October is Bullying Awareness Month
Kids who are bullied:
Bullying is a very serious problem it can cause depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. These problems might not go away but rather follow them into their adulthood and have an effect on them for the rest of their life. Bullying can affect a person’s performance in school because they skip school or drop out to get away from the bullying. These situations may not seem serious to some but this is affecting the wellbeing of our younger generation and bullying can eventually lead up to the tragedy of suicide. When kids who are 10,11, or 12 want to take their own lives then there is a serious problem.
Kids who bully:
Not only do we need to help the kids who are getting bullied but also the bullies. Some know better and some don’t know what they are doing is wrong and we need to let them know that what they are doing is not ok.The kids who are doing the bullying are also affected by their behavior and they to will be affected into there adulthood and possibly become drug users and abuse alcohol. Bullies get in many fights, they vandalize properties and dropout of school. They too are victims of the behaviors.
Types of bullying:
Bullying is not only psychical behaviors such as fighting and hitting but it is verbal, name calling and gossiping about a person. Verbal bullying can cause as much pain as a black eye. Social Media has opened a new window for bullying, kids are getting attacked online; this is referred to as cyberbullying. A good movie to watch on Netflix about this topic is Cyberbully starring Emily Osment.
How to get involved in Bullying Awareness Month:
1. October 22 is #UNITYDAY: Wear orange on this day to show your support. You can get an official PACER’S Unity Day shirt at https://www.booster.com/unityday all proceeds will go to the National Bullying Prevention Center. If you order your shirt by October 6th then you will receive it before Unity Day.
2. Have discussions with younger friends,younger relatives, or peers you may have. Ask them if they are getting bullied or have they witnesses someone being bullied. If they answer yes to any of these question you should take the necessary steps to contact the school or if it is going on in their neighborhood then you should contact the parents. The following link has printable handouts to help you notify a school about bullying and the steps that it will take to help the bullying stop: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/publications/
3. Wear an orange ribbon throughout the month to show people you support Bullying Awareness.
If you find yourself participating in any type of bullying awareness activity use #506standsup and for unity day be sure to use #UNITYDAY and #UNITYDAY2014