October 01, 2009

Stomp out bullying Oct. 4-10

Blue ShirtOct. 4-10 marks National Bullying Prevention Week. To show your support for putting a stop to bullying, wear a blue shirt on Monday, like the stylish STOMP Out Bullying™ shirt pictured to the left! 

Bullying isn't "just a fact of life" that kids need to deal with. In fact, kids who are bullied "are more likely than other children to be depressed, lonely, anxious; have low self-esteem, feel unwell, and think about suicide," according to the Department of U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Here are some more facts about bullying:

  • 1 out of 4 kids is bullied.
  • 1 out of 5 kids admits to being a bully, or doing some "bullying."
  • 8% of students miss one day of class per month for fear of bullies.
  • 43% fear harassment in the bathroom at school.
  • 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.

The HRSA website has lots of resources for kids and adults to take action, and Love Our Children USA recommends all parents work to end bullying by taking the following steps:

  1. Talk to your school and tell them you want bullying prevention education included in the curriculum.
  2. Get your school's permission to start a peer mentoring club.
  3. Mentor kids in your school who are victims of bullying and cyberbullying and offer them help.
  4. Hold events at school to educate students about bullying.

There are lots of other ways to get involved, too.

Help make schools and playgrounds safe and fun for everyone by working to put a stop to bullying! If you've taken action on this issue or plan to, share your story in the comments!