PFLAG Marietta is a growing chapter founded in Feb 2007. We meet in a safe location with plenty of parking. Newcomers are encouraged to attend. We are a friendly mix of LGBTQ people, family, parents, and friends. Light refreshments are offered. For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Sunday, April 26, 2015 01:00 pm
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: Pilgrimage United Church of Christ, 3755 Sandy Plains Road Marietta, GA 30066 (map)
Helpline for PFLAG Marietta: 678-318-1887 (This is a recording. Please allow up to 24 hours for a return call.)
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By Lina Parker
As long as there have been young people, there have been bullies. However, in the past decade the rise of the Internet and video channels such as Youtube have brought a new immediacy to the issue of bullying, which unfortunately affects so many children and young adults in this country. Images of young people being victimized by violence–and stories of the often tragic result of this harassment–have captured the public’s attention, while the media campaign known as “It Gets Better” and the forthcoming release of the film Bully have kept the issue in the national conversation.
Bullying is many things to many people, but the generally agreed upon definition, as formulated by Dan Olweus, a pioneering researcher on the subject of bullying, is aggressive or threatening behavior that a) is intended to cause harm, b) occurs over an extended period of time, and c) reflects an imbalance of power between the involved parties. Bullying can take many forms; it can also affect all types of people, from the stereotypical “geek” to the most popular kid on campus. There are steps that schools, communities, and individuals can take to combat bullying, one of which is simply addressing the problem. As more research emerges, it’s becoming clear that anti-bullying measures can work. And in many cases, these measures might make a real difference in the life of a child.
Link to this article: http://www.pflagatl.org/2012/06/prevention-and-tolerance-a-counselors-guide-to-bullying/