School bullying is recognised as a mental health problem of childhood by medical and educational authorities, according to Mayo Clinic psychologists. Once dismissed as an relatively harmless childhood behaviour, it is now seen as a serious problem. At least half of all children face a bully during their school years. Technology has joined the schoolyard as a place for harassment. Parents and teachers can learn to recognise bullying, and can join students in developing effective propaganda targeting it.
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Once mostly limited to the school playground or classroom, bullying can now travel miles at the speed of light. Cyber-bullying, online and via cell phone, extends the reach of bullies, but also opens new of defence. Online repositories such as Think Slogans invite contributions of slogans and allow readers to vote on their effectiveness. Examples of anti-bullying slogans voted to have useful impact are: "Don't be mean behind the screen," "Online harassment has an off-line impact," "Control, Escape, Delete" and "Be Nice on the Net."
Public Encouragement to Report
Posters displayed in school hallways and classrooms can offer a simple reporting system and encourage children who are bullied to feel supported and capable of taking action. For instance, posters available for free online from Reportbullying.com offer slogans that make clear and direct anti-bullying statements and refer victims to the website reporting system. The site also provides a system of anti-bullying campaigns and teams to back up the poster slogans. Examples of slogans are: "Speak Up-Tell a parent-Tell a Teacher-If you are bullied or if you witness bullying," and "Report the bullying before the next teardrop falls."
Creative Students And The Media
Student creativity and media publicity can increase public awareness of bullying. For instance, in March 2011, Buffalo, N.Y., Mayor Byron W. Brown selected the winner of the city's anti-bullying slogan contest. Public School 302, the Emerson School of Hospitality, won the advertising campaign with "Buffalo Bulldozes Bullying," as reported by local radio station WIVB. "It is important to raise awareness about bullying," Brown said. "It has become a very serious issue ... we all play a part in the 'bulldozing' of bullying and violence."
Slogans to combat bullying in schools have prompted government action. For instance, legislators in many states have supported and initiated anti-bullying slogan campaigns. In New York's 61st Senate District, State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhoffer announced the slogan "Build Up. Don't Tear People Down" to kick off a campaign across the western region of the state.
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