October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a campaign meant to raise awareness and educate communities on bullying among youth. Bullying is an issue that NRS deals with every day.
NRS receives calls and connections from youth suffering from bullying. This affects youth and families in every community in the country. Resources are shared with youth from NRS’ crisis services center to help them deal with the emotional and physical abuse.
A resource that NRS recommends to bullied youth is also responsible for the creation of National Bullying Prevention Month: PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. That is why the organization has been chosen as NRS’ Organization of the Month for October.
Established in 2006 by its’ parent organization, the PACER Center, the National Bullying Prevention Centers’ focus is to “lead social change so that bullying is no longer considered an accepted childhood rite of passage.”
According to the organization, bullying has been viewed as a necessary step in childhood, and is a way to “make kids tougher.” The reality, however, is that youth suffer from the lingering effects of bullying, such as low self-esteem, anxiety or depression through adulthood. Bullying can be prevented and stopped through education and awareness.
Resources for Youth
Their website boasts a variety of resources for youth and families. Youth can send their questions about bullying to receive answers or check the FAQ section for insight.
The bullying facts section gives readers perspective on the issues around bullying, such as:
- Bystanders can be powerful allies.
- Anyone can bully, and anyone can be bullied.
- Bullying is about control.
A section dedicated to cyberbullying defines this unique form of bullying that has become more prevalent among youth. The section also features the facts around cyberbullying, the types of technology used to cyberbully, and how families can address online bullying.
A video section features inspirational videos from recording and performing artists who are bullying prevention advocates. Instructional videos direct youth how to deal with certain scenarios, such as being the “new kid” in school, or if a youth is on a sports team and is being bullied by teammates.
How to Participate in Bullying Prevention Month
Youth and families can get involved in bullying prevention in October and year-round using resources on the PACER website. Visitors can take a pledge against bullying, sign up for their newsletter, and attend or organize an event within their community.
Unity Day, on October 25th, is a day when individuals across the nation will come together in person or online in solidarity against bullying. Supporters are asked to wear orange or order a special PACER t-shirt, to participate. Participants are asked to take photos of themselves and then share on social media with the hashtag #UnityDay2017.
The National Bullying Prevention Center provides knowledge and resources to youth that are in crisis. By removing the stigma on childhood bullying, it hopes to teach youth that intimidation and abuse are wrong and inclusion and kindness are the alternatives.
NRS is proud to have PACER National Bullying Prevention Center as a resource to help keep youth safe and to name them NRS’ October 2017 Organization of the Month.