October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October is anti-bullying monthEvery October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.

The goal is to encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyber-bullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.

Monday, October 1 is also “World Day of Bullying Prevention.” People are asked to wear blue to show their support to stop bullying.

There are other events planned throughout the month; the week of October 8, students are encouraged to make friends with someone they don’t know at school. The point is to make sure no one at school feels isolated.

The week of October 15 is Stand Up for Others Week. When you see someone being bullied, be brave and stand up to them. Use the bullying form or bullying hotline to report and form of bullying.

The week of October 22 is the Week of Inclusion. Don’t let anyone at school eat alone or invite someone you don’t know that well to sit next to you on the bus. Use the hashtag #HereForYou.

Lastly, on the week of October 29, meet with fellow students and discuss how you can change the culture at your school.

To report concerns of bullying, call the District Anti-Bullying Hotline at 561-982-0900. For information on preventing bullying and talking to your children about bullying, click here.