As a nonprofit whose mission is to help provide students with the school supplies they need to succeed, we also advocate for other important topics that play a critical role in students’ lives.
National Bullying Prevention Month was founded by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006 to raise awareness and educate the public on bullying prevention. This observation month is reserved every year throughout October as it is a great time to revisit the conversation of bullying shortly after students have returned to school for the new academic year.
According to StopBullying.gov, here are some signs to look for if you suspect your child or student is being bullied:
- Unexplainable injuries
- Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
- Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
- Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch
- Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
- Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
- Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
- Feelings of helplessness or decreased self-esteem
- Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide
If you see these warning signs, we urge you to open a conversation with your children/students and notify their teacher.
For additional research and resources about bullying prevention, visit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center for additional support.