National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign to help educate and raise awareness about bullying.
The National Holiday was founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.
When is National Bullying Prevention Month?
National Bullying Prevention Month is on October.
The purpose of the month-long event is to prevent childhood bullying and promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion in schools, homes, and communities.
Teachers, faculty and parents are encouraged to use a four-week activity kit in K-12 classrooms or other youth settings. The kit, featured on Pacer’s website, has engaging activities to promote unity, kindness, and acceptance among the youth.
What is the history of anti-bullying events throughout the years?
In 1970, the first systematic bullying research was conducted by Dr Olweus with the goal to better understand and prevent bullying.
The STOMP Program was created 35 years later, dedicated to eradicating cyberbullying and raise awareness of homophobia, racism, and more.
In 2006, a federal law was passed that made it a crime to abuse and harass someone online.
Two years later in 2008, California became the first state to create a law against cyberbullying.
What are some statistics on bullying and how to combat it?
One out of every five students reported being bullied, according to a 2019 research by National Center for Educational Statistics. Of the students bullied, 41 percent think it would happen again.
Persistent bullying can cause feelings of isolation, rejection, exclusion, and despair, as well as depression and anxiety, according to WebMD.
Having a safe space to talk and express feelings is crucial to one’s mental health.
People are encouraged to initiate conversations about bullying if they see signs of it happening to someone they know.
“Avoid the glib response of ‘just walk away’ and brainstorm with the child: How can they feel mentally strong and safe around the bully?,” WebMD advises.
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