SILVER CREEK – Nationally recognized author Barbara Coloroso will give a talk titled “The Bully, The Bullied, and the Bystander, Breaking the Cycle of Violence” Wednesday at Silver Creek Central School.
The 6:30 p.m. program will offer free supervised activities for children so parents can attend.
Coloroso has been writing about bullying for more than 20 years. A resident of Littleton, Colo., she said that people thought she got involved because of the tragedy at her hometown school at Columbine.
Actually, she said, “I had been working with this topic for years, but I called it mean and cruel behavior.”
Her book was published in several languages and she warns that this behavior is a worldwide problem.
Silver Creek will be her only stop in Western New York on her current speaking tour. She said she encourages not just parents but any adults who are involved with children to attend. Coloroso has written several books about the topic and appeared on “Oprah” and several other national television shows.
“I will also be talking about how to raise the child who can speak up against mean and cruel behavior and how to recognize the signs in children,” she said.
“It will be a talk about how to rewrite the script,” Coloroso said.
Coloroso said she will talk about the signs to look for in children who are bullied and will give parents information on why children do not report this behavior. She will also invite questions from the audience.
Lynn Gowan, director of pupil personnel services for the school district, said she heard Coloroso speak at a training session and was excited about her new approaches to the topic.
Gowan said that the topic is relevant for parents of children of all ages. and she was excited to be able to bring the ideas to Silver Creek. “She made me rethink some of the ideas I have had about bullying and I have been in the field of education 30 years,” Gowan said.
Coloroso also will talk to teachers and counselors at the school in a session on Thursday. Her program was made possible through a grant from the office of State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean.
For more information about the speaker, visit the website www.kidsareworthit.com or call the school’s guidance office at 934-2603.