National Bullying Prevention Month
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying is an act of intentional aggression against another to make them feel scared, threatened, or cause injury. Bullying can occur in-person or through technology. Bullying that occurs online via social media and over the computer or phone is called to as cyberbullying.
Around 20% of children ages 12 and up have experienced bullying at some point.Most bullying occurs during school hours and school-related activities like riding the bus. Ongoing bullying can lead to mental health issues among children at any age.
Consider the following tips when talking to your child about bullying: to both prevent your child from acting as a bully or being bullied:
- Tell your child what bullying is and explain why it is wrong.
- Talk to your child about what it means to treat others with kindness and respect.
- Discuss practical and appropriate responses to being bullied, such as saying “no” or walking away from the situation.
- Encourage your child to tell you or another trusted if they are being bullied.
Bullying is a scary reality for many children across the country and around the world. Talking openly about preventing bullying and actions to take if bullying occurs is an effective way to stop bullying at its source or get the help your child needs to be happy and healthy.
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