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October: Stand Up During National Bullying Prevention Month

By Jody Smith HERWriter
 
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National Bullying Prevention Month: Stand up this October
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Bullying has probably been with us ever since the early days of the first human community. But just because bullies have always been with us, that doesn't mean the rest of us should throw up our hands and say it's inevitable that the vulnerable ones among us are going to be picked on. That it's always been that way and will always be thus.

The protection of the vulnerable needs to be a community concern. That's where National Bullying Prevention Month comes in.

In 2006, PACER kicked off a bullying prevention week. In the last seven years, the outreach has grown to become a month long campaign.

PACER is the acronym for Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights, founded in 1977 by parents of children with disabilities. PACER works together with 18 disability organizations.

PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center has teamed up this year with Green Giant. Their goal is to help parents "raise a giant". You can sign in to Raise A Giant and write a letter to your children to nurture their ability to stand up for themselves and others against bullies.

PACER has put together a Student Event Toolkit along with Facebook. The guide can be an aid in planning, promoting and holding school and community events.

Katie Gorscak of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wrote on Sept. 30, 2013 that October is a time to remind communities about the existence of bullying and the need for it to be stopped.

To this end, the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention have begun several campaigns and resources via StopBullying.gov for young people, parents, teachers and the media.

Media Guidelines for Bullying Prevention provide assistance to bloggers, journalists, and others against bullying to write and increase awareness.

Young people are encouraged to hold bullying prevention social and educational engagement events via community youth organizations.

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