"A unique approach to teaching bullying prevention by helping children recognize and respect differences in one another."
The statistics for the number of students bullied each year is staggering.
Every seven minutes, a child is being bullied.
- It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students.
- Nearly 1 in 3 students (27.8%) report being bullied during the school year
- 19.6% of high school students in the US report being bullied at school in the past year.
- 14.8% reported being bullied online
- 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.
The Just Say Whoa® to Bullying program takes a unique approach to teaching bullying prevention by helping children recognize and respect 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, Just Say Whoa® to Bullying builds a foundation of understanding and promotes a positive social environment, which - in turn - fosters kindness and good citizenship.
In addition, this innovative program is the first of its kind to teach bullying prevention using animal-assisted activities with miniature therapy horses. Animal-assisted therapy captures the attention of children of all ages and makes learning fun and memorable.
The original Just Say Whoa® to Bullying program was presented in the Tampa Bay area with "Amos the Wonder Horse" and in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Police Department. Amos is a miniature therapy horse that provides animal-assisted therapy services to hospitals and nursing facilities and is known for his work.
Our program is presented in the Greater Cincinnati area with Denver and his friends from Seven Oaks Farm Miniature Therapy Horses in partnership with our local police departments. Cincinnati, Ross, and Hamilton Police Officers join with Denver to educate children about the differences in bullying.
We are also thrilled to be able to partner with the Cincinnati Reds Baseball team in our efforts to put a stop to bullying. They will be providing gifts for the winners of our first annual poster contest and the winner will be announced at the Reds Family Opening Day in April of 2018.