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ENUF INNERview Series: Cynthia Fabian Views on Bullying
One (1) out of three (3) children is bullied each year. Children with disabilities are at a higher risk of being bullied than their peers. ENUF (Ending Negativity to Unify Families) is an anti-bullying online campaign that will encourage families to empower themselves and their children. On behalf of the ENUF campaign, the following interview is part of the ENUF INNERview Series here on HYH Online. For more information about the ENUF campaign visit us on Facebook at Facebook.com/esilentvoice
Previously a teacher, Cynthia Fabian now speaks in libraries and schools. “I have had epilepsy my entire life and have always had to overcome obstacles in many ways. This book is more about making yourself the best, by keeping a positive attitude than anything else.” She lives in Somerset, N.J., and is writing her next book, Can’t and Able, using star metaphors.
Illustrator Bio: Daniel Stevens has a B.A. in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute. His experience ranges from designing clothing and furniture to creating children’s illustrations. He has also worked for Disney and MTV, and is the artist for Second Hand Art, the author’s previous book about recycled art.
YVONNE PIERRE: Please define bullying?
CYNTHIA FABIAN: According to Wickipedia: Bullying may be defined as the activity of repeated, aggressive behavior intended to hurt another person, physically or mentally. School bullying - Workplace bullying - Cyberbullying - Relational aggression
YVONNE: What are the different forms of bullying?
CYNTHIA: There is school bullying, the most common form, which can be as simple having an unwanted action repeated periodically. Then there is workplace bullying, a manipulative action, sexual discrimination or other repeated action of harassment. Cyberbullying, can take place with unwanted texts revealing private information to others, information can be sold or freely downloaded to different venues. It uses humiliation, a very powerful force to manipulate another person.
YVONNE: What advice would you like to share with parents of children with special needs?
CYNTHIA: There is no shelter large enough to protect them from the ignorance of society. Teach them to have a harder shell when people say things that are not appropriate. It is easy to hate, but so much more difficult to realize the personal ignorance that is inherently human. Once, however, you do realize this and forgive ignorance a child of any age can help to make changes of tolerance for others.
YVONNE: Once a parent is in a situation where their child has been bullied what can they do?
Read this interview in it's entirety at http://hyhonline.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/enuf-series-innerview-with-cynthia-fabian/