ATA Defenders – instructors, Masters, and an 11-year-old YouTube sensation –
fight the good fight against bullying behavior across America. ATA World heralds
a few heroes in the on-going battle.
ATA Leadership NOW provides these links to external content as a courtesy to fellow parents and educators, because no stakes are higher than every child's future. The President of the United States, the First Lady of the United States, the Department of Health and Human Services, and experts at the conference clearly take bullying prevention seriously, and so does ATA.
As a Korean-American growing up in the suburbs of Little Rock, Ark., I experienced racism, discrimination and bullying from my peers. I was shy and suffered separation anxiety when I was away from my mother and father. The bullying in school fed my anxiety and often led to faked stomachaches and school absences. Instead of embracing who I was, I often resented my heritage, culture and appearance.
The Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that one-third of school-aged children in the United States are affected by bullying every year, as a target, as one who bullies or as both. Often, however, the effects of bullying are grossly underestimated.
When 9-year-old Collin was having problems with another student at school, his mom decided to seek out help from his ATA family. "By attending the Bullying Prevention Program, Collin and I learned short, simple techniques that helped with this school issue," his mom says. "Collin learned how to avoid the 'hot spots' on the playground, how to speak up for himself and how to be confident in himself.
Bullying happens in nearly every school to kids of all ages. With research from leading bullying prevention specialists at the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP), ATA has created its own Bullying Prevention Program through which students learn to stand up for themselves, deflect bullying attacks and stop bullying before it starts. Read on for nine (9) tips that kids, parents and teachers can use to combat bullying in school and beyond.
A few hundred kids now have increased their confidence through verbal and physical skills designed to combat bullying, thanks to the Olweus Bullying Prevention seminars hosted by Newberry's ATA Black Belt Academy. While these seminars focus on self-defense tactics designed to prevent bullying, very little actually involves karate chops and fierce yelling. Powerful mental skills are also practiced, teaching kids how to react to different bullying situations and how to avoid possible confrontations before they get physical. Master Newberry encourages her students to share these effective skills and teach others how to be safe in the community. That's Leadership NOW! Watch the video or read the story for "Standing Up to Bullies" (02.13.11/ WCIA3 News, Champaign). Thanks for the great work, instructors of Leaders for Life Martial Arts!