This series kick-offs the month of October, not to celebrate Halloween, but to bring attention to an issue that plagues the entire globe—bullying. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and this series will seek to educate readers on the importance of bullying awareness and how the act itself can be prevented.
The Importance of Bullying Awareness
At times, it can be hard for students to stand up to their peers in the face of bullying, whether they are the victims or simply observers. Bullying can be extremely detrimental to the physical and mental health of children to young adults, so it is important to provide them with the necessary information to protect themselves, and others, from bullies. National Bullying Prevention Month seeks to do just this.
Bullying Prevention Awareness Month began in October of 2006 when PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center began the initiative. PACER started the initiative with the belief that students, parents, caregivers, teachers, and faculty members should be aware of not only the warning signs of bullying, but also the consequences of it.
Since the initiative first began, the movement has grown to become a global event.
New Initiatives for Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
According to stopbullying.gov, the Bullying Prevention Awareness Month this year has the following new initiatives:
Keep an eye on our blog throughout the week where we will have entries on risk factors, prevention, and long-term effects.