National Bullying Prevention Month 2018
To raise awareness of bullying and its effects, every October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The aim is to encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing the awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on children of all ages.
28% of US students in grades 6-12 experience bullying
55.2% of LGBTQ students experienced cyberbullying
More than 160,000 U.S. students stay home from school each day from fear of being bullied
Historically, it was believed that bullying was a childhood ‘rite of passage’ that ‘made kids tougher’, however in reality bullying can leave devastating and often long-term effects such as loss of self esteem, increased anxiety and depression for those involved. Studies show that youth who self-blame and feel they deserved to be bullied are more likely to face negative outcomes, such as depression, prolonged victimization, and maladjustment. Consequently, there is a strong association between bullying and suicide-related behaviors, but this relationship is often mediated by other factors, including depression, violent behavior, and substance abuse.
Bullying used to be restricted to schools or neighborhoods however, as technology has evolved, so has the ability to bully. It is often easier to be cruel using technology, because of greater physical distance and the person bullying doesn’t see the immediate response by the target – they might not recognize the serious harm from their actions, because they lack seeing the target’s response; and it can be harder for parents and adults to manage cyberbullying. Those who are cyberbullied can face negative outcomes, as they can feel more uncontrollability than those facing traditional bullying – they have less control over who views the bullying and less ability to make the bullying stop.
9% of students in grades 6-12 experiences cyberbullying
Rates of cyberbullying victimization range from 5% to 74%
Boys are more likely to be cyberbully perpetrators and girls are more likely to be cyberbully targets
What can be done to stop bullying?
This National Bullying Prevention Month, teachers can prevent bullying in the classroom by building a trusting relationship with a student and watch for those who may seem socially excluded. Activities where students collaborate can give the class more opportunities to learn how to work together and allow teachers to observe the interaction.
Additionally, this National Bullying Prevention Month, parents can look out for the signs of bullying, such as reluctance to go to school, withdrawal from activities or a change in behavior after being online. Parents can approach the subject of bullying by starting a conversation and giving their child the space they need to come and discuss the subject with them further. Parents can also get in contact with their child’s teachers and investigate further, working with the school to end the bullying. To see other tips on how to approach the subject of bullying see our blog.
This National Bullying Prevention Month remember to spread awareness of bullying and look out for the signs so we can put an end to bullying in all forms!
See how Impero’s Education Pro can help prevent bullying in schools by watching our online safety video.