Every day, there is damage taking place in the minds and hearts of our children who are being bullied.
According to the Center for Disease Control, students who are bullied are more likely to experience low self-esteem and isolation, perform poorly in school, have few friends in school, have a negative view of school, experience physical symptoms (such as headaches, stomach aches, or problems sleeping) and experience mental health issues (such as depression, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety).
Bullying occurs once every seven minutes and is the most frequent form of violence our school-aged children encounter. That’s why is it essential we gear up now.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. We won’t eliminate all the many forms bullying takes in one month, but we can start.
Picture this: What if we intentionally taught our kids important life skills in school like saying “no” in challenging situations, how to communicate their feelings, how to be assertive, how to respect themselves and others, how to deal with cyber safety or cyberbullying, and how to resolve conflict or differences in a healthy way?
When our children learn how to handle conflict or differences in a healthy way, incidents of bullying decrease, youth are more confident, happy, productive, and have the opportunity to thrive. And that directly impacts our families, schools and communities.
Our children will also be more successful in life if they…