There has been a surge of bullying behavior in schools and hate crimes across the country since the election. These stories have flooded my social media feeds. Many of them happening in my own city.
As a result, Governor Coumo launched a toll-free hot line to connect New Yorkers with the state Division of Human Rights to report incidents of bias and discrimination and New York has created a special police unit.
“We’ve had an uptick in hate crimes, actually a little bit more than an uptick. We’re up 31% from last year. We had at this time last year 250, this year we have 328, specifically against the Muslim population in New York City — we went up from 12 to 25, and anti-Semitic is up, too, by 9% from 102 to 111,“ NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill.
Unfortunately too many don’t know how to deal with bullying behavior.
Monica of Mommy Maestra created a packet for parents and educators to use with their children and students.
The #RespectEachOther Packet focuses on bullying and it isn’t just for children of color. It’s for all children.
It not only deals with what to do if you are being bullied, but also what to do if you SEE someone who is being bullied. And it gives advice to parents who have children that are being bullied.
The #RespectEachOther packet includes:
- posters to be placed as visual reminders
- an educator’s guide
- discussion questions & guide
- resources for parents
- phrases parents can use when talking to school officials about their child being bullied
- plans for students on how to deal with a bully
- writing prompts
- writing pages and
- a recommended reading list
The packet will soon be available in Spanish.