October is Bulling Prevention Month. One caring adult can make all the difference to a student
- Nearly 1 in 4 children report experiences with bullying and more than 80 percent of high school students say they witness bullying at least once a week.
- Bullied students are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression, social embarrassment and even physical health problems.
- They also suffer academically. Research suggests that schools where students report a more severe bullying climate score lower on standardized tests than schools with a healthier climate.
- Students cannot learn if they’re living in fear.
This isn’t news to educators. We’ve known for decades that students need to be in safe, supportive learning environments to thrive. Bullying Prevention Month in October, there’s no better time to think about the best ways to keep our children safe.
The question is how can we, as educators, support students who have been bullied? How can we plead the cause of all bullied students and stop bullying? One caring adult can make all the difference to a student.
Educators MUST be their champions. We must create a culture in our schools, which will hopefully spread to society, where everyone is treated respectfully, and bullying is correctly understood and addressed.
What can we do make a difference? Take the Pledge: Stand Up for Bullied Students.
Get resources for your school by sending this pledge to FIVE colleagues who work with students at your school. Once five educators from your school sign the pledge, we will send you the tools and resources that you need to improve your school climate and ensure safe and respectful environments that strengthen our schools and communities.
By joining with your colleagues to tackle issues impacting school climate, you are building a team of trusted professionals who can lay the foundation for stronger schools and communities!