See Something, Say Something! Bullying Prevention Ideas & Statistics Every Parent Should Know.
In today’s society, it seems as though our schools, students and parents alike, are becoming more aware of the severity of bullying amongst our youth. This awareness includes those that are participating in bullying behavior, as well as those being targeted by it.
As soon as you cross through the doors of most public schools, you have officially entered a “Bully Free Zone.” But, what exactly does that mean? Does it mean just as it states, that there are in fact no bullies, hurt feelings or days that children dread going to school in fear of being treated cruelly? As lovely as that sounds, sadly, that just isn’t the case as studies have shown.
The truth is kids can be, and are at times cruel; in a brutally honest, still gaining their footing in life, kind of way. One of the biggest questions raised by parents and schools is: “Has bullying gotten worse with each generation? Or, have we as a society, simply become more aware of it, as well as the severe effects that it takes on our youth?”
Based on research, that the Federal Government began in 2005 to track bullying, it appears that it’s actually a combination of the two, as well as a third element that is still fairly new, yet just as damaging. Cyber Bullying has become one of the more common ways that students choose to bully other students, and the effects are severe.
According to pacer.org, as of 2016, statistics reveal that more than 1 in 5 students has reported bullying, which equates roughly 21% of enrolled students within the United States. That figure has actually dropped from 28% in 2005 when this research began. So, although it seems that bullying continues to worsen with each generation, we are indeed making progress.
In a study specifically conducted of 12 to 18yr old students, 35% reported traditional bullying, including physical and verbal. Whereas, 15% reported being victims of cyberbullying. Although the numbers aren’t nearly as high, that an additional 15% of cases that used to not exist in earlier generations. Cyberbullying can also have a larger and longer impact on students, as the world wide web has the ability to do just as it states, which is reach the world through the web.
Statistics also show that a staggering 64% of those victimized by bullying never report it, in fear of retaliation or not being heard or believed. Some of the reasons that those that do report being victimized include: Looks (55%) Body Shape (37%) and Race (16%).
These same studies also show that over half of all bullying, approximately 57%, actually stops altogether when a peer intervenes. Just one time! See something, say something, and make that change for just one person! In doing so, you can not only change their life but in some cases, you may also save a life as well.
In 2015, the Center for Disease Control released studies that showed that those participating in bullying activities can later in life suffer from depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, academic problems and an increased risk of substance abuse and violent behavior. Those being targeted by bullying are at an even higher risk for the same problems both in school, as well as later in life.
Due to such alarming statistics and severe effects that bullying can have, on both those targeted as well as the culprits, schools decided something needed to change, and fast. A large majority of public schools are now actively participating in “Bullying Prevention Programs” as well as implementing them as early as possible. These programs have amazingly decreased reported bullying by 25% since 2013!
So, what exactly does a “Bullying Prevention Program” look like? Especially when dealing with younger aged participants? Well, it’s actually very pleasant, very interactive and surprisingly subtle as well. My daughter came home with the following handout from Metolius Elementary, located in Central Oregon.
She didn’t even realize that the material was to prevent bullying, she just thought it was a fun activity, and honestly, it is! What better way to engage with your peers than by spreading kindness! Great job pacer.org, Metolius Elementary and all the public schools that are taking the time to do the little things like this. In the end, it is helping to solve a very large problem. For more information about bullying statistics, prevention activities, resources, and more visit Pacer.Org and follow the links provided.
There’s Only One Way To Sing A Whitney Houston Song, And That’s With Everything You’ve Got!
Although Dane Miller’s Aunt had no idea that her video would go viral, we are oh so glad that it did. Below you will find Dane Miller, belting out Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” the only way that any fan should sing a Whitney Houston Song. With everything that they’ve got, and with every piece of soul that they have.
If only Whitney were here to see such a touching and passionate performance. However, there’s a good possibility that she was able to hear him, even way up there!
Thanks to Dane’s Aunt for such a wonderful share, and a big thank you to Dane for letting us share such a powerful moment with you! Make sure that no matter what happens in life, you keep that passion. It’s more important than one might think, trust me.
Boy/Girl! Gender Reveals That Go Terribly Wrong, But Are Equally As Funny!
Becoming an older brother or sister can become very nerve-wracking. It can also be a very scary and emotional time for everyone, especially when it comes to finding out the ultimate question –
“Is it a boy or girl?”
Watch as these soon-to-be older siblings find out whether they are going to be welcoming a little girl or a little boy home in the near future. Some could not be any happier, they got exactly what they wished for. Others, could not appear any less happy if they tried! Hilarious!
Also, there are some very creative photos and ideas for a gender reveal party, good stuff for those that need it!
That moment you learn you're getting another sibling…
Posted by America's Funniest Home Videos on Friday, June 30, 2017
What would you do if you were faced with a life or death situation? Not necessarily your own life being the one in jeopardy, but rather, it being up to you to save a life? The idea is honestly, completely and utterly….terrifying.
Would you know what to do? Would you do anything at all? Or, simply freeze in a state of panic? The scariest part about such hypothetical questions lies in the fact that until you are put in that situation, you simply don’t know what you would do.
For these 10 kids, all under the age of 16, they were faced with this scary scenario, involving their own parents. At this age, they probably haven’t pondered life and death too much, or worse case scenarios, like those of us in adulthood.
Yet, they knew exactly what to do when faced with making a life or death decision. Human instinct is amazing and equally fascinating. An enigma really, one that we may never fully understand, and maybe it’s best that we don’t.
Without further ado, Hooray Cafe presents to you, 10 heroes that may be young. but they are equally brave and heroic. Hopefully this has earned them all a spot on Santa’s ‘Nice” list, for many years to come.
Kudos to all of you! You have inspired us all!
10. 5-Year-Old Saves Dad from Burning Home
9. Two Sisters Lift 2000 Pound Tractor Off Of Their Father
8. Brave Little Girl Saves Mom
7. Boy Saves Father From Bull Attack
6. Five-Year-Old Becomes a Real-Life Superhero
5. Boy Saves Mother from Choking
4. Young Girl Saves Mom and Brothers From Fire
3. Boy Saves Father From Car Accident
2. Boy Runs Half-Mile to Save Father
Kids Trying Traditional Breakfast Foods From The Past 100 Years — Hilarious!
As the years go by, we sometimes forget that the current trends go right along with them. Each generation finds comfort in what they find familiar, especially in food. So what happens when you step out of that comfort zone and cross into another generation’s traditions?
Sometimes the results can be educational, beautiful and unforgettable. Other times, the results can be downright hilarious, which is the case in the below video clip by Bon Appetit. Watch as kids, along with their brutal honesty, take a huge leap out of their comfort zone and taste test 100 years worth of traditional breakfast foods. Enjoy!
Sometimes All It Takes Is A Child’s Perspective To Teach Us What Truly Matters
What do you have that makes you rich?
Posted by Meaww on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Sibling Rivalry Is Nothing New, And Apparently Neither Is This Mother’s Solution
What was initially just another Facebook post, showing Alexis Tillman’s method on teaching her children to get along, has now gone viral. There were a lot of mixed reactions in the beginning, but 1-millions views later, we are learning that this method is actually used by quite a few moms. Referred to as the “I Love You” or “Get Along” shirt, it may be a solution for you to consider if you are having issues with sibling rivalry and constant bickering. If you do use this method, please share your story with us, we would love to see your personal results. In the meantime, you can read the original, and now viral, article below.
Being A Parent Is Hard, But So Is Being A Kid
Parenting definitely has its rewards, no question about it. Yet, at times it can often be an uphill battle as well. Although these battles are not discussed as often as all of the wonderful things that our children do, all parents have reached their wit’s end at some point in time. The below article really helped to put a lot of things into perspective as far as how frustrating being a child can be as well. So, the next time that you just cannot take one more little annoyance, remember this post; take a breath and remind yourself, kids get frustrated too.
See What Happens When This Young Man Converted $20.00 Into Kindness
Girls Are Super Stars!
In this backyard rendition of ‘American Ninja Warrior’, we meet the sweetest little girl, named Lila. She is Also, now Denver Cities newest Ninja Warrior record holder. Such a fun video! Lila you are quite the all-star, and we here at The Hooray Cafe, tip our hats to you!
This girl may be too young to compete on "American Ninja Warrior" but that didn't stop her! For more things that will make you smile, check out Happiness Heroes!(via Jukin Media)
Posted by 22 Words on Thursday, March 30, 2017
Teaching Kids To Say ‘Thank You’ To Our Everyday Heroes –
The below article was originally posted for teachers as a project for their students, however, it can be very useful for all of us. As adults, we too forget about our everyday unspoken heroes that work hard, so that our days run smoother.
It is a wonderful project to do with your kids, and a great way to teach the importance of gratitude, as well as the importance 0f our workforce. So, if you’re in the mood to brighten the day of your postal worker, or landscaper, crossing guard, bus driver etc… Then, check out
So, if you’re in the mood to brighten the day of your postal worker, or landscaper, crossing guard, bus driver etc… Then, check out Teach Mama For Details
Another great resource in helping our youngsters grasp the concept of a workforce, and its importance, is a site and organization called 1 in 100 Million; Today’s Workforce, One Story At A Time. A site dedicated to telling the personal stories of our everyday workers, from security guards to gold miners. A celebration of them all as individuals, and presented by Kronos.
So there you have it, simple, yet powerful ways to get our youth involved with the community! Now go spread some joy and appreciation, for Goodness’ Sake!
Kid President: 20 Things We Should Say More Often –
Straight from the mouth of a babe. There are three people in life that you can depend on to tell you the truth, brutally. They are those that are angry, those have been drinking, and kids. You can always count on the kids, especially when it comes to delivering, quite often, mind-blowing statements.
We could all learn a thing or two from the innocent insight that comes from a beautiful place in a child’s mind, a place that seems to become inaccessible the older we get. Perhaps, that innocence is still there within us all, and we have just simply become conditioned to focus on the negative, and no longer look for the little things that make us just feel good.
Allow yourself to just sit back, smile, find your inner child, and listen to what Kid President has to say. Also, let’s try to take this one step further, and apply this in our day-to-day routines.
What Is Love?
Children will ultimately be our saving grace, especially when needed. They see the world through a different set of lenses. The world that they see, at times, is so much brighter and positive, filled with so much hope, and clearly. LOVE.
Although they are still just in elementary school, these kids share what their definition of the following question: “What is Love?”
Some of the answers are startlingly accurate and more precise than what most adults would answer if asked the same question. Rather than making today complicated, or expensive, just make it genuine. Allow more love than pride in today and we can assure you, it will make all the difference. Happy Valentine’s Day!
When Jazmyne was asked why she wanted to help her mom so much this year, with her baby brother, in particular, Her response was, “Because I love her!”
She could not have been more sure and genuine in that moment.
Through the eyes of a child, we will begin to see the world again, for what it truly is. Pure, simple, and overflowing with love and laughter.
Kids Caught Doing Good
What a wonderful feeling it is, to see the world through a child’s eyes. If only some of us had the same visions that these gracious kids do. Watch, as children open their hearts, and think nothing of it. Genuine, kind, and all-around good kids, doing good deeds.
What a beautiful site.
There is nothing more touching than the genuine joy and excitement felt by these children. Watch as they receive the surprise of a lifetime, and welcome their loved ones home from service.
My daughter absolutely loves watching these, and I have to say, I do too!
Many thanks to those serving overseas, that are sacrificing time with their families to protect ours. Here at Hooray Cafe, we salute you!