Bullying is something Shannon Perry, a Houston area speaker, recording artist and author, can’t bear to see children suffer through.
At her upcoming conference, “In Her Shoes,” Perry will address mothers and daughters in how to cope with bullying. The event is slated for Saturday, September 8 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church at 20155 Cypresswood Drive from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
Topics to be addressed include Body Image and Self Esteem, Relationships: Dating, Parents, Friends, Social Media, Communication, Bullying: Physical, Verbal and Cyberbullying and How to Identify, Respond and Prevent, Purity and God’s Promises.
Admission is $15 per person for early registration and $20 at the door. A printed receipt is required for admittance. Details at www.ShannonPerry.com.
Perry’s concern for the subject is based on the facts that an estimated 160,000 children will miss school everyday due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students according to the National Education Association. Ninety percent of 4th-8th graders report being victims of bullying. One in 7 students from grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
In May 2012, an incident in Fort Bend ISD at Thurgood Marshall High School showed the level of violence that bullying can rise to in a matter of minutes. In Cy Fair ISD, Asher Brown, an 8th grade student at Hamilton Middle School committed suicide after being bullied in September 2010.
“I have personally known students who have taken their own lives due to bullying,” said Perry. “It is heart-breaking to see so many kids tortured on a daily basis and not being able to handle the situations. We wanted to take the time in this conference to address this issue very specifically, giving both mothers and daughters the tools and information they need to deal with this problem that is permeating our schools.”
According to www.StopBullying.gov, bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
Perry, who holds a Master’s Degree in Education and Counseling and is a Certified Instructor in Parenting Classes and Crisis Counseling, will inform parents on how to identify and respond to bullies.
“It is important to teach our children that they have the power to affect the agenda of bullies,” said Perry. “One way is simply by the words they use. Parents and children alike must remember that responding to the bully with negative statements will only make the bullying situation worse. The issue is ultimately one of self-esteem for both the bully and victim. That is something parents can help fortify in their children.”
Her book, Grace in High Heels: Real-life Reflections of Humor, Hope & Healing, is based in part on material from her conferences and includes true stories from Perry’s life, reflecting on various issues such as being single, motherhood, marriage, finding purpose and many other topics.
Along with her conferences, Perry has performed with the Houston Symphony and at Carnegie Hall. Perry, who also has performed solo concerts and sang the National Anthem at a Houston Texans game, has written articles for various media outlets including regular contributions to Salem Communications’ Crosswalk.com, Christian Voice magazine, Christian Women of Today magazine, WestSideStory.net, and Everyday Christian.