October is National Bullying Prevention Month

BullyingThere is excitement this time of year as students and teachers have made their way back to school. For students who experience bullying, however, going to school can be a time of anxiety and apprehension, impacting their education, health, and safety.

October marks National Bullying Prevention Month. Initiated in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, PACER brings together communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. National Bullying Prevention Month is supported by hundreds of schools, community members, major corporations, and celebrities, and is an opportunity to encourage everyone to unite for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

One of every five students reports being bullied during their school year*. Moreover, the percentage of individuals who have experienced cyberbullying has nearly doubled over the past decade.

You can get involved during National Bullying Prevention Month, by wearing and sharing orange on Unity Day, Wednesday, October 25, to send a unified, orange message of hope and support to those who experience bullying.

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center offers resources for students, parents, schools, and communities to address bullying through the following sites:

These websites provide information about bullying at school, in communities and online, and support to those who experience bullying. The sites include classroom toolkits and activities, videos, personal stories, statistics, and resources to raise awareness of this important issue, and includes a pledge kids and teens can take to be together against bullying.

FirstSteps pledges to support National Bullying Prevention Month by raising awareness and to offer support for our clients affected by bullying. If you are a current client and your child is experiencing bullying please contact your Program Director for resources and support. 

For more information about National Bullying Prevention Month and to learn how to become involved in this worldwide campaign, call 952.838.9000 or visit PACER.org/bullying.

* PACER.org/bullying

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