If you’ve been reading the news at all lately, you know that bullying is becoming a big issue. It’s been around our society since we’ve had public school, indeed, since kids have been herded together in large groups for the sake of their educations. A reading of Lord of the Flies can only give you a taste of the cruelties young boys and girls are capable of, and with the rising accessibility of the internet, smart phones, and Twitter it’s easier than ever before to bring a classmate down a notch or four. Unfortunately, bullying isn’t so harmless a method of socialization as kids seem to think. It can lead to depression, mental issues, and even suicide, as we’ve seen in several highly publicized cases across the United States. Bullying even affects Indianapolis children in high schools, middle schools, and even elementary schools around the Circle City; it’s a growing problem, no matter where you live or how old your kids are (though by the 20’s bullying takes on a different, more subtle form). If you’re an Indianapolis resident and interested in the continued impact of bullying on our country, you should attend Banishing Bullying, a symposium and round table discussion taking place at the Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center in downtown Indianapolis on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, 2011.
|Video of SuEllen Fried and Brad Jones giving a presentation entitled “Power of Kindness in Schools, Prisons, and Society” in 2008; SuEllen Fried will be speaking as part of Banishing Bullying at the Glick JCC in Indianapolis|
Banishing Bullying will begin on Friday, March 18, 2011 at 7:30 with a presentation by SuEllen Fried, the founder of BullySafeUSA and the author of three books on bullying and its effects. Fried’s most recent book is Banishing Bullying Behavior: Transforming the Culture of Pain, Rage, and Revenge, published in 2009 by Rowman and Littlefield Education. This book will likely form the basis of her presentation on Friday, but she has two other bullying books to her credit: Bullies and Children: Helping Your Children Through the Playground Battlefield (which she co-authored with her daughter) and The Truth About Bullying: What Educators and Parents Must Know and Do. Fried holds a BA from Park University and has an accreditation from the Academy of Registered Dance Therapists. Likely if you’ve been following bullying in the news, you’ve glimpsed SuEllen Fried: she has made appearances on Good Morning America, The Today Show, MSNBC, and in several interviews and magazine articles. In addition, Fried’s trophy case is stocked with awards for her endeavors, from being named President George H. W. Bush’s 900th Point of Light in 1993 to earning a Kansas City Spirit Award in 1989.
|Video of an interview with SuEllen Fried in which she discusses her past accomplishments in the field; SuEllen Fried will be speaking as part of Banishing Bullying at the Arthur M. Glick Jewish Cultural Center in Indianapolis|
Presented by the Indianapolis section of the National Council of Jewish Women and the Albert and Sara Reuben Senior and Community Resource Center, Banishing Bullying is an important presentation for teachers, principals, parents, administrators, and other people who are involved in the Indianapolis education system. SuEllen Fried will be giving her presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2011, to be followed by a round table discussion on the subject the following afternoon, Saturday, March 19 from 1:30 to 4:30. Both Indianapolis events are absolutely free and open to the public, whether you’re involved in the school system or not. How the Indianapolis community (and the national community) responds to bullying will impact the future of our country, as bullying harms the very people who will be running businesses, the government, and the arts in the coming decades: our children. Attending Banishing Bullying at the Glick JCC won’t solve the problem, but it will at least raise your awareness and give you tools to safeguard our future and our children’s well-being.
Banishing Bullying with SuEllen Fried
Friday, March 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 1:30 to 4:30