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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

on October 16, 2012

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

National Bullying Prevention Month
Bullying is a common experience for many young people. Bullying behavior can be verbal, physical or cyber and can leave many youth feeling damaged. Those who are bullied experience real suffering that can interfere with their social and emotional development, as well as their school performance. Some victims of bullying have even chosen to attempt suicide rather than continue to endure such harassment and punishment.

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Facts:
More than 160,000 U.S. students stay home from school each day from fear of being bullied.
Students who are bullied report more physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches, and mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, than other students.
Bullying affects witnesses as well as targets. Witnesses often report feeling unsafe, helpless, and afraid they will be the next target.
Depending on the environment, some groups – such as LGBTQ youth, youth with disabilities, and socially isolated youth – may be at an increased rise of being bullied.
Students can be especially effective in bullying prevention. More than 55 percent of bullying situations will stop when a peer intervenes. Student education about how to address bullying for peers is critical, as is the support of adults.
How can a young person stop bullying once it starts?
Avoid bullies when possible
Walk to school and eat lunch with friends
Project confidence
Stay near an adult
Go to a Safe Place
How can youth stop cyberbullying once it starts?
Don’t respond to and forward cyberbullying messages
Keep evidence of cyberbullying – record dates, times, and descriptions of instances
Save and print screenshots, emails, text messages
Use this evidence to report cyberbullying to web and cell phone providers, parents, and law enforcement
Block the cyberbully
No matter what type of bullying occurs, it’s important to respond in a positive and accepting manner. Let children know it’s not their fault and that they did the right thing by speaking up.

Things you can do during National Bullying Prevention Month:
Shelter: Have a group discussion about bullying and talk about how harmful it can be to a person’s self esteem. Let youth know it is right to stand up for someone who is being bullied. Discuss appropriate responses to bullying and be sure to mention Safe Place as a helpful resource.
Outreach: Be sure youth are aware that Safe Place can be an option for bully victims when they feel they have nowhere else to turn.
Transitional Living Program: Establish an action plan, which can include Safe Place for youth in case they are ever subjected to bullying. A clear plan will help youth respond appropriately and create feelings of safety.
Helpful Links

stopbullying.gov

stompoutbullying.org

pacer.org

Text “SAFE” and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866 for immediate help.

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One response to “October is National Bullying Prevention Month

  1. Barbara @ Just Another Manic Mommy says:

    great info…thanks!

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