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Don’t be a bully, be a STAR.

Last updated on May 16th, 2017 at 02:42 pm

Dealing with a bully can be a difficult situation for everyone involved. Parents search for the right words of encouragement. Teachers seek the best way to prevent bullying and educate their students. And kids may feel scared, hopeless and isolated.

Fortunately, there are resources out there that can help tackle bullying such as the be a STAR alliance. Their mission is to create a positive social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through education and awareness. be a STAR, which stands for “Show Tolerance And Respect,” promotes positive methods of social interaction and encourages people to treat others as equals and with respect.

Their site features myriad resources for everyone:

Parents

be a STAR provides a collection of resources and tools that features information to enable parents to help their children. Resources range from state and federal organizations to confidential live help chat lines that aid students who are being bullied as well as prevent and stop it from taking place.

Students

When it comes to bullying, it isn’t always easy for a child to speak to an adult they know such as a parent, teacher or principal. For students being bullied, be a STAR provides a list of resources for kids to find help. Some resources include confidential call lines and websites as well as helpful tips for dealing with a bully. Information is also provided for students to start their own be a STAR chapter and create bully-free zones in their school.

Educators

be a STAR offers a free, downloadable Teacher’s Aide Resource Kit and Video Guide. Prepared in conjunction with the National Education Association Health Information Network and True Educator, Inc., the kit provides materials that promote respect and tolerance with the overall goal of eradicating bullying from not just schools, but society as well. Valuable information regarding tools for discussing bullying with students and how to overcome the effects of bullying are also included.

For more information, visit beastaralliance.org.

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