October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Join the movement. Help raise awareness and put an end to all types of bullying.

Learn How to Recognize and Respond to Cyberbullying

Be prepared to deal with cyberbullying in your school

Cyberbullying is difficult to address for several reasons. First, it can happen anytime, anywhere, not just at school. And often, hurtful comments or images are sent anonymously so they are hard to track down and delete. In addition, new technology has only led to new and different forms of cyberbullying, which is why it is on the rise.

That’s why it’s important that students, parents, teachers and administators know how to recognize cyberbullying and how to respond to it.

3 Ways to Identify and Address Cyberbullying

Almost 94% of kids ages 11-17 now own a mobile phone. That means cyberbullying can affect any student who is active on social media. Today, 49% of children report that they have been bullied online. The effects of this cyberbullying are long lasting. It can cause students to skip school, it leads to poor grades and it fosters low self-esteem.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent cyberbullying from becoming a more serious issue at your school.

National Bullying Prevention Month

National Bullying Prevention Month

National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

During the past 10 years, this campaign has grown from a small, week-long event to a worldwide effort with multiple activities throughout October. National Bullying Prevention Month is supported by hundreds of schools, major corporations and celebrities.

Be a part of this exciting anniversary and spread the message:
The End of Bullying Begins With Me!

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

Celebrated every October, this event was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure all Americans have the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. Since its inception under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, NCSAM has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation. 2016 marks the 13th year of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Key Takeaways

When students are victimized online, they may feel sad, lonely and hopeless. But the situation is not always as dire as it seems. If they know there are people they can turn to and steps they can take to help with the situation, they can begin to heal.

Teachers, administrators and parents all have important roles to play, too. As long as they understand what cyberbullying is and how to appropriately respond, there is a chance that one day we can discourage cyberbullying or even prevent it altogether.

You can learn more about bullying prevention by visiting the resources below