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I’ve been meaning to blog about GLSEN all week.  Thursday is as good a time as any to talk about the 8th Annual No Name-Calling Week, GLSEN’s national partnership with schools to raise awareness about bullying.

No Name-Calling Week (Jan. 24-28)  is a week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.

Bullying is a very real problem in American schools and not only in the storylines of Glee or Degrassi. In GLSEN’s 2005 report, From Teasing to Torment: School Climate in America, 47 percent of junior/middle high school students identified bullying, name-calling or harassment as somewhat serious or very serious problems at their school. Additionally, 69 percent of junior/middle high school students reported being assaulted or harassed in the previous year and only 41 percent said they felt very safe at school.

According to their Resource Guide:

All children are entitled to courteous and respectful treatment by students and staff at school. Educators have a duty to ensure that students have a safe learning environment.

Right on! If you’re a parent, talk to your kids and take action.  Don’t be afraid to “make waves” or be seen as “overprotective.” If you’re a kid, tell an adult when you see bullying.

And everyone, respect each other.  That’s where it all starts.

To learn more about No Name-Calling Week, visit www.nonamecallingweek.org.