Bullying: Peer Advocacy, Warning Signs, Speaking Out on Social Media

/ 04/10/2012 /

Bullying’s most devastating effects are suicide and school shootings: Kids have died due to bullying.

This is not acceptable, and it is with urgency that we join the efforts of PACER and National Bullying Prevention Month this October.

Being bullied can directly interfere with a child’s ability to learn. More than 160,000 U.S. students stay home from school from fear of being bullied.

Many kids will not tell their parents or others that they are being bullied because they are embarrassed. Even the nearly 50% of school kids who have said they've witnessed a bullying tend to keep their mouths shut about what they have seen.

bullyingParents and adults may have to keep their eyes open for warning signs:

  • Withdrawal
  • Drop in grades
  • Torn clothing
  • Loss of friends
  • Avoidance of school and other activities
  • Bruises
  • Needing extra money or supplies

 

Peer Advocacy as a Tool Against Bullying

Peer Advocacy is a unique bullying prevention model that empowers pre-teens and teens to be advocates for their peers. The simple act of reaching out to other kids in school can change perceptions and make a difference.

In this video, we see how peer advocacy has just as much of a powerful effect on those doing the reaching out, as it does to those being reached out to.

Advocating courage is a good exercise for all involved and can only serve to strengthen our community.

 

Other Ways To Observe National Bullying Prevention Month

Unity Day

Unity Day is on October 10th. Wear orange to speak out against bullying in the “Make it Orange and Make it End!” movement!

 

Join PACER and Re:sourxe On Social Media

Speak out! What are you doing about bullying in your community?

 

Please join us on the social networks and tell us how you are observing National Bullying Prevention Month:

Re:sourxe on Facebook

Re:sourxe on Twitter

 

PACER Teens Against Bullying (PACERTab) on Facebook

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month on Facebook

PACER Teens Against Bullying (@PACERTAB) on Twitter