October is National Bullying Prevention Month!

compliments flyer featured picEach year, over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying [ed note: a commenter recently called into question the veracity of some of the bullying statistics that are floating around online—read about it here]. And while putting an end to bullying is a goal for the Choices/TeenBeing team year-round, October is National Bullying Prevention Month, bringing national focus to this important and timely issue for 31-straight days.

Originally a week-long project started by PACER's National Center for Bullying Prevention in 2006, the campaign has now evolved into a full month of activities and events to turn attention to the bullying crisis and give aid to anti-bullying efforts. Throughout the month, we’ll be highlighting successful anti-bullying projects here on TeenBeing that can be used not just in October, but throughout the year.

To kick things off, we have two fun activities to get your teens personally involved in the cause. First, check out PACER’s “The End of Bullying Begins With Me” petition. Have your teens pledge to take a stand against bullying by signing the online petition and letting the world know that they believe in a safe and positive community for all.

One way to work against bullying and other negative behaviors, especially in schools, is to combat them with positivity. Kindness and generosity can be used to drown out cruelty, though many students may be timid about openly and personally complimenting others, especially when it’s someone they may not know well. To add positivity to your community, print out the PDF we've created by clicking here. Cut the dotted lines at the bottom and post the flyers around your school or neighborhood, so that everyone can take a compliment when they need one.

For more ideas about how to understand and combat bullying behaviors, check out the Choices article “Is it Bullying or Drama” from our September 2013 issue, or our interview with bullying expert and author of Sticks and Stones, Emily Bazelon.

How do you and your teens plan on getting involved in National Bullying Prevention Month? Join the conversation in the comments below!