During the month of October, communities nationwide are uniting for National Bullying Prevention Month. PACER developed the initiative in response to the need to raise awareness about bullying. We are encouraging all members of the Laurel Springs community to join our efforts!
Before we take a stand against bullying, it’s important to understand the problem. So, what does it mean to be a bully? There are many different opinions on the definition, but many agree bullying occurs when:
- A behavior hurts or harms another person physically or emotionally. This behavior is usually intentional, but sometimes is not.
- A target has difficulty stopping the behavior directed at them, and struggles to defend themselves. Even if a target stops the behavior, it is still considered bullying.
One of the most common misconceptions is that bullying involves a physical act. While this is a form of bullying, there are many other ways students can bully their peers. With technology being easily accessible, cyberbullying has become more common. Cyberbullying occurs when an individual uses technology to harass, hurt, embarrass, humiliate or intimidate a target. Oftentimes, bullies will resort to the use of technology because they can find ways to remain anonymous.
Once you understand what bullying is, you can start taking steps to stand up against it. Take time to think about when you have experienced or witnessed bullying and how it made you feel. Was there anything that could have been different? If so, how could you make those changes happen next time? Having a plan will help you to stand up against bullying the next time you experience it.
By taking a stand together against bullying, we can make a difference! One of the ways we are asking those in the Laurel Springs community to stand up against bullying is to wear orange on Unity Day, October 22nd:
“If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities, make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together—in schools, communities, and online—and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity.” –Pacer.org
If you are part of our Laurel Springs community, please send in 1-3 words that describe you and wear orange with us on Unity Day, October 22nd. Send in your words and a picture wearing orange to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Laurel Springs’ students will be invited to the “Unite Against Bullying” webinar where you will get a first look at what we’ve created with your submissions!