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 brotherand 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)
To ENTER (4 entries total):
1. Share your experience with Bullying
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