Assets in Action: Be aware of bullying during elections

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

This week, we still take a look at bullying prevention month, with the onslaught ahead. Isn’t it ironic that bullying prevention month is just prior to the elections?

This is really the most dreadful three or four weeks of the year, as it relates to everything we see, hear and read throughout the day. Take this opportunity to turn the TV off during the commercial break or switch channels. My sister in-law used to mute the TV during all commercials.

I think we need to take the opportunity to discuss misinformation with anyone under the age of 18 that happens to be in the room at the time. If you see something you know is unfair or wrong say something to young men and women. It may even be something you see on the news.

Sure, I know a lot of young kids aren’t watching the news, but many are in the room. After the two or three prior weeks of non-stop coverage, footage and rhetoric, the market and our brains are saturated to say the least.

This moment can be media literacy education, at the height of insanity. Point out at the end of an advertisement when you hear an alphabet soup of letters followed by the words (dot) org, which may seem to make it sound like a harmless non-profit.

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