Dr. Jay M. Lipoff of Back At Your Best Chiropractic & Physical Therapy has created a poster he hopes schools will be interested in to create conversations, dialogue and action against bullying.

This poster is based on reviewing many studies, articles and government strategies to address bullying.

Dr. Lipoff is also the President of Foundation 4 Heroes, a nonprofit organization that visits children in hospitals while dressed as superheroes, finds ways to show support and appreciation for Veterans and talks to kids about being a hero for themselves and within their own community.
Bullying can be seen in schools at various ages, but more so during the ages of 6 – 12, so the time to speak to students is in elementary and middle school.

Bullying in school happens most often in locker rooms, on buses, at home, on playgrounds and online. As parents we need to stay in the loop with our kids and bring up bullying just like drugs, alcohol and sex.

By the numbers, students are less likely to tell parents about a bullying situation as they get older, but will talk to a sibling or friend, if anyone. This is why it is so important for all kids to understand their role when they experience bullying.
Lipoff remembers being bullied by an 11th grader when he was an 8th grader. Jeff C. and his accomplice would say things to him and give him some shoves in the hallway after lunch. “You don’t ever forget it and wish you could go back and handle it differently,” he commented.

He states, “I was a big kid. I was also never in trouble. My friends saw it happen but didn’t know what to do. No one did really, other than fight. I was scared and didn’t want to be sent to the principal’s office. If I pushed him back there would have been a fight. Now what?”

Fighting is not recommended by the government studies done, as aggression is never a good path to take. It seems like the quickest solution, but may end up being a bigger problem, so other methods should be tried first.

For a donation, Foundation 4 Heroes has come in to schools to discuss topics like this with their superheroes in tow. All donations then support trips to hospitals and presents for these kids or baseball trips for Veterans.

The 16 x 20” laminated posters are $20 each, $15 thereafter, and all proceeds will be donated to Foundation 4 Heroes. To order: Email drjay@f4heroes.com or checks would be made out to Foundation 4 Heroes and mailed to the address below. Shipping is $5.95 due to cost of mailing tubes.

Dr. Jay M. Lipoff has been in practice over 20 years and his office is located at 23127 Three Notch Road, California, MD, between Wawa and Starbucks on Route 235.