Today is National Stop Bullying Day.
October is also National Bullying Prevention Month. I found some resources to share with you and your children. Start talking to your children early about bullying.
When we think of bullying we typically think of children being bullied at school, but a friend reminded me you can also be bullied at work or because someone doesn’t agree with your life style or the color of your skin. The resources below I’m sure can be used in any situation. This has to stop!!
There are many forms of bullying these days.
They can range from:
– Verbal (name calling and teasing)
– Social (spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships)
– Physical (hitting, punching, shoving)
– Cyberbullying (Using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others)
There are early signs of bullying to look out for that can begin at a very early age. Start talking to your kids early about bullying.
Warning Signs of Bullying
Here are just a few warning signs of bullying.
– Changes in eating habits
– Trouble sleeping or frequent bad dreams
– Loses interest in visiting or talking with friends
– Frequent headaches, stomachaches or feeling sick.
– Unexplained injuries
– Often feels like they’re not good enough
– Suddenly has fewer friends
– Appears sad, moody, angry, anxious or depressed when they come home
There are many helpful resources, but I believe the two below would be more beneficial then any of the others I came across.
Facebook – National Bullying Prevention Month – Bullying is everyone’s issue, and when we’re united, the cause is strong. What will you do to help?
Twitter – Unite for National Bullying Prevention Month – How will you help?
We can’t forget to get the teacher’s involved, children spend the majority of their day in class rooms. The Department of Education and its Safe and Supportive Technical Assistance Center, created a free, state-of-the-art training for classroom teachers on bullying. The two-part training aims to help teachers know the best practices to stop bullying on the spot and how to stop it before it starts. The training toolkit consists of PowerPoints, trainer guides, handouts, and feedback forms that school districts, schools, and teachers can use free of charge. Both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers gave feedback on the modules and made suggestions on what teachers would find most useful.
Please feel free to comment with any other resources.