Be the One Bullying Prevention Campaign Encourages Kids To Identify and Talk to a “Trusted Adult” and Gives Adults Tips on How to Step Up

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Most bullying prevention experts advise children to "tell a trusted adult" when they are being bullied but many children do not know who to talk to and fear it may even make the bullying situation worse. Author Kathryn Otoshi, along with Tangled Ball, an anti-bullying website, created the free Be the One Go-To Adult materials to encourage children to identify their "Go-To Adult" and then give that adult the tips and tools they need to step up.

Award-winning author of One, Kathryn Otoshi, has teamed up with Tangled Ball, an anti-bullying website and consulting service devoted to early prevention, parenting and the role of the bystander, to develop free downloadable materials that encourage elementary school-aged children to identify and then tell a trusted adult when they feel they are faced with a bullying issue. The Be the One Go-To Adult personalized certificate recognizes that trusted adult and then gives them guidance on how to rise to the honor.

“Most bullying prevention experts advise children to ‘tell a trusted adult’ when they're being bullied. Although most adults are well meaning, we have to start recognizing that kids fear we will make it worse by either overreacting or not reacting enough,” said Susan Raisch, founder of Tangled Ball. “The reality is that in many cases, that’s true, but telling an adult is often critical. Be the One Go-To Adult campaign was developed so that kids don’t feel alone.”

Be the One Go-To Adult is based on Ms. Otoshi’s book, One. Although technically a children’s book, One resonates with all ages. Its powerful message of leadership and respect is being used in classrooms across the United States. The materials can be used in tandem with any bullying prevention campaign or as a standalone activity.

“I’m thrilled that One has been so widely embraced and can be used as a vehicle to inspire children to stand up for themselves and for others,” said Ms. Otoshi. “If children feel like there is an adult who understands them and that their Be the One Go-To Adult is prepared to help, perhaps the pain of bullying can be diminished.”

Schools, after-school programs, counselors and families are encouraged to go to Tangled Ball to download the Be the One Go-To Adult Certificate and the Be the One Congratulatory Letter. Additional support and information can be accessed on the Tangled Ball website.

Tangled Ball is a marketing, outreach and consulting service that specializes in difficult issues that affect homes and schools, including bullying prevention and online safety.

Sometimes It Just Takes One.

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