Bullying has far-reaching impacts on education, health, wellness, and safety. Created in 2006 by PACER's National Center for Bullying Prevention, National Bullying Prevention Month raises awareness through events, activities, outreach, and education to reduce and prevent bullying in schools and communities across the country. This year's theme is "The End of Bullying Begins with Me."
According to StopBullying.gov,
"Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose."
- Encourage young adults to talk to someone they trust.
- Determine if the behavior violates campus policies or laws. Review student codes of conduct, state criminal laws, and civil rights laws.
- Report criminal acts to campus or community law enforcement.
- Consult the college’s Title IX coordinator to help determine if the behavior is sexual harassment.
- Many college campuses also have an ombudsperson or similar person who handles a variety of concerns and complaints. He or she can help direct the young adult to appropriate campus resources.
- Young adults may be reluctant to seek help for cyberbullying, although they do recognize it as a serious issue for their age group. Encourage young adults to report cyberbullying.
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Please join us in recognizing the importance of preventing bullying in schools, colleges, and communities this and every month.