Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.
The Week of October 9th
Make friends with someone you don’t know
If you’ve ever been isolated from others at school/work or you were new at school/work and it took time to make friends, you know what it feels like to be left out. Or even if you were never isolated, imagine how it would feel.
Make friends with someone who you don’t know, encourage your students and children to do the same. You probably wish someone had done that for you.
Be a leader. Take action and don’t let anyone at school be in isolation.
Challenge Others To Be Kind
Make kindness go viral with an act of kindness and challenge friends, students and coworkers to pay it forward with their acts of kindness. Make a video of everyone doing acts of kindness and post it to social media, use #bullypreventionmonth and #wearepsesd hashtags.
October 11th is National Coming Out Day
Celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, LGBTQ questioning or as an ally.
The Week of October 16th
STAND UP for Others Week
When you or a student see someone being bullied, be brave and STAND UP for them. Bullies have been known to back off when others stand up for victims. Be part of the solution — not the problem! And if you do not feel comfortable talking to the bully, say something to another person/adult in your school or workplace.
It’s a time to see everyone’s differences and celebrate their similarities: Whether students are LGBT, African American, Asian, Muslim, AAPI, of Tribal descent or disabled …make friends.
The Week of October 23rd
Week of Inclusion
- Don’t let anyone eat alone. Make it the week of #NOONEEATSALONE
- Include other coworkers/students in activities
- Invite someone you don’t now that well to sit next to you. Learn about each other.
At one point or another each of us has felt insecure, or stressed out, or alone. It is important to remind our friends and coworkers that we are all in it together and we are there to listen and support each other. Use the hashtag #HereForYou on social media to let your classmates know that they have your support and a person to reach out to if they ever need to talk.
The Week of October 30th
Start the Week With Conversations Amongst Your Peers
- Meet with colleagues and discuss how you can Change The Culture in your program, building or schools you work in.
- Use a Student Participation Toolkit to begin conversations on how your school can be judgement and bully free.
- Hold a discussion in your classroom/meeting where you allow others to openly speak and discuss their experiences with bullying and cyberbullying, and how these experiences have effected them and how they dealt with these moments.
This is your month to take leadership in your role and carry it through all-year-round!
We look forward to hearing about your student led activities during National Bullying Prevention Awareness month.
The more awareness that is created during the month of October — and all year round, you are one step closer to putting an end to bullying!