How You Can Get Involved for National Bully Prevention Month
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I have so, so much that I can say on bullying… I mean, once you’ve been at the receiving end of it, and then also see your child in the same place, it almost becomes too much. But I’m keeping it condensed for the sake of not losing my shiznit (and raising my blood pressure) for this post.
I am so incredibly sad at the rising number of child/teen suicides because of bullying. And that’s the worst case scenario. Every day some crazy number of kids are bullied at school. And what blows my mind is that even if the parents find out about it, and even if they give a damn that their kid is doing this to another kid, they usually have no idea that their child had it in them to be this way to another human. Again–Blows. My. Mind.
And the thing is, way back when I was in school, there was no categorization of bullying. If you were being mean and making ‘power plays’, whether physically or socially, it was bullying. Now there are at least 6 different categories, including cyber-bullying. It’s just become so rampant–especially since kids think it’s ok to bully behind the safety of a computer screen or phone screen–that for some kids it’s too much to take.
(I digress.) Recognizing the need for some type of intervention, the Pacer Organization now sponsors National Bullying Prevention month in October every year. And even though the entire month is dedicated to education on awareness and prevention, the Pacer Organization (along with a few other orgs) dedicate a specific day (this year is October 25th) for Unity Day. On Unity Day, everyone wears orange to send a unified message to kids that they aren’t alone in their struggles.
National Bullying Prevention month has now been featured on TLC, Disney Channel’s #choosekindness campaign, and ABC Family. Not to mention the vast number of celebrities (as well as a few major league sports teams) teaming up to shout out about bully prevention and awareness.
Be sure to take part in this heartfelt and unifying month by talking to your kids.
Teach them about kindness–not just in passing, but also if there’s another kid in need.
Teach them to not be a bystander. Too many kids are scared of ‘losing face’ if they stand up to help somebody out.
And please–teach them that treating another person horribly can literally affect that person the rest of their lives. I realize it’s not all our responsibilities to make sure every human can handle life, but there’s a difference between being a little rude, and harassing or tormenting someone to the point that they don’t want to go to school, or events, or even live.
Develop a relationship with your kid so you know they can tell you anything, and they’re being heard. But also that you’re being heard as well.
Take part by wearing orange on Unity Day.
And visit Pacer.org to find out all kinds of stuff about getting involved!
You can ‘Like’ their Facebook page to get all the info on events coming up!
How else are you getting involved? Any cool events in your area?
Click HERE to check out my Bullying Pinterest board, where you can find tons of information all around the web on bullying, ways to prevent it, and how to deal with it if it’s already happened. (Oh–and follow me while you’re there, how bout it?) 😉