October is National Bullying Prevention Month
It's hard to believe that tomorrow is October 1st. I could have sworn it was summer yesterday, and now it's time to get ready to rake leaves, buy pumpkins and take the family to the local fall festival. Next thing you know, it will be Thanksgiving!
If you haven't heard, October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying has always been a very serious issue. Because of advances in technology, the weaponry available to bullies today is more dangerous, cutting and can leave longer scars. Bullying is done in schools, in local communities and now social networks, webcams and mobile phones. It extends beyond school walls. The reality is very few opportunities exist for those suffering to escape the wrath of a bully.
Make sure you take some time during October to sit down and talk to your kids about bullying. There are many resources out there offering information and advice on what to say about the dangers of bullying offline AND online. I think one of the most compelling ways to teach kids about how much damage bullying does is to hear one of their own describe it from their own personal experience.
Recently, 13-year-old Alye Pollack received national attention for a YouTube video she created, describing the impact of hurtful words and bullying. After being bullied for years, she decided to create the video to help others who may also be suffering.
*As with any video, make sure you review its content before sharing it with your family.
On Monday, look for information about a special speaker series we have scheduled for parents and 6th-12th graders on Tuesday, October 4th discussing ways to identify, prevent, and respond to cyberbullying. I hope you will be able to attend this special event!
thinktanK¹² blog: Bullying
CBS-The Early Show: Bullied teen, Alye Pollack, quietly fights back
Cartoon Network: Stop Bullying Speak Up
Girl Talk: desiretoinspire.org
I am that girl: iamthatgirl.com