We're almost halfway into National Bullying Prevention Month! Started in 2006, National Bullying Prevention Month was founded by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Initially, it was celebrated for just a week's time, but then expanded to a month in 2010.
According to PACER, bullying is an intentional behavior that hurts, harms, or humiliates a student, either physically or emotionally, and can happen while at school, in the community, or online. Those bullying often have more social or physical “power,” while those targeted have difficulty stopping the behavior. The behavior is typically repeated, though it can be a one-time incident.
It's best to not call a person a bully, as we ALL have the potential to engage in bullying behavior and not even realize its effect on a person or persons. So much of the work in regards to bully prevention focuses on reactive measures, but what can anyone do to prevent bullying from happening? Practicing kindness, acceptance and inclusive measures are steps to make sure bullying doesn't happen. What does that look like in practice?
For more information, the following websites are awesome tools to use to assist in bully prevention efforts: