Trust GDC Brings Awareness to National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month this October by Educating Missouri Residents on How to Prevent Bullying

Missouri insurance agency shares bullying prevention education and advice with residents.

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“I know I join other parents across the country who live in fear of their children being bullied at school. But how many of us take the time to think about whether or not our kid is the one doing the bullying?” asked Ruggles.

Hannibal, MO (PRWEB) October 15, 2012

Missouri insurance agency, Trust GDC, recognizes the anti-bullying awareness month by offering bullying prevention education to Missouri residents. Throughout much of the country, October means cooler temperatures, costumes and candy corn. Most people associate October with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month is another cause to be recognized, according to Jamie Ruggles, Family Protection Advisor with GDC Insurance Services, a division of Trust GDC.

“I know I join other parents across the country who live in fear of their children being bullied at school. But how many of us take the time to think about whether or not our kid is the one doing the bullying?” asked Ruggles.

Over the past decade, bullying has gone from “just kids being kids” to finally being a serious issue, and in some cases, a crime. While Missouri has made many great strides in anti-bullying efforts, from new school policies and signed state laws, there is still much to be done.

As part of an effort to raise awareness about bullying, Trust GDC is providing these educational bullying prevention tips:

For schools:

  •     Consider implementing a school-wide zero tolerance policy on bullying, with set consequences for acts of bullying.
  •     Invite more adult volunteers to monitor hallways and other areas where children are left generally unsupervised.
  •     Encourage all teachers, volunteers, and staff to connect with students. Make eye contact and say hi or address students by name. Studies show that students who feel connected are less likely to take out their frustrations on other students.

For parents:

  •     Set a good example. Think before yelling at a waiter or retail clerk when out with children.
  •     Ask lots of questions and listen. Children who feel they can talk to their parents about experiences are less likely to bully. It’s important to ask detailed questions about their day including what they did at lunch, on the way to school, and between classes.
  •     Volunteer to be an adult supervisor at a school. Often parents are invited to volunteer at lunch time or recess time. That time can be used to encourage students to interact in a positive way with other students who many not be their best friends.

Statistics show that 1 in 3 young people in the United States are involved in bullying – as a bully, target of bullying, or both – according to the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center.
While cyber-bullying has become the latest focus, many hurtful words are still tossed around in cafeterias, school buses and classrooms. And the consequences are dire. Countless acts of suicide have been linked to bullying, including some in the state of Missouri.

So this month, Trust GDC is encouraging all Missouri residents to remember that actions speak louder than words and try to set a good example about the right way to treat others. The prevention of bullying starts at home.

For more info about how Trust GDC is bringing awareness to National Anti-Bullying Awareness month please contact Jamie Ruggles, Family Protection Advisor with GDC Insurance Services, a division of Trust GDC, at 877-848-6958.

About Trust GDC:

For 128 years and counting, Trust GDC has been dedicated to creating long-term relationships with its clients and companies the agency represents. Providing a combination of business strategies, insurance and risk management, with integrity and trust, has lead Trust GDC to evolve into a most well-respected Missouri insurance agency. Striving to act in their clients’ best interest through professionalism, ethical business practices and continual education, Trust GDC also serves the diverse insurance needs of Illinois and beyond.


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