National Bullying Prevention Month 2021

Pensacola, Fla. (October 1, 2021) – In October we take an opportunity to heighten community awareness of bullying. The form of youth violence can place a child in danger physically, mentally or emotionally. Some forms of bullying may appear “playful” at first, when it’s actually unwanted aggressive behavior. A child may be too afraid to come forward and report it for a friend or for themselves. Adults can help by knowing how to identify bullying and supporting reports of bullying. Behaviors include: teasing, name-calling, tripping, hitting, spreading rumors, or leaving someone out of a group. Cyberbullying is unlawful or criminal behavior. 

Signs of Bullying

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Lost or destroyed belongings
  • Frequent illness or pains 
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Nightmares
  • Declining school performance

Actions that can Prevent Bullying

  • Talk to your child about bullying.
  • Keep the lines of communication open.
  • Encourage your kids to do things they like.
  • Be a good role model for how to treat others.
  • Teach your child safety (avoid isolated areas/situations, etc.)
  • Support friends who are bullied to show it’s not right and they have a friend.
  • Report bullying when it happens to anyone.

Bullying occurs from grade school through college. Be supportive. Teach children how to identify bullying, report it, and to help other victims. Helpful resources can be found at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.