Every October, schools, organizations, celebrities, and people from all walks of life come together to observe it as National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. The goal of this campaign is to unite and encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyber-bullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.
Here are some general statistics about bullying:
- One out of every four students report being bullied throughout the school year
- 64 percent of children who were bullied did not report it
- School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by 25%
- 19.6% of high school students in the US report being bullied at school in the past year & 14.8% reported being bullied online.
These alarming statistics highlight the national call to action that is necessary to help end bullying across the world. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center has also created initiatives to help prevent and raise awareness for bullying, such as Unity Day on October 16th. On this day, they encourage those who care about safe and supportive schools and communities to wear orange. If you would like to learn more about possible ways that you, your school, or your community can get involved in the national prevention of bullying, then please visit PACER, Stop Bullying, or Stomp Out Bullying for more details. You may also want to consider a donation to other charities, such as The Trevor Project, GLSEN and The Jed Foundation which also deal with the problem of bullying.