By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki
The sad fact is that kids can be brutally cruel to each other and this bullying can take place in person or online. October marks the start of National Bullying Prevention Month when each of us can take an active role in bullying prevention.
Statistics show that teens are using different forms of technology such as email, texting or social media, to bully others. According to Cyber bullying statistics from the i-SAFE foundation:
- Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.
- More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online.
- Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
- Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.
- Sign up your school or organization as a Champion Against Bullying
- Add your name to the digital “The End of Bullying Begins With Me” petition
- Talk with your local media about bullying prevention and the activities happening in your own community
- Order bullying prevention bookmarks
- Share your story, poem, artwork or video
- Coordinate a Unity Dance and come together in song and dance.
- Hold a community event
- Tell why “you care about bullying prevention”
- Spread the word on social media
- Use PACER’s creative classroom toolkits to raise awareness
- Visit the ACT section of TeensAgainstBullying