Monday, October 22, 2018

Parenting Pointers: Bullying Prevention 101

The topic of bullying amongst today’s youth in schools and online needs no introduction and it’s unfortunately for all the wrong reasons.  It’s so rampant that an estimated 4,400 young people end up taking their lives every year as a result.

New research shows three-quarters of Americans (76%) believe that society is simply not doing enough to address the bullying problem while nearly one-quarter (24%) of parents admit their child has been the victim of bullying.  An alarming 8% of parents have children that talk to them regularly about it.

Today’s youth needs proper education around the topic of bullying – how to react when bullied themselves or witnessing a peer being bullied, as well as how to recognize and stop the bullying for those who are the root cause of the epidemic.

Enter Planet Fitness’ Judgement Free Generation® philanthropic initiative andPACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, the nation’s leading nonprofit bullying prevention organization.

They’ve teamed up specifically to introduce the now-available “Bullying Prevention 101” and help schools build environments defined by kindness, acceptance and inclusion – just in time this October, recognized as National Bullying Prevention Month. This new, free-to-download educational resource is designed to equip teachers, counselors and parents with tools to empower students and kids at home to prevent bullying and stand up for kindness.

The press release online here outlines all details of this game-changing resource designed to make an impactful difference for teachers and students alike, as well as additional statistical insights into how badly bullying affects Americans today more than ever before.

This is such an important topic to keep out in the open so kids who face or witness bullying don’t feel ashamed and are prepared with the right way to respond, and would appreciate any way you’d be able to pass on the message and help us in advocating for more kindness in the world.

To download “Bullying Prevention 101” resources from Planet Fitness and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and learn how you can start spreading kindness and stand up to bullying, please

*Online survey conducted by Kelton Global to 2,004 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and over, with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percent.


About Planet Fitness
Founded in 1992 in Dover, NH, Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of June 30, 2018, Planet Fitness had approximately 12.1 million members and 1,608 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Mexico. The Company's mission is to enhance people's lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone®. More than 95% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women.

About PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
Founded in 2006, PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center – a program of PACER Center – actively leads social change to prevent childhood bullying, so that all youth are safe and supported in their schools, communities and online. PACER provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students. To learn more, visit

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,400 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at and

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