National Bullying Prevention Month October 2018

In recent years, schools throughout the country have experienced a frightening increase in bullying and acts of hate. The largest fraction of hate related incidents occur between the years of K-12. When hating others is becoming the new norm, our greatest challenge is to stop bullying and create a safe and inclusive place for all students. The highest percentage of students that are being discriminated against are Immigrant, Black, Jewish, Muslim, and LGBTQ+ students. These students experience hateful noises, derogatory symbols, chanting, and taunting everyday. October marks the National Bullying Prevention Month. It is time we take a stand to keep our children safe and say NO to bullying.

SIGNS A CHILD IS BEING BULLIED
• Unexplainable injuries
• Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
• Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
• Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
• Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
• Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
• Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
• Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
• Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

SIGNS A CHILD IS BULLYING OTHERS
• Get into physical or verbal fights
• Have friends who bully others
• Are increasingly aggressive
• Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
• Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
• Blame others for their problems
• Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
• Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

WHAT CAN I DO?
Parents - parents play a key role in preventing bullying. Recognize the warning signs above; learn what bullying is; utilize tips and tools to talk to your child about bullying.
Educators - Schools are a primary place where bullying usually occurs. Educators and staff should help establish a supportive and safe school climate; learn how to engage parents and youth; know your obligations under your state's anti-bullying law.
Community - As an adult in the community, you play an important role in responding to bullying. Learn how to respond to bullying when it is presented in the community; explore other federal and non-federal resources that might help you in planning your bullying prevention work.

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