advocacy could positively change a child’s life forever. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE









April: Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted by Sandra On March - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

imagesSince 1985, April has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Each year, there are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse and neglect. And we know that child abuse cases are vastly under-reported, as adults often fail to recognize or respond to warning signs of child abuse, and abused children suffer in fear and silence. National Child Abuse Prevention Month offers a powerful opportunity to highlight child abuse facts, explain the importance of reporting child abuse, encourage community involvement, and support abused children.


*1 in every 3 girls will be sexually molested before the age of 18
*1 in every 5 boys will be sexually molested before the age of 18
*Every 10 SECONDS a child is raped or killed in the U.S.
*Today up to 5 children will die from abuse or neglect
*In 13 seconds, another child will be abused in the U.S
*There were 2.9 million child abuse reports made in 1992
*ONLY 28% of the children identified as harmed by abuse are investigated
*Boys are at a greater risk of serious injury and of emotional neglect than are girls
*85% of the 1.2 – 1.5 million runaways are fleeing abuse at home
*80% of perpetrators are biological parents
*60 % of male survivors report at least one of their perpetrators to be female
*Children in mother-only households are 4 times more likely to be fatally abused
*Female abusers are typically younger than male abusers.
*The median age was 30 years for women and 33 years for men
*Today 6 children will commit suicide
*Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death (ages 15-24)
*Untreated child abuse increases the likelihood of arrest for a violent crime by 38 percent
*60 MILLION survivors are former victims of child sexual abuse in America today
*71 % of child sex offenders are under the age of 35
*38% of women & 20% of men have been sexually abused during adolescence
*It is estimated that 3%-6% of the clergy population has abused a child
*Natural mothers are the perpetrators of 93% of physical neglect, 86% educational neglect, 78% emotional neglect, 60% physical abuse, 55% emotional abuse.
*The typical pedophile molests an average of 117 children–most of whom do not report the offense
~Imagine the outcry if these statistics represented a disease, which was wiping out 5 children per day, victimizing millions, and who’s by-products where disabilities & expanding violence. Youth rights are really about human rights, and simple empathy is a giant first step to the benefits of increased awareness. The high jump in child abuse statistics shows the importance of youth rights by showing cases of frightening lack of knowledge!!~
Go ahead….


Take Action


Take action to support healthy child development and help prevent child abuse and neglect in both big ways and small. Whether you donate to Prevent Child Abuse America, participate in one of our fundraising events, or join us by contacting your local office, your contribution makes a difference.

What can you do right now? Anything you do to support kids and parents can help reduce the isolation and stress that often leads to abuse and neglect.



Purchase a STOP CHILD ABUSE Bracelet (Promo: Buy one, Get one 3/25/2017 – 4/30/2017)

Purchase a Child Sex Abuse Educational Activity Book (Promo: Buy one, Get a free bracelet)

Create a PINWHEEL Garden in your community!!

Be a friend to a parent you know. Ask how their children are doing. Draw on your own experiences to provide reassurance and support. If a parent seems to be struggling, offer to baby-sit or run errands, or just lend a friendly ear. Show you understand.

Be a friend to a child you know. Remember their names. Smile when you talk with them. Ask them about their day at school. Send them a card in the mail. Show you care.

Talk to your neighbors about looking out for one another’s children. Encourage a supportive spirit among parents in your apartment building or on your block. Show that you are involved.

Give your used clothing, furniture and toys for use by another family. This can help relieve the stress of financial burdens that parents sometimes take out on their kids.

Volunteer your time and money for programs in your community that support children and families, such as parent support groups, child care centers, and our state chapters and local Healthy Families America sites.

Advocate for public policies, innovative programs and issues that benefit children and families.

Ask your school/community/club/co-workers to participate in a WEAR BLUE DAY!

More Ways “YOU” Can Help 


Child Maltreatment is Preventable

CDC works to stop child maltreatment, including abuse and neglect, before it initially occurs. In doing this, CDC promotes the development of safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments between children and their parents or caregivers. Children’s experiences are defined through their environments (such as homes, schools, and neighborhoods) and relationships with parents, teachers, and other caregivers. Healthy relationships act as a buffer against adverse childhood experiences. They are necessary to ensure the long-term physical and emotional well-being of children.

Join CDC’s Initiative to Prevent Child Maltreatment

Safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments are essential to prevent child maltreatment and to assure children reach their full potential. The Essentials for Childhood initiative has a technical package that proposes evidence-based strategies communities can consider to promote relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens.

The Essentials for Childhood technical package is intended for communities committed to the positive development of children and families, and specifically to prevent child abuse and neglect. While child maltreatment is a significant public health problem, it is also a preventable one. The steps suggested in the Essentials for Childhood technical package—along with your commitment to preventing child maltreatment—can help create neighborhoods, communities, and a world in which every child can thrive.

Downloadable Materials

Web-based Resources

Online Training


The Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime outlines strategies for how to respond if a child tells you that he or she has been abused.

Click Here  for information about child maltreatment and ways to prevent it in your home, school and neighborhood. The packet is compiled by our Families Are Magic Coordinator with the latest and most effective information and activities to empower community members to fight child abuse and neglect.

Presidential Proclamation — National Child Abuse

Child Abuse Prevention Month – CASA for Children

Prevent Child Abuse America

Official Site – Pinwheels for Prevention

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month – Childhelp

National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Resources

Purchase a STOP CHILD ABUSE Blue Silicone Bracelet – Show your support by wearing this stylish bracelet.

Purchase Pinwheels for Prevention –  The pinwheel is the nationally recognized symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. It also symbolizes the belief that every child has the right to grow and flourish to his/her full potential within a nurturing environment.

Child Welfare Information Gateway


What can you do to help?

  • Use your voice! Call immediately to report known or suspected child abuse and neglect.
  • Get educated. Learn to identify the subtle signs of child abuse and neglect.
  • Get involved. Contact your local CAS to participate and show your support.
  • Learn more. Visit our website to learn more on child abuse.
  • Be a better parent. Work on being more understanding, patient and kind.
  • Know your duty. It’s our moral, legal and ethical duty to report child abuse.
  • Discipline without punishment. Learn how to discipline your child without using physical force from the article, Yes, You Can! – Positive discipline ideas for you and your child.

Ways to Keep Your Child Safe

Posted by Sandra On February - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Ways to Keep Your Child Safe with Crucial Road Safety Tips

Over and over, the little girl bounces the ball off a pavement. The toy then bounces off the surface awkwardly and begins to head to other side of the road. All the sudden the sound of tires screeching is heard throughout the neighborhood. The car comes to an abrupt stop and the driver watches the ball continuously bounce across the road. Fortunately, the little girl was only determined to cross the street where a pedestrian crossing was located because that is what her mum taught her.

With the number of vehicles increasing on our roads, it is important that a child is taught and understands road safety. By being taught child road safety signs when you are young, you will remain safe whether you are playing with toys as a child, or when preparing to get your driving license using practice theory tests on Top Tests.

In fact, there are particular road safety guidelines that will help you remain safe when you are in various situations. These guidelines can be taught to your children also.

Stop. Look. Think. Listen

The first thing that your child should be taught is to stop before crossing the street. Your child should look to the left and then the right for any traffic before they cross the street.

It is also important for the child to think about whether the road is clear enough for them to cross the street. Finally, as your child crosses the street, they should be constantly listening and looking for any cars or vans on the street.

Stay in Safe Areas

Teach your child where the safe areas are located. These are the areas where they can safely play. Some areas you may designate as safe are a fenced-in garden or driveway where they are away from moving vehicles.

Set a Good Example

Kids often imitate what adults do rather than listen to what they say. This means it is crucial that you set a good example for your child. Your child needs to see you practice road safety every day. This means that you need to use a seat belt when driving or riding in a vehicle. Car seats should also be correctly installed for your child to use during road trips.

Use Safety Gear Whilst Playing

Make sure your child wears safety gear whenever they are playing. Protective gear should be worn when playing with toys that have wheels such as bikes, skateboards, roller skates and scooters. Although helmets are an important protective gear because they help to reduce the risk of head injuries, knee pads and elbow pads are also important.

Hold Your Child’s Hand

You should always do this when the two of you are walking in public, around parked vehicles or near a road. Your child is still learning how the world works around them, and they do not have the mental capacity to make important decisions regarding road safety. They should always be under supervision when they are near traffic.

Whether your child is outside playing or walking across a car lot, it is critical they know and practice safety. Implementing these guidelines will make playtime safer and more enjoyable.


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