National Bullying Prevention Month reminds everyone of the harm that bullying does. It is aggressive, mean and even life-threatening. According to official data, about 20% of schoolchildren face ridicule, cyberbullying (harassment through electronic devices) every day. This is an important month, because only by uniting we can fight this!
Holiday founded the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006. Initially, 1 day was celebrated, since 2010 it has become monthly. The organization works with children, youth, young people with disabilities. Activity rightfully occupies a place among the most socially important.
The statistics are disappointing: bullying in most cases creates disastrous consequences. The most common: depression, anxiety disorders, psychological instability, suicidal thoughts, stress, substance abuse, communication difficulties, mutual understanding.
Bad things to be aware of:
- hooligans have existed at all times, as laid down by nature. Bullying exists even in the animal kingdom, for example, it is specifically manifested in chimpanzees;
- usually a person who allows another to be humiliated is afraid of becoming a target himself and therefore tries to put himself higher;
- bullies have low self-esteem and are terrified that people will see their fears and weaknesses;
- many children who are ridiculed feel guilty about it;
- many teenagers do not share unpleasant situations with parents and teachers.
How to celebrate
If you are still in school, show empathy for classmates – for example, who are new in the class. The same rule works for adults, go up to a just settled colleague at work and find out how things are going. Teachers need to encourage students to show respect to each other, organize meetings and talk about problems with parents. The goal of National Bullying Prevention Month is to unite society and communicate that each of us has an important role to play.
When is National Bullying Prevention Month in 2022?
National Bullying Prevention Month is observed on October 1 each year.