PREVENT BULLYING WITH KINDNESS
Nearly 30% of U.S. students in grades 6 through 12 and 19% of elementary students experience bullying every year. While some people think bullying is a normal part of growing up, research shows that it has a lasting impact. Those who are bullied experience higher rates of depression and anxiety than their peers and these issues can follow them into adulthood.
October is National Bullying Prevention Monthand this year’s theme is “Kindness Works.” Being kind to others is the respectful thing to do, but it also prevents bullying and improves the overall school environment. This is something that needs to be instilled in children beginning at a very young age. The behavior that seems harmless in toddler years can turn into a more serious problem later on if it’s not addressed and corrected by parents, caregivers and teachers.
Years ago, kids who were bullied could escape when they went home at the end of the day. Nowadays, bullying can continue after school thanks to technology. While verbal and social bullying are still the most common, 15% of high school studentsreported being electronically bullied in the last year; this takes place on social media or through text messages. However, this number is significantly higher for LGBTQ students; 55% report being cyberbullied. Instagram is the most popular social media network for teens and users say it’s an easy place to bully others by posting mean comments and bad photos. Some teens even go as far as creating “hate pages” which are dedicated to humiliating others.
5 Ways to Prevent Bullying
Parents, teachers and students all play a role in bullying prevention. Below are five ways to help create a positive environment for kids.
To learn more about bullying prevention, visit StopBullying.gov for tips and resources.
And remember, it’s cool to be kind!