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TAP Presents October = Anti-Bullying Month

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What is Kindness?

Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, respectful, compassionate, and considerate of others. Kindness can be shown through a smile, a compliment, an unexpected act of encouragement or help, a planned surprise, or any gesture of goodwill, positivity, or support. Kindness is the anecdote to bullying behavior. #Ichoosekindness

#IChooseKindness Campaign

The Autism Program at Easterseals needs your help with this year’s community outreach for bullying prevention. We are asking our community to choose kindness! Help us reach 1,000 uses of the #Ichoosekindness hashtag to express what kindness means to you and spread the positive power of kindness. Post a short video, photo, story, or words of inspiration to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Please make sure to you use this # to be counted.   

We are asking our community to COME TOGETHER! Use the hastag #ICHOOSEKINDNESS

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Bullying Facts

  • Bullying is intentional, negative behavior that’s repeated and involves an imbalance of social or physical power. Bullying doesn’t just affect the students being bullied. It can cause emotional harm and reduce academic achievement for all students involved: victim, bully, and bystander.
  • Bullying affects the ability to learn.
  • One in five students (all grades) report they have been bullied.
  • Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are bullied 30% more than their same-aged peers.
  • 60% of children who are bullied do not report they are being bullied.
  • 70-90% of children witness bullying on a regular basis, whether in person or online.
  • Among students ages 12-18 who reported being bullied at school during the school year, 15% were bullied online or by text.
Research shows that communities who come together can reduce and put a stop to bullying. At Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford, we have certainly made a dent but, we have much more work to do. The Autism Program of Easterseals (TAP) has created a community kindness jar and we are asking people to submit names for school-aged individuals who do acts of kindness. We are also asking you to submit a video, photo, or statements on...

Resources
October = Anti-Bullying Month so Easterseals is in full gear creating awareness. As part of our responsibility to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention, we’re providing a list of resources for you to explore during the month of October and beyond. 

Brought to you by The Autism Program of Easterseals:

Adult Bullying Health Effects

Bullying is not just a problem in childhood or the teenage years. In a study of 2,000 adults, 31% reported they are bullied. Those who have been bullied as an adult reported:

If you are being bullied …

Witness to bullying …

One small thing that might change the outcome.

When enough people take small steps, they can add up to big changes.

For additional resources, please call our office 815.395.5566

References

Stopbullying.gov
MentalHealthAmerica.net
Sesame Street.org

Thank you to our amazing partners who support this campaign and spread kindness everyday!

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Funding provided in whole or in part by The Autism Program of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Human Services.

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