April 16, 2012

Native anti-bullying video

Indian Health Service Releases Anti-Bullying VideoIndian Health Service has released an anti-bullying Public Service Announcement with a strong message: "Bullying is not Native and does not honor our traditions or culture."

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

An astonishing thirteen million kids face bullying each year according to government surveys, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the United States.

American Indian and Alaska Native youth are no exception.

American Indian and Alaska Native youth experience bullying for a wide variety of reasons, including racism.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Native It Gets Better Video and Native Children Bullied by Stereotypes.

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