National Bullying Prevention Month serves as an important reminder of the devastating impacts of bullying. It is a form of aggression, which can be mean and even life-threatening. According to official data, about 20% of schoolchildren experience bullying and cyberbullying on a daily basis. This is why it is essential to take a stand and tackle this issue together.
The PACER National Bullying Prevention Center founded the holiday in 2006, initially as a 1-day event. Since then, it has grown to become a month-long celebration. The organization works with children, youth, and those with disabilities to raise awareness of this socially important issue.
Unfortunately, bullying can have disastrous consequences. These include depression, anxiety disorders, psychological instability, suicidal thoughts, stress, substance abuse, communication difficulties, and difficulties in developing mutual understanding.
- Bullying is not a new phenomenon; it is even seen in the animal kingdom, with chimpanzees as an example.
- Usually, those who allow another to be bullied are afraid of becoming the target themselves and are trying to put themselves out of danger.
- Bullies often have low self-esteem and fear others will see their fears and weaknesses.
- Many children who are bullied feel guilty about it.
- Many teenagers are not willing to share their unpleasant experiences with their parents or teachers.
How to take part
If you are still in school, show empathy for your classmates, especially those who are new. This applies to adults as well; be sure to reach out to a new colleague at work to check in with them. Teachers should encourage their students to show respect for each other and organize meetings to discuss the issue with parents. The main goal of National Bullying Prevention Month is to bring society together and emphasize that everyone can play a role in preventing it.
When is National Bullying Prevention Month in 2023?
National Bullying Prevention Month is observed on October 1 each year.