(NEWS10) – October is National Bully Prevention month. The goal is to raise awareness but to look at where we were on this issue in past years and where we are now and where we hope to be in the future.
According to Pacer, a national bullying prevention center, bullying is still an issue in our country and across the world, and will continue to be, as long as we allow it to.
In 2014, one out of every three students reported being bullied. That could include anything from being attacked physically or verbally, someone sharing embarrassing information, making threats or exclusion.
That same center also says their staff has responded to six thousand requests on their website for help and support.
Many victims say it affects them in a lot of ways including losing sleep, feeling sick or suicidal, or skipping school just to avoid getting bullied.
According to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, bullying is considered to be a serious public health problem with long-term consequences. All of that research was done through the help of data gathered from reported incidents.
However, what about the 64% they say didn’t speak up?
It’s an alarming number, especially when the same studies show that 40% of parents say they do not know how to respond if their child is bullied.
StopBullying.gov provides a few basic tips to get you started, but encourage you to seek more information.
The following statistic should encourage you to keep up the good work. Studies show that 57% of bullying situations do in fact stop when a peer intervenes.
So, it’s a reminder that even if you’re not being bullied, you’re encouraged to make the difference and stand up for those who are.