Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Stand Up to Bullying & "Raise a Giant" + a $25 Visa GC Giveaway via @MyBlogSpark & @GreenGiant

*A donation to PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center was made in my name, and I received information from Green Giant via MyBlogSpark for purposes of this review, however all opinions are my own.



Check it Out!  Bullying is a big problem, it always has been but drawing attention to it and talking to our kids and others about it is a great start to helping to change the problem.  Green Giant has teamed up with PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center and We Day Minnesota to help kids and parents learn how to prevent, stop and cope with bullying.  The Raise a Giant campaign isn't about being big and bad, but about being the best you can be, it's about finding that inner courage that will allow kids to rise up against bullying by standing up for themselves and for others.  
Check out this quick video:



Bullying is one of the main reasons that I homeschool my kids.  My oldest son was a victim of bullying for the majority of his public school years 1st through 6th.  It was little stuff at first, making fun of his glasses, calling him four eyes, and just general picking on him.  I noticed a difference in him in the 5th grade, it was a specific boy that seemed to be the problem and it of course came to a head.  After my son blew up and said something that got him suspended, he changed a little, became quieter, less trusting, shier.  Once he entered middle school, it got worse and more severe.  My little boy was gone and I had a sad young man that had lost his love for school.  He is so smart and loves to learn, but those bullies made it hard for him.  It wasn't cool to like school, wear glasses and be almost 6 feet tall in the 6th grade!  Yes, he is a big boy, but he is a big teddy bear.  So I pulled him out of public school and I told my son, how much he is loved, how special he is to me and his whole family and how smart, funny and brave he is.  He loves to hug and he loves to talk about history and gaming!  As his mom, I could go on for hours about how great he is, but it doesn't really do any good unless I tell him!  So I tell him...all the time...even at 16!  Have you spoken to your children about Bullying yet?   
At http://www.raiseagiant.com/ you can learn how to "Read, Write & Share" and encourage kids to stand up against bullying.  Read through letters that parents and other caregivers have written and get inspiration to write your own letter.  When you sign up you can also get tips to on how to get started writing your letter if you need help.  You can also share your letter to encourage others.  
I was excited to participate in this campaign because a donation to the PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center was made in my name and that makes me feel awesome! And on top of that I get to give away a $25 Visa Gift Card to one lucky Check it Out! with Dawn reader!  Just enter via the Rafflecopter form below and don't forget to write that letter!



144 comments:

  1. fortunately I have not dealt with bullying.

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  2. Leave a comment letting me know if you have dealt with or are dealing with bullying.

    i run into a lot of misery gimps,im just glad im not crazy

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  3. I have not dealt with bullying.

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  4. I have not dealt with bullying

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  5. My son will be in middle school next year so I am trying to prepare him on how to deal with bullying and what to do.

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  6. I have not had to deal with bullying.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  7. I've never dealt with bullying.

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  8. Luckily, I haven't had to deal with bullying.

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  9. i was bullied in school; it is not fun.

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  10. i was bullied it was awful

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  11. I have dealt with bullying when I was in middle school

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  12. I was bullied in school and it was a terrible experience.


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    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  13. I was bullied when I was in elementary school, but the people who were supposedly my friends. It was not fun.

    kyoto.now at gmail dot com

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  14. Never bullied, but I witnessed bullying and it haunts me to this day

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  15. I like most had dealt with bullies growing up, it happens, some is harmless, some is not.

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  16. Luckily, I haven't really been bullied before, nor have I ever bullied anyone. I hope I never experience it, and I pray that my grandsons never have to go through it.

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  17. I have not been but worry these days for my grandchildren who may experience this

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  18. I was bullied growing up but it made me a stronger person

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  19. I have dealt with a lot of bullying growing up...the neighborhood we lived in had very few people of my ethnicity and I was picked on at school for being of that ethnicity. Unfortunately, none of the school teachers intervened and it continued for a while until I switched schools. I had to ride the bus longer and I saw my parents and sister less but I made great friends at my new school.
    I know that simply removing oneself from the situation isn't always an option. As my kids are becoming older, I wonder what I can do to help them to stand up to bullies if they ever have to deal with that.

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  20. I think today they would call it bullying, but back when I was a kid, I would call it teasing. I was teased A LOT. I was even called a "spic" by one kid.

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  21. I have never dealt with bullying, thankfully! Bullying is a very serious thing and should be brought to the attention of your parents especially if you are in school! I hear about bullying all the time on the news.

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  22. I was bullied severely in school. It affected me so much and made me feel worthless. I also dealt with bullying in work. Adults, as well as kids bully. It is very sad, how can kids learn not to bully when they see grown-ups (especially if it is their parents) doing it as well?

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  23. I've never dealt with bullying.

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  24. I had a bully when I was in the 2nd grade.

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  25. I have not dealt with it, but my kids know of other kids that have been bullied. My kids stood up for the them and I am proud of them.

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  26. We sit down every night with our child and talk about their day.

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  27. My son was bullied a little when he was in elementary school for being chubby. It was a rough time but thank goodness he made it through those times okay.

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  28. As a teacher, I often dealt with bullying. Our guidance program was excellent.

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  29. we have dealt with it in our house.

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  30. Yes, my son was being bullied a couple of years ago in school.

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  31. My daughter is now being bullied by a 4th grader. She's got quite the moxie, so I encourage her to stand up for herself and take her power back.

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  32. My son has a bully in his class.
    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

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  33. I definitely dealt with bullying back in middle school, I was a pretty unpopular kid. I see bullying all over blogging though, which makes me sad because blogging is my happy place and I hate seeing bloggers write posts that bash other bloggers ideas and creativity just because it doesn't "set well with them" or because they have their own opinion on that particular thing that blogger is doing.

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  34. When I was in middle school I had to deal with a bit of bullying but thankfully I have a great family who helped me through it.

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  35. I have dealt with it, my daughter and I just had a conversation about it Monday.

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  36. I was bullied as a child because I was short, it was hard to deal with some days but I grew and it stopped

    ssgsweeps @Hotmail.com

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  37. When I was younger, I was bulled because I wore glasses.

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  38. My niece was being bullied. It seems so much worse than when I was a kid.

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  39. I was bullied all through my school years

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  40. thankfully my kids are grown and did not experience this.

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  41. Thankfully, we have not had to deal with this. We have four kids, ages 13-20, so I'm blessed that we haven't experienced it first hand.

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  42. Bullying is nothing new. It hasn't just been invented. It was around when I was in school in the 70's. Not a good thing.

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  43. I have not had to deal with it; however, I think it is a very serious problem.

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  44. My sister and I were bullied a lot in grade school. They did not do anything about it. I am glad that there is more students getting help with bullying. But there still needs to be more done, and we must stand up to bullies and get them to stop!!

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  45. Thankfully I have never experienced bullying of myself or my 3 sons but it's a very important issue that needs to be addressed in families .. thanks!

    melly66(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  46. I haven't had to deal with bullying yet

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  47. I have never dealt with bullying.

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  48. I've been bullied and thanks to great friends, he was firmly told to lay off.

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  49. i dealt with it in my middle school years

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  50. not personally
    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  51. I haven't had to deal with bullying yet.

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  52. i have not had to deal with bullying thank goodness

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  53. I was bullied in Elementary School. But none after that. It was a Horrible experience for me though.

    supergirl198296atyahoo.com

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  54. Luckily, I have never been bullied and I never really saw anyone get bullied when I was growing up.

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  55. I was bullied in school but not like the children are today.

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  56. Unfortunately I recently had to deal with bullying. A kid was bullying my son at recess for several days and my son finally told me. My son said he didn't even want to go to school. It broke my heart to hear that. I took him to school and talked with them about it and the principal personally handled the situation and it is now resolved.

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  57. I was bullied as a kid and it was horrible.

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  58. i was bullied as a kid, my son gets bullied now..

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  59. As a kid I was bullied and I occasionally did the same. I'm not proud of it, but it's the truth.

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  60. As the only red headed, freckle faced girl in my school, I was made fun of constantly.

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  61. I dealt with bullying a lot in junior high, and i see it a lot among my elementary students now. I think that we need to focus more on re-teaching bullies than training those being bullied how to avoid it.

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  62. I have not personally been dealt with bullying but I have a good friend who's daughter has been. It was a terrible situation.

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  63. I was bullied, a 6 ft. tall girl, called skinny & ugly, i am 51 now.

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  64. I have not dealt with bullying yet with my nieces and nephews but at my job I have had to deal with quite a few bullying issues among the kids in the summer camp program

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  65. I knew people that were picked on when I was growing up. Now picked on seems to be considered being bullied.

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  66. I've never had to deal with it before.

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  67. Yes, my daughter was bullied and it was pretty hard on her.
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  68. I was bullied in elementry school.

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  69. When bullied when I was a child I'd usually try and avoid the person doing the bullying and find friends who were nice to me.

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  70. As a teacher, unfortunately, I encounter bullying all the time.

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  71. Yeah, when I was a kid I dealt with it. I once had a boy throw a lollipop in my hair.

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  72. I dealt with it growing up and it was so hard.

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  73. Fortunately, I have never been bullied

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  74. I was bullied as a child

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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  75. I had some occasional run-ins with mean kids when I was younger, but no real bullying, thankfully!

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  76. I was bullied as a child and hope it's something my kids can avoid.

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  77. I was bullied in school, and it never leaves you how old you get. I wish it was something we could get a handle on at a young age and keep out of the world.

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  78. I have dealt with bullying.

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  79. My daughter was working at the corn maze the other night and 3 boys were bullying her and pushed her down on the ground. Thank GOD for friends who were there and intervened.

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  80. having an autistic son we have unfortunately had a lot of bullying

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  81. I dealt with bullying alittle in high school and so far my kids have not... I know it is something that may occur in the future and I need to prepare my kids for it so they can deal with it.

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  82. i was bullied as a kid and i am hoping that my daughter doesnt have to go through it

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  83. I never had to deal with bullying myself in school but did have to deal with it with my oldest son in school.
    It was not pleasant for any of us and I spent quite a few days accompanying my son to school for the day before it ended.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  84. I have never had to deal with bullying with my 2 children.

    tderosa142 at gmail dot com

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  85. I have not had to deal with bullying before.

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  86. when i was in school there was always bullies - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  87. I remember being bullied in high school. Not a lot of fun. Luckily I didn't have to deal with the social media that kids have today.

    Entered under Jill

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  88. I have dealt with bullying when I was young and I have to deal with it with my kids. Its very hard to send your kids to school

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  89. no i was never bullied,but what is happening today makes me very sad

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  90. Thankfully, we have not had to deal with this.

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  91. We started homeschooling after my oldest daughter was bullied. The school admitted that they could not guarantee her safety at school. A couple of great teachers, called me at home, and told me what was going on and told me that I should think of pulling her out. They risked their jobs by doing so and I'm grateful to them. She was becoming anorexic, nervous, and her self-esteem was low. We did end up pressing charges on 2 of the kids involved. I've never regretted pulling our kids out of school. My daughter is now an adult. She works, runs a small business on the weekends, and takes college classes.

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  92. Never dealt with bullying; when I went to school no one did it. Period. Now, now so much.

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  93. I dealt with my fair share of bullying growing up as a quiet, shy kid, and now my nephew is facing the same thing because he's taking dance lessons and get's made fun of quite often by the other boys in his class. It's painful to experience, and to witness, and it's important for kids to learn to understand how hurtful their words and actions can be.

    Geoff K
    gkaufmanss at yahoo dot com

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  94. My co-worker's 13 year old nephew took his own life this summer due to bullying. What a sad, sad statement about today's society.

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  95. I had a bully when I was in high school but not anymore since

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  96. i was bullied as a kid my kids have not been bullied yet but I worry and often talk to them about it. the importance of speaking up along with treating others with respect

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  97. No I have not delt with bullying!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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  98. I haven't had to deal with it, yet. My oldest is just in kindergarten.

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  99. No i havent dealt with bullying yet

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  100. when my son was in pre-k he was being bullied by a 3rd grader on the bus

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  101. I was bullied in gradeschool. Sucked.

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  102. Yes, we have dealt with bullying!

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  103. I was bullied myself as a kid for being overweight, not a fun experience kids are very cruel and I believe they are even worse today with social media and all that is now at their hands

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  104. No, I haven't had to deal with bullying.

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  105. I did have problems with it in school but it just made me stronger.

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  106. No, we never had to deal with it.

    hd6719 (at) gmail.com

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  107. I was bullied and now my children are both going through it
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

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  108. I was bullied and have been dealing with it with my son.

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  109. Fortunately, I've never dealt with it.
    Brittney House

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  110. Yes, unfortunately working in a middle school I see a lot of bullying. We try to unite the kids as a greater force against a single bully and to teach them to always stand up for each other. Haters, back off!

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  111. Luckily I've never had to, and I hope my daughter does not have to either

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  112. I was not bullied, which is surprising. I was way overweight. I hate what is happening today :( myamurphy@mail.com

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  113. I was bullied as a child and I try to teach my kids to do the right things

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  114. I was bullied badly in elementary school, and the teachers and principal ignored it. I had to move to a different school to get away from it all.

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  115. I dealt with bullying a lot in Junior High school. Thankfully, my kids are not having a problem with bullying.

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  116. My niece has been bullied in school.

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  117. I have not dealt with bullying and fingers crossed we won't have to. I think it would do nothing short of break my heart to see my kids deal with that.

    Eileen B.

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  118. i wasn't ever bullied but i have seen it and it's horrible.

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  119. I was bullied so bad in school.I cried everyday.I was in a fragile state as I had just lost my father six months before.I finally left school and went and got my GED.My oldest was also bullied and I went straight to the school authorities to stop it before it got out of hand.They were good about it and had a few assemblies to talk to all the kids about what bullying was and ways to handle it. I now have to watch cyber bullying as I home school all 4 of my kids.I am shocked at how mean some kids can be about such petty things on kids game sites.

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  120. No i have not dealt with bullying and am hoping I won't have to with my son as well

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  121. I dealt with bullies when I was in school all through middle school. I was overweight and it was pretty bad sometimes, then I dealt with bullies bullying my son when he was in elementary school.
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  122. My 13 yr. old went thru being bullied 3 years ago at school. She now goes to a different school now. And now stands up for herself, and others she see's being bullied.

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  123. I have dealt with my kids being bullied and it was difficult

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  124. we have dealt with it before and it hurst kids so bad

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  125. We have dealt with bullying before, but none now.

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  126. I have dealt with bullying. People used to call me anorexic when I was younger because I have a small figure.

    sugarsweet7202@yahoo(dot)co­­­­­­­­m

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  127. yes and it was terrible..I took my daughter out of school and home schooled her because of how bad she was teased..I wish this would stop..it hurts. I was bullied too and know how it feels, no way was I letting my daughter go through that

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  128. No, we haven't had to deal with bullying

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  129. I was bullied as a child. It's terrible!

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  130. I suffered from bullying when i was growing up. I am relieved that my daughter does not endure as much and is always one of the first to stick up for kids.

    tridingermckee at gmail dot com

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  131. Thanks for the giveaway…had a bit of bullying when I was a kid, but parents & teachers nipped it in the bud pretty quickly.

    Rafflecopter: Bryan E.

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  132. No, I haven't.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  133. I dealt with some bullying when I was in school.

    longbarb11@aol.com

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