October is National Bullying Prevention Month
National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.
What is bullying? At first glance, it might appear that this behavior is easy to define. However, bullying behaviors can be complex. Below are elements that are included in most definitions of bullying:
- The behavior hurts, humiliates, or harms another person physically or emotionally.
- Those targeted by the behavior have difficulty stopping the action directed at them, and struggle to defend themselves.
- There is also a real or perceived “imbalance of power,” which is described as when the student with the bullying behavior has more “power,” either physically, socially, or emotionally, such as a higher social status, or is physically larger or emotionally intimidating.
- Repetitive behavior; however, bullying can occur in a single incident if that incident is either very severe or arises from a pattern of behavior.
Bullying can physical or emotional and can happen anywhere, at school, online, or through text messages. Students often describe bullying as when "someone makes you feel less about who you are as a person."
Bottom line is that bullying is never okay, cool, or acceptable. If a student feels like they are being bullied, they should tell an adult right away. Together, we can deal with the bullying and make sure that it doesn't continue to happen.
I have included a link for an online story about bullying if you wish to watch it at home with your students.
There are some great resources on the Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center's Website if you would like to explore some more!
If you have any questions or would like me to share some anti-bullying activities with you, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org