For anyone who wants to get involved with the fight against bullying and lives anywhere near Minnesota, here’s an event–designed to address bullying’s threat to Minnesota’s kids and the public health–you might want to attend. It seems especially important for those who understand that special needs or ailing children are very vulnerable to bullying.
According to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, “leading health care providers, education, student and parent organizations will gather to hear from a leading voice on the topic, have a conversation about the toll bullying takes on the health and well-being of children, and continue to evaluate their role in addressing it.
This event – “Breaking Down Bullying” – will include a keynote address and Q&A with best-selling author Emily Bazelon. This event has been planned on the heels of Children’s recent bullying report, which found that while any child may be subject to and harmed by bullying, children who are sick or have special needs are especially vulnerable to bullying and may suffer setbacks in their health or development as a result.
Detailed information follows:
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Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota hosts “Breaking Down Bullying,”
a conversation with The New York Times best-selling author Emily Bazelon
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota will host “Breaking Down Bullying,” a conversation with The New York Times best-selling author Emily Bazelon.
The event follows the July 2013 release of “Understanding the Threat of Bullying,” Children’s in-depth report that explores the problem of bullying among Minnesota kids from a medical provider perspective. The report found that while any child may be subject to and harmed by bullying, children who are sick or have special needs are especially vulnerable and as a result, may suffer health or developmental setbacks.
“Understanding the Threat of Bullying” is the fourth report in Children’s Check-Ups, a series of in-depth reports designed to help Minnesota families and health care leaders better understand important issues related to children’s health. The event with author Emily Bazelon is an extension of that work intended to engage the broader child development community in a discussion about bullying.
Wednesday, September 11
- 5:30 p.m.: Doors open
- 6 p.m.: Keynote address (with audience Q&A)
- 7 – 8 p.m.: Panel discussion (small group)
- Emily Bazelon, author of the new book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
- Dr. Mike Troy, PhD, LP, medical director of behavioral health services at Children’s
- Christina Wagner, teenager, bullying victim, co-chair of a student advocacy group at PACER
Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 W. 7th Street, St. Paul, Minnesota
About Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota:
Serving as Minnesota’s children’s hospital since 1924, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health care organizations in the United States, with 381 staffed beds at its two hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children’s of Minnesota provides care through more than 12,000 inpatient visits and more than 300,000 emergency room and other outpatient clinic visits every year. Children’s is the only Minnesota hospital system to provide comprehensive care exclusively to children. Please visit childrensMN.org.
About Emily Bazelon:
Emily Bazelon is the author of the new book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. She is a senior editor at Slate, and a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School. She is also a frequent guest on The Colbert Report and has appeared on the PBS NewsHour, Morning Joe, Fresh Air, Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
This sounds like a very worthwhile event. If you’re trying to make a difference in the fight against bullying, you might want to make an effort to attend.