October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, a campaign to prevent the problem and promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Our goal is to encourage our students to stop bullying and put an end to hatred by increasing awareness.
There are several signs that bullying may be affecting a child’s emotional and physical health.
Know the signs
· Reluctance to go to school
· Sudden drop in grades
· Self-deprecating talk
· Staying away from friends
· Crying Episodes
· Frequent complaints of headaches and/or stomach aches
· Unexplained bruises
· Severe depression
· Drug and alcohol use
Help for victims of bullying
If parents aren’t sure how to talk with their kids about the issue, Stomp Out Bullying has an online HelpChat for young people. It’s free and confidential and available for teens and young adults, ages 13-24. Trained volunteers are available on Mondays from 6 p.m. to midnight and Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to midnight.
When the HelpChat Line is not available and your child is in crisis, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the GLBT National Youth Talkline at 1-800-246-PRID (7743).
Parents can also find tips on what to do if their child is a bully or being bullied here.
Take a stand
Want to take a stand against bullying during National Prevention Awareness Month?
If you’re a parent, you can start by teaching your children to be kind, to stand up for others and to reach out to kids who may feel left out. Lead by example.