Magazine article The Nation's Health

University of North Dakota Awareness Campaign Targets Bullying

Magazine article The Nation's Health

University of North Dakota Awareness Campaign Targets Bullying

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UNIVERSITY of North Dakota College of Nursing students collaborated with the Grand Forks Public Health Department during National Public Health Week to zero in on the issue of bullying in the GRAND FORKS, N.D., community.

The team of nursing students reached out to area high schools and middle schools and displayed posters to raise awareness about bullying, including information on where to go to receive help.

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The nursing students and their anti-bullying message were featured on a local radio station during a segment on National Public Health Week and the college students' role in raising awareness. They discussed options for high school and middle school students, such as the need to allow them to make anonymous bullying complaints. Radio listeners were responsive during the broadcast, and after the segment, community members requested membership to the nursing students' other anti-bullying intervention: a Facebook page on "Students Against Bullying."

The page still carries the anti-bullying message via video links, blog reports and other resources. For example, a 32-second "words hurt" video shows a girl being taunted by fellow students who call her a "loser" and a "geek." The public service announcement then implores students not to use hurtful words.

Begun with the goal of helping promote a statewide anti-bullying law, the page highlights both national and local events designed to raise awareness.

Less than two weeks after the end of National Public Health Week, North Dakota Gov. …

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