October Is Bully Prevention Month
If you haven’t already heard, October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying has always been a serious issue. Because of advances in technology, the weaponry available to bullies today is more dangerous and can leave longer-lasting scars. Bullying is done in schools, in local communities and now social networks and mobile phones. It extends beyond school walls. The reality is very few opportunities exist for those suffering to escape the wrath of a bully.
Make sure you take some time during October to sit down and talk to your kids about bullying. There are many resources available that offer information and advice on what to say about the dangers of bullying off AND online.
Bully Prevention Month is sponsored by the PACER Center – a parent center for families of children and young adults with disabilities—and cosponsored by NEA, the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education, and National PTA. It encourages communities to work together to increase awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on children.
The PACER web site aims to educate elementary students about bullying prevention and provide methods for responding to bullying situations. It features an animated cast of characters, celebrity videos, “Webisodes,” games, a contest, and other activities and information. Parents and professionals will find helpful tips, intervention strategies, and resources for use at home and school.
See the PACER Center’s Kids Against Bullying web site, a bullying prevention resource for elementary-age children, including those with disabilities.