Everyone knows what bullying is. Some may think of it as a “rite of passage.” Some may see it as a “test to prove oneself.” Some may feel like it’s “not that big of a deal.”
For others, bullying leaves long-lasting psychological, social, emotional, and physical trauma.
Bullying isn’t new. It is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious and lasting problems.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
A report from 2013 found that 160,000 students stay home each day to avoid being bullied.
This number has only grown.
Families are under so much pressure in this day and age. But, we must make sure to stay diligent and aware of what’s going on in our kids’ lives.
Some ways you can help a child if you suspect they’re being bullied:
- Talk to your kid about what’s going on at school or with their friends.
- Pay attention to changes in appearance or behavior.
- Be non-judgmental when your child does tell you what’s going on.
- Give your child tools to teach them resiliency, how to stand up for themselves, or to talk to their teachers.
Our kids need us, now more than ever. American SPCC will always be here to be the voice for children.
National Bullying Prevention Month
This month, American SPCC is taking a stand against bullying!
Through our Learning Center, American SPCC provides life-changing Resource Kits to ensure that bullying mitigation and prevention tools are widely available for parents, teachers and caregivers in need. To help save even more children from the damaging effects of bullying, we need your help!
We need to raise $5,000 to distribute 20,000 of these valuable Resource Kits across the country. We’re halfway to our goal. Will you help us reach it before October 31st?
By providing accessible anti-bullying resources and tools online, we help millions of caregivers prevent the damaging effects of bullying. That means your gift today will provide immediate and proven life-changing impact for children in your community and across the nation.
Thank you for your support!