Now that the kids are back to school, there’s a tough topic to talk about in our communities. And, that’s bullying. It would be great if we didn’t have any bullying in our schools. But, that’s not the case. However, there is one resource for parents in need of guidance. That group is Stomp Out Bullying. Before we explore what that group offers parents, let’s note other articles for parents and back to school.
As always, we hope that you find value and insight in what we offer each month. We’re listening to what our partners say and tell us they’d like to explore. One of those topics is about National Bullying Prevention Month in October. People want to know more about how they can stop bullying.
Facts About Bullying
It’s a reality that almost every school community faces—bullying. And, it’s a deeply tough issue that is the responsibility of every adult. We have to end bullying because it leads to violence and, sadly, suicide. According to StopBullying.gov, there are two forms of bullying. The first is direct bullying, such as verbal or physical abuse done in the presence of the targeted youth. And, the second kind of bullying is indirect, as in when rumors get spread about the child. Bullying can include physical, verbal, relational (e.g., harming of reputation and relationships). It also includes damage to property according to the government website.
- 1 in 3 students in the U.S. has experienced bullying in school targeted to them.
- The majority of bullying occurs in middle school.
- Children who are perceived to be different from others have a higher risk to become the target of bullying.
- Bullying is usually a group affair with a several kids targeting another youth.
- Most bullying occurs in school, its grounds, and on the school bus.
Why You Need to Check Out Stomp Out Bullying
Stomp Out Bullying is the leading anti-bullying group for youth in the U.S. This includes against cyberbullying. It’s led, tirelessly, by Ross Ellis. She’s the founder of the organization and CEO. And, she has become one of the foremost experts in the nation on bullying and prevention. The organization seeks to change the culture that leads to bullying. So, it focuses on education about bullying, cyberbullying, LGBTQ discrimination, racism, hatred, and violence. The organization focuses on promoting respect, civility, inclusion, and equality.
Because the people understand the important issue of bullying, it’s a group that has famous supporters. Those include people such as Nick Cannon, Lance Bass, Demi Lovato who have provided PSAs or otherwise supported the organization. But, Stomp Out Bullying is about much more than celebrity endorsers.
If You or Your Child Need Help
No one should ever experience bullying. But, until we eradicate it as a culture, it’s something we have to address. If your child is the victim of bullying, Stomp Out Bullying provides resources to get help. Some of them include the following.
Stomp Out Bullying offers a confidential—and free— chat line for kids and teens. It helps victims of any form of bullying, as well as those who may be at risk for suicide.
The reality is that like Stomp Out Bullying reminds us, we’re all different. That’s what makes us unique. But, these differences concerning weight, race, gender, sexual orientation, dress, etc. can create a situation for bullying. Parents, as well as the public, have to become informed about bullying to recognize and stop it.
Sexual harassment, for any reason, is wrong. However, youth get abused by others for their gender or sexual orientation. For this to end, conversations have to take place. Discover how to deal with sexual harassment. And, while this kind of bullying happens more toward girls, it also does affect boys.
How to Get Involved
Again, Stomp Out Bullying is the national leader against bullying. Unfortunately, no community is free from bullying. But, each of us can play a part in helping youth understand that bullying has no place. Join the efforts of the organization to end bullying. As we near National Bullying Prevention Month, make it a point to do one thing to keep our children safe against bullying.
- If you see bullying, take action.
- Donate to Stomp Out Bullying.
- Join an anti-bullying campaign.
- Get an anti-bullying program included in the your childrens’ school. Or, start a peer mentoring club at their school. Contact Stomp Out Bullying to learn about how to do those activities.
In sum, the family at Funds2Orgs and our other shoe drive fundraising want to lend our voices to ending needless violence. Help us spread the word during National Bullying Prevention Month. No child or youth should ever be on the receiving end of harsh words, cruelty, or abuse.
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