Spookley Giveaway: Bullying Prevention

 

 

Bullying stinks. From the minor-ish cases where kids develop low self-esteem and dread of school to the fatal cases where kids develop full-blown depression and commit suicide. I wept last night as I researched this topic and read this post about Kristina losing her brother and the brutal death of Matthew Sheppard. If you don’t think bullying is a big deal you are so very, very wrong. Bullying is robbing too many families of happy memories. One little orange pumpkin named Spookley is trying to make a difference.

While we applaud all the school programs and public service announcements out there, its parents who are making the biggest difference. Having the right tools on hand to explain bullying and how to stop it are essential to being an effective parent. Here are the facts: Every half hour a child commits suicide as a result of being bullied and more than 50% of children report being bullied.

Spookley is a square pumpkin who doesn’t quite fit into the world of round pumpkins. Through books, apps, dvds, and toys about Spookley, parents can teach kids about accepting differences and celebrating being unique. Spookley lives on Holiday Hill Farm and so everyone teases him, night and day. But just before Halloween, the weather turns stormy and Spookley saves the day. It’s story about the power of being different (check out the full line of products at Barnes&Noble here).

This month Spookley has teamed up with PACER for October. They’re working together to educate parents and prevent bullying. Pacer’s site http://www.pacer.org/bullying/ is full of stories (many sad one) and of hope. One of the most important resources is the THREE STEPS TO TAKE IF YOUR CHILD IS BEING BULLIED (click here for the full action plan).

I. Work With Your Child
II. Work With The School
III. Work With District Administration

Families are banding together to celebrate unity and diversity–this is the answer.

 

To help spread the word, we have a great prizes this super cool Orange Cambridge Satchel book bag from JCrew  filled with Spookley merchandise.  And 5% of all of Holiday Hill Enterprises’?? proceeds from sales of The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin during 2011 will be donated to PACER’??s National Bullying Prevention Center.

 

WIN IT! One lucky PRIZE WINNER receives with a Cambridge Orange Fluoro satchel filled with all Spookley books, DVD’??s, toys and flashlight. ($256 value)

CONTEST CLOSED

 

To ENTER (4 entries total):

1. Share your experience with Bullying
2. Follow @HolidayHillFarm @camsatchelco and @Momtrends on Twitter
3. Share THIS Post via Twitter or Facebook

‘??I want bullying to STOP! I entered the #Spookley the Square Pumpkin Giveaway on Momtrends.com http://bit.ly/n2ljKm’?³

Extra Entry:

4. Like Holiday Hill Farm and Momtrends on Facebook

Full disclosure:  This is a sponsored post. Winners must be 18 years or older and US Residents. No purchase necessary. Winners will be notified via email with the specifics on how to claim their prize. Contest ends 10/31/11 at Midnight EST. Winners will be picked by random.org. Giveaway Terms and Conditions: Prize cannot be substituted for cash. Prize cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts, or promotions being run by the sponsor company. 

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  • Bullying makes me angry but mostly just breaks my heart into pieces. Thank you for doing this post, I didn’t know about Spookley and now I want to check it all out!
    xo

  • Gita Prasad

    I feel like this new generation of kids are a lot worst with bullying then when I was in school. 2 of my nieces are currently dealing with bullying at school. It is so heartbreaking and I dont understand it. We have set up meeting with the parents and counseling in school. This seems to work for a while until bullying starts up again.

  • Gita Prasad

    I follow both on twitter

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  • nan

    i luckily was never bullied but i have a nephew who is having a tough time with a bully. my sister has had to go to the school about it. luckily his school has helped
    nannypanpan at gmail.com

  • Kristin B

    I used to run an after school program for middle school students, and bullying was enough of a problem that we had to make a program rule about bullying that meant a loss of privileges for bullies. It’s so sad, and it’s so hard to know how to intervene without making the kid even more of a target. Thank you for the links and information!

  • Kristin B

    I follow both on Twitter.

  • Kristin B

    I shared this article on twitter (@keb943).

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  • susanlanai

    Unfortunately, I’ve seen the effects first hand. Thankfully the school helped!

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  • Kellie O’Shields

    I have seen this in my kids school. But thankfully the teachers addressed it and handled it so well.

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  • i was new in the junior high coming all the way from the Philippines. I had an accent and some people made fun of it. I didn’t have anyone to hang out with during the 1st 3 weeks of school, and i just completely hated going to school. however, a girl befriended me, and now we are still best friends! i also love my accent which makes me different from the “Cali-girl” accents here! i had some issues growing up but that actually made me strong and have the mentality to not care what the other people think about, because i have accepted myself and my friends have accepted me for who i am.
    😀

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  • My son’s class struggled with kids bullying one another. It made going to school so stressful. I was glad to see the teacher and school address it.

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  • As a former high school English teacher I saw a serious case of bullying first hand. It took some intervention from teachers, classmates, parents and girls themselves. It came to a good resolution, however I know that that is not always the case.

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  • Dana M

    I was bullied really bad in high school by a girl. I finally stuck up for myself by fighting back and the bullying ended! I know it’s not the best solution, but it worked for my problem.

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    I follow all on Twitter.

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  • Jamie C

    As a parent of a a preschooler, 3rd grader and 5th grader, I am sad to say my oldest child has already experienced some form of bullying. We had a talk just tonight about a child in his class that he feels “hates” him. It makes me sad and infuriates me at the same time.

  • I live in MA and have been so touched by the Phoebe Prince story and tragedy that I want to make sure my kids never bully or get bullied.

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  • Kendra

    I was bullied and made fun of in middle school. I dread my daughter starting middle school next year.

  • Kendra

    I follow you all on twitter @akritical

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  • Jamie C

    Following all three on Twitter.

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  • Sadie

    I remember being bullied as a kid. It was hard to deal with, but we are stronger for standing up for ourselves.

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  • Kimberly

    When my son was 3, I was at one of his Pre-K soccer games. He was running away from a little kid, who was four, who eventually caught him, threw him on the ground, and put his hands around my son’s neck and started choking him. I went out after them, and the boy’s father said, “Oh, it’s okay. We like to wrestle at home. He doesn’t mean anything by it.” Yeah, and in the meantime, my son is turning blue. Scary!

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  • i was totally bullied in jr high. i used to hate the thought of having to go each day because of it

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  • Mikaela

    I am a very small girl. 4′ 11″! And I was bullied all through my life, and still am to this day. Every year i think people will get more mature but they never do.
    But the bullying really mad me much more honest with myself and people.

    http://twitter.com/#!/MeCaEllaM

  • Zing

    I was being bully when i was in 6grade because i went to other country to study and i did not understand english much at that time so there would be people saying things about me because they know that i did not know what they were saying so i felt like i didn’t want to go to school .If i go there will be people calling me stupid for not knowing english and i being left out alone. i can felt it that they calling me stupid by the way they look

  • HappyMomC

    I hate being bullied and I think people carry it with them into adulthood. It is a sad behaviour which must be addressed when young. The young however, can be the worst when bullying.

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  • jonna

    i liked both on facebook!!!

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  • I was bullied in 5th grade by a “mean girls” type. By the time I got to middle school though, I had grown pretty thick skin and was quick on the witty retorts. People still tried to be mean (you know how middle school is!) but I was too hilarious to be knocked down. 🙂

  • I was also bullied in junior high school and I still have dreams about it sometimes! Formative years leave such a lasting impression on others, and if I teach my children nothing else, I will teach them to be kind.

  • I liked you on facebook!

  • I am following you on twitter!

  • 1. I know firsthand how much of an impact bullying can have, especially when adults don’t acknowledge the problem and just suggest that you “toughen up”.

  • 2. Following all three on twitter, under “littlekittygaga”

  • 3. i tweeted about the giveaway, at twitter.com/littlekittygaga

  • 4. I liked both on facebook 🙂

  • Carolyn g

    I work at a school and the teachers doa great job with stopping any bullying early on. I was very impressed how they handle it.

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  • Jonna

    I followed all three in twitter!!
    @Jonnachi

  • jonna

    i shared this post via twitter!!
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  • Cammi Hevener

    First of all: I shared this post via Twitter and Facebook. And , I work at a public school library and it is So sad that bullying has become what it is… I just don’t understand the mentality behind it and I hope we find a way to reach these kids with issues before it’s too late…

  • Michelle Riebeek

    It upsets me people can be so cruel! I was cross-eyed as a child and have since have surgery. But there was one big neighbor boy who liked to bully me since I was little. But I had two bigger brothers. And that was the end. 🙂 (They didn’t hurt him)

  • My son was bullied big time last year. He had always been in a private school, so he was a bit “sheltered”. When he went to public school they called him “gay” every day until about three months before school was out. He came home sobbing every single day and my heart just broke for him

  • following all three on Twitter @masugr

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  • My daughters had that girly bullying around 3rd grade – the looks, glares, teasing, stares. Then I read a book that said girls tend to use nonverbal bullying, and boys are usually the verbal and hands-on, so they are more disruptive and get punished more, while the girls may go unnoticed while some poor little girl’s heart is breaking 🙁
    One daughter had a boy in 6th grade verbally bothering her. We addressed it with the guidance counselor, and when she spoke with him it turned out everything he teased her about was something he was actually jealous of! She is very slender and he was pudgy, and called her anorexic. He didn’t make it on the football team, but she was a fast cross country runner, so he would say running isn’t a real sport. He would make fun of our family, and it turned out he didn’t have a mom at home… it was a sad situation and he apologized after some counseling, but the following year it escalated to calling the teacher a B**** and running his hand down some girls leg, and he was kicked out of the school.

  • phxbne

    my friends child is being bullied now – what a challenge, I hope I get to avoid

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  • When I was in elementary school I had a classmate bully me through out fourth grade. She was taller and bigger than I was. One day she teased me so bad that I finally lost it when she dumped a bag of wet popcorn on me and I attacked her! I pulled off a beaded necklace of hers and started to hit her. When the teacher pulled me off her I started to cry because I realized what I had done was wrong. We both had to stay after school and talk with the principal. He later told me “Good for you. For standing up for yourself. But it’s not okay to hit people.” Lesson learned. Plus that bully never bothered me again! 🙂

  • Paula Lee

    Most of the bullies that I have met learned it from their parents. That is why it’s so hard to get it to stop…they think it’s ok.

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  • sandra

    my son has encountered being laughed at

  • D Schmidt

    My experience was watching my step son being bullied, it is heartbreaking as a parent to be so out of the control in the situation. It is not easy to rationalize with children and teachers are still not taking the issue as seriously as they need to do.

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  • Janet W.

    I’ve felt the effects of bullying when I was a child. Because I was so shy and quiet, that made kids to want to pick on me. Usually if I told the teacher, the teacher would handle it and talk with the other kids. Bullying has gotten out of control lately and it needs to stop!

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  • marybeth cialini

    I’d love to add Spookley to my anti bullying lessons at school. I teach first grade where bullying usually doesn’t occur, but the lessons are valid and necessary.

    Marybeth

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  • Beth C

    I remember some older boys bullying me on the school bus. I was too afraid to tell anybody but it was devestating to me.

  • Kristie

    Thankfully I haven’t noticed bullying with my kids or in their school. I remember kids being bullied when I was in school though. It always made me sick to see, especially since it was always for things the kids had no control over.

  • I was bullied in grade school because I was so skinny.Still makes me mad.

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  • Tessa

    I was bullied in elementary school by two boys who thought it was fun to push me around because I was smaller. We got older and went through the entire schooling system together and I got smarter than them. When we graduated high school, they apologized for all those years before.

  • Erica Best

    i was never Bullied in school but i was talked about everyday which i think is just as bad.

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  • Lisa L

    I don’t have any experiences with being bullied which is good because I think I would have taken it pretty hard. Seems like kids nowadays are being bullied more, perhaps parents aren’t properly teaching their children.

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  • Chelsey

    When my daughter was a toddler, she had to have her 4 upper teeth pulled. As a kindergartner with a slight speech impediment and missing teeth, she was teased by a couple classmates. Her dad and I always assured her there was nothing wrong with her, that the kids were just being mean. Now that she’s a little older, the other kids are losing teeth too, so it’s not much of a concern anymore. And we always tell her to treat others with respect, no matter their differences.

  • Chelsey

    I follow all 3 on twitter.
    Chelyea

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    I also like both on facebook.
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  • tubbytelly

    I can’t believe bullying has gotten so sophisticated that teenagers are killing themselves over it. Unacceptable.

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      I meant like “HHF” on Facebook 🙂

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  • Lynn

    My nephew was bullied in middle school. Thankfully, his parents were able to find out about it and help him deal with it. I think the experience made him a stronger, more compassionate individual, but sadly, not all kids have the same reaction. It just breaks my heart to think how cruel kids can be to each other.