October is National Bullying Prevention Month
by Jean Berreckman
Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal is to encourage schools, communities and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying and put an end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children of all ages.
What is Bullying? 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. Bullying can also take place through technology, known as cyberbullying. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
The Week of OCTOBER 1st “WHAT IS BULLYING? WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
The Week of OCTOBER 7th “MAKE FRIENDS WITH SOMEONE YOU DON’T KNOW…
MONDAY, OCT. 7th – NO SCHOOL TUESDAY, OCT. 8th – “Blue Shirt Day” #Blueup All students and staff are encouraged to wear a blue shirt to celebrate World Day of Bullying Prevention.WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9th – Mix-IT-UP at LUNCH – fun activity during lunch, sponsored put on by our Duster Union students.
The Week of OCTOBER 14th – “STAND UP FOR OTHERS WEEK”
Students are encouraged if they see someone being bullied, be brave and STAND UP for them. If you don’t feel safe, get help from an adult immediately. Be part of the solution-not the problem.
The Week of OCTOBER 21st – “WEEK OF INCLUSION”
The Week of OCTOBER 28th – “START THE WEEK WITH CONVERSATIONS AMONGST YOUR PEERS”
Our school can begin to change the culture by putting an end to Bullying and Cyberbullying!