Youth.gov defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance”. Bullying includes, but is not limited to making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group intentionally.

The organization, Stomp out Bullying, dubbed October as National Bullying Awareness Month, and shares that goal of this annual awareness campaign is

“to encourage schools, communities, and organizations to work together to stop bullying and put an end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children of all ages all month long.”

How can YOU help prevent bullying? Here are some tips.

  1. Help kids understand what exactly bullying is at a younger age
  2. Check in with your child, often. See how they are doing.
  3. Model how to treat people with respect and kindness
  4. encourage kids to do what they love- always support their passions.

WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. Intervene as soon as you even think there may be a problem between students. Do not brush it off as “kids are just being kids.” Some never do, and it affects them for a lifetime.

If there has been a crime or someone is at immediate risk of harm, please call 911. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call 1-800-273-TALK.

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