By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki
In recent years, bullying has garnered a lot of attention with good reason. From students who are teased in the classroom, to cyberbullying that continues outside of school walls. For today’s youth, bullying isn’t limited to the tough kid on the playground. Kids can be attacked online by people they’ve never even met. It’s becoming increasingly important for parents to understand the statistics, as well as the resources available to help their children feel strong and protected.
The Centers for Disease Control has illuminated the severity of this issue through their research. They reported that bullying increases a child’s risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor performance in school. These students are also at an elevated risk for substance abuse and violent tendencies as adults.
Recent statistics from pacer.org show just how prevalent bullying is:
- 22 percent of students, roughly one in four, reported that they have experienced bullying.
- 64 percent of students who were bullied did not report it.
- A staggering 30 percent of students admitted to having bullied others. This number is especially important. While a big part of putting a stop to bullying is educating our children to protect themselves, it may be even more important to teach them that bullying others is wrong.
At Curriki we also take bullying seriously. We offer several courses on bullying awareness and prevention:
- Bullying Prevention Month Resources
- A Contract On Bullying
- A Bad Case of Bullying: Using Literature Response Groups With Students
- Conflict Resolution
- Bullying & the Internet
Concerned parents can take a stand by learning how to help prevent bullying, both online and at school. StopBullying.gov offers several great educational resources on this topic.
Creating a positive atmosphere among students, and teaching our children to be kind to one another, is paramount to putting an end to America’s bullying problem. Pacer offers a variety of resources for parents and educators, and a number of excellent programs that tackle this issue head on. Go to their website to learn how you can get involved today.