October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Thursday, October 6, 2016


CACS Recognizes National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

The Capital Area Counseling Service Board of Directors is partnering with the Pierre Police Department to spread the message to prevent bullying. It is not just an education or health problem; it requires a community solution. CACS and the PD are committed to working together to help families prevent bullying.

“The CACS Board of Directors’ vision is to promote the well-being of our citizens and communities; bullying is an issue that we are addressing and we are pleased to have support of the local schools, organizations and leaders,” Lindsey Riter-Rapp, CACS Board of Directors.

Bullying can involve targeting and dominating a vulnerable peer with physical attacks, name-calling, exclusion, manipulation, secret telling and spreading rumors. There are many factors impacting the development of bullying behavior, as well as those with a tendency to be targeted, but early intervention and better yet, prevention, by starting the learning as babies and toddlers, can build lifelong advocacy skills. Parents and others can make significant impact by consistently teaching and guiding children to stop their bodies, notice the social cues of another, have empathy, use their words, ask for help if needed, and problem solve.

Chief Dave Panzer states that “Bullying fosters a climate of fear and disrespect that can seriously impair the physical and psychological health of its victims and can create conditions that can negatively impact a community. The Pierre Police Department stands with the community to reduce the negative impacts of bullying.”

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Protect a Child—Stop Bullying When You See It”

Dennis Pfrimmer, CEO
Capital Area Counseling Service, Inc.


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