Bullying workshop aims to teach parents prevention

Can names really hurt us? The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greenwich will partner with the Anti-Defamation League to address the issue in the free bullying awareness workshop, ”What Kids Wish Their Parents Knew,” for parents of elementary and middle school children

The interactive workshop, to take place Oct. 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall, is designed to teach parents how they can recognize and help prevent bullying.

JCC said that staggering statistics regarding adolescent suicide — as the third leading cause of death among Connecticut residents ages 15 to 19 — and the untimely death of Greenwich High School student Bartlomeiej “Bart” Palosz on Aug. 27, are urgent reminders that bullying, name calling and cyber-bullying are frequently associated with tragic consequences. JCC Greenwich and the Anti-Defamation League will team up to educate and equip families with bullying prevention and intervention strategies.

The Anti-Defamation League has reached more than 120,000 Connecticut students with its anti-bias program for high school students, Names Can Really Hurt Us. The upcoming bullying workshop is geared for parents of even younger students at the elementary and middle school level.

Marji Lipshez-Shapiro, the league’s director of education, will share her insights from working with young people across the state and explain how every child is involved in bullying through four key roles that people play in instances of bullying. She will be joined by a panel of area high school students who will share their experiences and respond to questions.

JCC CEO Pamela Ehrenkranz welcomes the participation of the Greenwich Public Schools PTA Council in helping to raise awareness of this program.

“We are fortunate to have a high degree of parental involvement and support in the Greenwich school community,” Ms. Ehrenkranz said. “The goal of this program is to help people move beyond the common practice of responding to bullying behavior after the fact and towards the consistent practices of prevention and interference before the unimaginable happens. We send our profound condolences to the Palosz family.”

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