One out of every five children: thats how many bullying victims there are every year, which is why PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center declared October to be National Bullying Prevention Month.
Founded in 2006, National Bullying Prevention Month is meant to unify the nation in raising awareness of bullying and standing together to prevent it. Families, schools, and communities come together in support of this amazing cause. Bullying-name calling, physical violence, and cyberbullying-affect thousands of kids in terrible ways, and the statistics make this pretty clear. According to PACER.org, students who are bullied are at greater risk for anxiety and depression. They are also 2.6 times more likely to contemplate suicide.
PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center has outlined ways that individuals, schools, and communities can help stomp out bullying. Schools can hold a Pledge Day where students sign a pledge to be kind, be accepting of each others differences and to support those who have been victimized. We can spread the word about the harm of bullying using social networks and encourage our local lawmakers to create laws to better protect students against bullying.
To show support for this month, PACER also encourages the celebration of Unity Day on October 25th, which promotes uniting for kindness, accepting each other, and including everyone. This day is represented with the color orange, and shirts and other items of this color are worn to unify everyone in support.
Bullying is a problem that we can't stop immediately end but if we come together this October and raise awareness, we can become closer as a community, learn to be more accepting, and instead of being passive, we can fight against it.