#WoMRadio teams with #NoSuchThingAsaBully and #TheKindCampaign

#WoMRadio has been sharing a heartfelt PSA recorded by grieving father David Carraturo.  His daughter Julianna tragically took her own life this past January, as a result of depression caused by relentless bullying in school.  Somehow the family has managed to channel their grief in order to do everything they can to make sure that other families don’t suffer this horrific experience.  By partnering with The Kind Campaign and The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, they are tirelessly working to raise awareness as well as funding.  There is a gofundme campaign as well as a facebook page for support.

Kelly Karius became interested in bullying issue in 2000, after being hired to help 20 sets of parents deal with a teacher who was using bully actions with his students. This experience made it clear to Kelly that adults need to be a part of creating and using solutions to prevent bullying against children. She feels it is not enough to have one day dedicated to bullying or a vague policy about bullying. It is the adults’ responsibility to step up and create a comprehensive culture change system that will allow children to feel safe while learning. The No Such Thing as a Bully system has been created to make it easy for adults to do this.

At No Such Thing as a Bully, we believe that all adults and children use both bully actions and victim responses. One set of skills solves both ways of behaving. We take away the labels of “bully” and “victim” and provide a new framework for dealing with this issue. This framework enhances accountability, puts tools in the hands of parents and creates systemic policies for managing bullying issues in schools.  Parents are the most important influence to their children and it’s important that they model and teach these skills in order to strengthen their children. The system allows communities to create their own experts in bullying prevention. No Such Thing as a Bully partners with the Moment of Kindness Foundation because we believe that we get more of that on which we focus. Rather than bullying and trauma we focus on bullying and kindness and work to change the culture of schools, families and communities. The system has been very successful in working with children who are dealing with depression or inaccurate thoughts that come from their experience in bullying situations. The strengthening skills are a preventative factor for everyone involved in bullying situations and provide a practical best practices policy for schools as well as a new and exciting definition for bullying. It is Kelly’s goal to share this information and the strengthening skills around the world.

The conversation is difficult, yet necessary. Here is a fascinating video presentation of No Such Thing as a Bully.

The conversation between Dori DeCarlo, Kelly Karius and David Carraturo can be heard here.

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About Traci Timmons

Traci is proud to help share the wisdom of women as the producer and co-host on the Word of Mom Radio Network. She loves being in a partnership with Dori DeCarlo who has been a friend and inspiration since childhood. When she agreed to join the team here at WoMRadio, she never imagined how fully it would become part of her life, and how meeting so many powerful and incredible women - sharing their stories and helping to empower them and build their businesses – would be so fulfilling and FUN! Traci has worked in the theatre and entertainment realm as an actress, director, singer, producer and teacher for many years. She has also been an event producer, and done every type of office manager/bookkeeper/operations job there is. Having this platform to showcase the work of the NEW business women, as well as her own is an honor and a privilege. Making new connections and building each other up is key. Current affiliations include Thespian Arts Program, The Family Repertory Company, Labyrinth Arts Collective, Darknight Productions, G Squared Productions and more. Take every day and make it great, be happy, be healthy and most important – be yourself!

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