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October is Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying and bullying prevention is – rightfully so – a popular topic in the news these days for parents and schools. Check out these resources to find out more about bullying prevention programs.Bullying and bullying prevention is – rightfully so – a popular topic in the news these days for parents and schools. With two kids in elementary school, I am constantly shocked by some of the mean and awful things kids say to other kids. I remember enough of my own childhood not to have rose-colored glasses – I know kids can be, and often are, really mean. But it just breaks my heart that so many kids don’t get the help they need when they’re being bullied.

One of the hardest things for me as a parent is accepting the fact that not only do I need to talk to my kids about what to do if they’re being bullied, but also what to do if they’re the ones doing the bullying. My son and I talk a lot about the times that a child was being made fun of at school and how his first reaction might have been to laugh. We talk a lot about how the child who is being teased might feel and what he can do instead of laugh – tell the other kids to stop, go talk to the child being teased, etc.

It’s a hard conversation to have. No child wants to stick out, to stand up to the loudest kids, or possibly align themselves with a child who may not be “cool.” Teaching a child to do the right thing, when it’s the hardest thing, is difficult. Luckily for me and all the other parents out there, there are plenty of resources for us and our children, no matter what our experiences are.

October is national bullying prevention month. Stomp Out Bullying is helping schools and other organizations to “encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.” Stomp Out Bullying has resources for children being bullied and children who might be bullying. There are pages for educators and parents, in addition to an online chat feature.

Stopbullying.gov also has valuable resources about bullying education, prevention, and response.  Additionally, they have a specific focus on cyber bullying. Stopbullying.gov encourages involvement in a number of events throughout October:

  • The You’re Not Alone campaign, which includes toolkits and classroom materials to help with bullying education.
  • Unity Day, October 21, when students, educators, celebrities, and others wear orange, hold events, and start discussions to raise awareness.

We’ve shared additional resources in our post, In the News: Bullying Prevention Programs, showing how schools and educators are using creative and effective tools to teach kids about bullying and how to handle it. Also, check out our Bullying Pinterest board for additional resources.

We would love to hear from you about how you’ve talked to your students or your own children about bullying.

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