Every seven minutes, a child is being bullied. Statistics are staggering. Nearly 1 in 3 students (27.8%) report being bullied during the school year 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying. It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. But did you also know that nearly 75% of school shootings have been linked to harassment and bullying? 87% of students surveyed report that bullying is the primary motivator school shootings.
There are four types of bullying and the results of bullying are widespread. Students who are bullied are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and problems in school. Conversely, bullies are at an increased risk for substance use, academic problems, and violence either later in adolescence or during adulthood.
But we can help!
Just Say Whoa® to Bullying is an innovative program and the first of its kind to teach bullying prevention using animal-assisted activities with miniature therapy horses. Our unique presentation teaches bullying prevention by helping children to recognize and respect the differences in one another. By understanding that everyone has something valuable to offer, children learn acceptance, tolerance, respect, and understanding of others. By instilling these core values and encouraging good character, our program builds a foundation of understanding and promotes a positive social environment, which – in turn – fosters kindness and good citizenship. In fact, research has shown that school-based bullying prevention programs like Just Say Whoa® to Bullying decrease bullying by up to 25%.
Best of all, this program is free! Cheerful Hearts is a nonprofit, 501 (c)3 organization. Our mini therapy horses visit hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and events throughout the Galveston County area and beyond. But we are also committed to helping the children of our community.
Bullying is an epidemic in our nation and we can work with you and your school resource officer to present this program with us.
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Therapeutic Riding and Animal Assisted Therapy