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Tuesday, March 05, 2013 - New website dedicated to bullying prevention

Bullying is a growing problem among our nation’s youth. In fact, approximately one third of children will be victimized by it. That’s why Gundersen Lutheran and Kohl’s Cares® Together Against Bullying have created a comprehensive website—togetheragainstbullying.org—to work together to prevent and reduce bullying.

“Bullying is not just a school’s problem; it is everyone’s problem,” explains Jeff Reiland, MS, CPT-S, Gundersen Lutheran child & family therapist. “Parents, children, medical providers, teachers and all concerned can make a difference by becoming involved in ways that prevent and reduce bullying. This website is a wonderful resource and starting point.”

The website contains:

  • Strategies for parents and children to prevent bullying
  • Activities to reduce mean behavior while strengthening a child's understanding of kindness, empathy and friendship
  • Videos and self-assessment tools
  • Facts about cyberbullying, myths of bullying and ways to be an “upstander”
  • Much more content to come – check back often!

Jeff says the development of this website has been a community-wide effort, and wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration of students and faculty at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, educators from the School District of La Crosse, local law enforcement, the La Crosse County Bullying Prevention Taskforce and many others. “The hope is that our community members visit the website often, and play their part in nurturing kind and resilient children,” he adds.

In addition to the website, 30 Kohl’s Cares® Together Against Bullying presentations are planned throughout the Tri-state Region in 2013. Both are possible thanks to a grant from Kohl’s Department Store.

“We are extremely fortunate to have the resources available to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families in our community and beyond,” says Kris Edwards, program manager, Gundersen Lutheran Pediatrics.

Check out the website today at togetheragainstbullying.org.

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