October is National Anti-Bullying Month or National Bullying Prevention Month. Now is the time to educate yourself and your family, as bullying affects more than half of all students. Just because your child doesn’t bring up the problem doesn’t mean the problem doesn’t exist. It’s out there and it’s getting worse.
Statistics compiled by ABC news show that up to 30% of students are either bullies or the victim of bullying. More than 160,000 students stay home from school every DAY out of fear.
Forms of bullying include but are not limited to called a name, sworn at, belongings taken, cyberbullying, disrespectful texts and exclusion.
The Center For Disease Control (CDC) estimates at least 4400 deaths each year to student suicide, and for each reported death there are at least 100 unsuccessful attempts.
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Wheatley School in New York was recently featured on CNN when Anderson Cooper led a discussion involving both students and staff, along with author and child expert Rosalind Wiseman and Dr. Phil McGraw. This show was titled Bullying It Stops Here and addressed ways to educate everyone on this national epidemic.