National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. National Bullying Prevention and Awareness was a response to the need to raise awareness of bullying the lasting and devastating effects bullying had on students. Traditionally held the first week in October, the event was expanded in 2010 to include activities, education, and awareness building for the entire month.
As defined by www.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. Children can bully others, they can be bullied, or they may witness bullying. When kids are involved in bullying, they often play more than one role. It is important to understand the multiple roles kids play in order to effectively prevent and respond to bullying. The devastating and lasting effects of bullying can result in school avoidance, loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression.
Parents, school staff, and other caring adults have a role to play in preventing bullying. They can: