The advisory board, which includes nine students from Robinson and Lake Braddock secondary schools and homeschooled students, is hosting an anti-bullying fair at Robinson, Saturday, Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The fair is free and there is no registration.
The fair includes a presentation by Alan Eisenberg, author of Ladder in the Dark: My Journey from Bullying to Self-Acceptance, who will discuss his book and share his personal experiences. Resources will also be provided by:
According to a recent Fairfax County Youth Survey of 8th, 10th and 12th grade students :
- 51 percent of teens have been bullied, taunted, ridiculed or teased.
- 9 percent of teens indicated they were victims of chronic bullying.
- 45 percent of teens reported that someone had said something bad about their race or culture.
- Torn, damaged, missing clothes or belongings
- Unexplained cuts, bruises and scratches
- Isolation from or lack of friends
- Fear of going to school or participating in peer activities
- Frequent headaches, stomachaches, other ailments
- Moodiness, sadness, depression
- Trouble sleeping or frequent bad dreams
- Anxiety and low self-esteem
- Loss of appetite
- Decreased school performance/grades