National Bullying Prevention Month

Although October is most commonly associated with Halloween, trick-or-treating and horror films, it is also National Bullying Prevention Month.

While walking through the majority of the town’s elementary and middle schools you will see traces of orange, black and spooky Halloween decorations. In a smaller margin of these same schools you can find posters or art projects raising awareness for National Bullying Prevention Month.

With two weeks left in the month, the focus is to try and emphasize to our youth the dangers of bullying others as well as providing them with ways to help someone if they were to witness bullying firsthand.

On Stompoutbullying.org, kids are encouraged to stand up for others if they see them being bullied, regardless if they know them or not. If they do not feel safe doing so they are also advised to seek out an adult or teacher who can better handle the situation. According to the Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center website, more than half of bullying situations, 57%, stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied.

Pacer’s is a national campaign that works to educate kids and teens about the dangers of bullying. There are resources for parents and educators to help end bullying.

Some schools are actually asking students to promote positivity and acceptance of one another through art projects with messages on them to anyone who is being bullied and passing them out.

Websites with tips can easily be found on the Internet for kids or their parents to reference to, but it is equally important that parents speak with their children about the possible repercussions of bullying as well as the effects it can have on those who are victims. Referencing back to Pacer’s NBPC website, more than 60% of those who are bullied don’t ever report it to a person of authority. This is all the more reason to start this important conversation with your kids early on because you never can be sure how someone else’s child will deal with and process the situation if they do so alone.

Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties and poor school adjustment. The fight against bullying is ongoing, but through the promotion of positivity and the conversations with your kids we gain a little more leverage. Let’s work on ridding the youth of having to deal with this issue by any means necessary.

If you have any bullying experiences or ways of prevention that you would like to share and help raise awareness, send them over.

Also, to the youth who are learning ways to put an end to bullying might be able to teach the adults in their lives a thing or two.

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