HEALTH

Obama Anti-Bullying Message Could Resonate With Latinos

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama opened a White House conference on bullying today to make sure kids don’t face intimidation or threats at school.

Bullying is an issue that particularly affects Latino kids. One in four Hispanic kids has been bullied, according to the most recent National Crime Victimization Survey.

“There is a broad feeling of being stereotyped at school,” Patricia Foxen of the National Council of La Raza told Latina Magazine.

Some think the high rate of Latinos attempting suicide and dropping out of school is because of bullying.

Read more in Latina Magazine.

The Obama’s are asking for everyone to get involved in their campaign. A website, stopbullying.gov, was developed to help educators, students and parents on the issue.

Here are some tips the website provided to notice if a child is being bullied:

• Comes home with damaged or missing clothing or other belongings
• Reports losing items such as books, electronics, clothing, or jewelry
• Has unexplained injuries
• Complains frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or feeling sick
• Has trouble sleeping or has frequent bad dreams
• Has changes in eating habits
• Hurts themselves
• Are very hungry after school from not eating their lunch
• Runs away from home
• Loses interest in visiting or talking with friends
• Is afraid of going to school or other activities with peers
• Loses interest in school work or begins to do poorly in school
• Appears sad, moody, angry, anxious or depressed when they come home
• Talks about suicide
• Feels helpless
• Often feels like they are not good enough
• Blames themselves for their problems
• Suddenly has fewer friends
• Avoids certain places
• Acts differently than usual

Watch the Obama’s message on anti-bullying:

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