“Bullying will not leave our schools until
our students want bully behavior to stop.”
Learn how the
Call Me Jim program
can transform your school.
49 percent of children in grades 4-12 report being bullied. 30.8% of children report that they themselves bully.
Over half of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied.
- Hawkins, Pepler, and Craig - 2001
67 percent of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, citing that adult help is both infrequent and ineffective.
37 separate studies found that bullied children and adolescents were two to nine times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than other children.
- Kim, Leventhal - 2008
Notes From Students and Educators
Barbara J. Bullock, Principal, Fort Collins, Colorado
G., 6th Grader
Mr. Greg Parsley, Superintendent, Vincennes Community School Corporation
K., 7th Grader
Loraine Torrence, M.Ed, Vice Principal and School Psychologist, St. Jude School, Chattanooga, TN
J., 7th Grader
Jim Fay, Love and Logic Institute, Golden, Colorado
A., 4th Grader
Message for Adults
Bully behavior has gained national media attention over the past several years and continues to be an issue in schools across our nation. Kids aren’t reaching their full potential because of this issue. Studies show that students who are bullied grow up to be more socially anxious and require more levels of mental health services throughout their lives. The National Education Association has estimated that 160,000 miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students.
To address this critical issue both inside our classrooms and online (“cyberbullying”), we have developed the “Call Me Jim” video training series and curriculum as a means to curb bully behavior among students.
As a father, a grandfather and a motivational speaker for young people, I’ve learned that many children do not share bullying incidents with their families. Many students do not tell their parents that they are being bullied on the bus or at school. Kids truly believe that telling their parents would only make things worse.
One of the more disturbing findings from my surveys with 5th and 6th grade students was that many children noted that they were being bullied at home. Hundreds of kids have shared with me that they felt that they could not bring this issue up with their families. After watching these videos and participating in class discussion, your child has learned a lot about bully behavior and how to combat it in some very powerful ways.
Bullying isn’t limited to physical hurting. Most schools have specific consequences for physical violence. However, verbal and social acts of violence are rarely witnessed by an adult at school. Sometimes these events aren’t even taking place on the school grounds where educators can intervene.
Being loved and accepted by peers is critical to your child’s optimal development. In this video series, your child has learned about verbal and social bullying, and many in the upper grades have learned about cyberbullying. During your check-in time, initiate conversations about this kind of violence. Does it happen at your child’s school? How does your child feel about it?
To combat bully behavior, it’s going to take all of us working together. I’m not someone who is just talking about this issue; I’m deeply committed to it. It is my life’s work.
Thank you for reading!