Tricia Chinn Campbell, Children's Author of "Kai And The Magic Jacket," Celebrates Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

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Promotes tools, earlier dialogue to empower young children and students.

Bullying has become the most common form of violence in the US (NASP). Tricia Chinn Campbell, author of "Kai and the Magic Jacket," a picture book to help parents address bullying from early childhood, has today aligned with Child Psychologist Dr. Heather Gill to promote earlier bullying awareness, education and prevention.

According to Scholastic, bullying behavior can begin as early as preschool. Bullying awareness, which is observed throughout the month of October, is only one step towards prevention. While researchers are now advocating training programs in elementary and middle schools, both author and psychologist are encouraging parents to address bullying with children as young as four years with the objective of empowering them when confronted with it.

“The media has recognized bullying as a national issue because it places importance on the emotional intelligence of our children,” said Campbell. “Parents and Teachers need to know that four years old is not too soon to discuss the issues and that there are tools to help them do so.”

“I spent nights teaching confidence and boundaries in response to my daughter being bullied as a four year old," said Dr. Gill. “The key to bullying prevention is to help your child find the words to set boundaries and to deliver words with confidence instead of fear or anger.”

Campbell’s book, celebrating its first anniversary with Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and a fresh Kirkus book review (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/tricia-chinn-campbell/kai-and-the-magic-jacket), is a modern-day tale about a boy confronted with verbal bullying and the loss of personal power. She believes that parents and teachers need more communication tools such as "Kai and the Magic Jacket" to start the dialogue. Kai And The Magic Jacket is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Jacket-Tricia-Chinn-Campbell/dp/0615585051.

FAST FACTS

  •          5 million school aged children in Kindergarten through eighth grade have been affected by bullying in US (Education.com)
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  •     About 20% of kindergarten children are victims of teasing and bullying in schools vs 10% of third to sixth graders (Leff, Kupersmidt, Patterson & Power)
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  •     25% of teachers see nothing wrong with bullying or putdowns and consequently intervene in only 4% of bullying incidents (NASP)
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  •     Over two-thirds of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective (NASP)

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY
Tricia Chinn Campbell and Dr. Heather Gill are making themselves available to be interviewed throughout October. They're interested in discussing the issues so that parents can begin the development of emotional intelligence in their children as early as possible.

To schedule in-studio and remote (phone, video) interviews, contact Tricia Chinn Campbell: info(at)kaiandthemagicjacket(dot)com, (720) 841-2545

About Tricia Chinn Campbell: Campbell is a parent and the author of "Kai And The Magic Jacket," a children's picture book and modern-day tale about a boy confronted with verbal bullying and loss of personal power. She is a former advertising executive born and raised in Seattle, Washington.

While pregnant with her son, Chance, in 2007, the author wanted to develop a story featuring a half-Chinese/half-Anglo boy that would capture the imagination of all children, regardless of their ethnicity and/or cultural background. Campbell currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

About Heather C. Gill, PhD, LPC: Gill is a parent and psychologist who specializes in child behaviors. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both South Carolina and Colorado who works with teens, college students, young adults, and parenting explosive kids.

She received her master's degree in Counseling from UNC-Greensboro and her PhD from the University of Virginia. Gill has also been an adjunct faculty member at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland and Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, Colorado.

CONTACT:
Tricia Chinn Campbell
info(at)kaiandthemagicjacket(dot)com
(720) 841-2545

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