Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Bullying includes making threats, spreading rumors, physical violence, verbal abuse and excluding peers from a group on purpose.  Bullying also includes cyberbullying through text messages, emails or social media.

Here are some statistics on bullying from the National Center for Educational Statistics (2019):

One out of every five (20.2%) students report being bullied.

Of those students who reported being bullied, 13% were made fun of, called names, or insulted; 13% were the subject of rumors; 5% were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on; and 5% were excluded from activities on purpose.

Reasons for bullying included physical appearance, race/ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation.

Among students ages 12 – 18 who reported being bullied at school, 15% were bullied online or by text.

Bullying can lead to higher rates of absenteeism for students being bullied as well as a decrease in grades. In 2019, the CDC reported these students have a higher risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties and dropping out of school.

Parents, school staff and other caring adults have a role to play in preventing bullying. Learn more about the prevention of bullying and state legislation on the issue at stopbullying.gov.

The STOMP Out Bullying™ HelpChat Line is a resource for youth, ages 12-18. https://www.stompoutbullying.org/helpchat