October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Sponsored by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center
More than 1 out of every 5 students report being bullied
National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. This campaign has grown from an initial week-long event to a worldwide effort with thousands of individuals participating in multiple activities throughout October.
Hundreds of schools, major corporations, and many celebrities have joined the movement. Take action and show that you care about kids being safe at school, while online, and in the community.
Top 10 reasons to celebrate
Show Your Support
- Register your school or organization as a Champion Against Bullying
- Add your name to the digital “The End of Bullying Begins With Me” petition
- Sign up for the Bullying Prevention Newsletter
- Speak in your community about bullying prevention and local activities.
- Download, print and share the flyer with your school, organization or community. 2017 flyer coming soon!
- Complete the brief on-line form sharing your plans to celebrate National Bullying Prevention Month.
Unity Day 2017, Oct. 25! Wear and Share Orange!
Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to showing that you care about preventing bullying? Come together in one giant message of hope and support, wear and share orange to color our nation, and even the world, visibly showing that our society believes that no child should be bullied.
Wear Orange: Make a statement!
“ORANGE provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity,” said Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center. “When hundreds of individuals in a school or organization wear orange, the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending the unified message to kids to know that they are not alone.”
Share Orange: Color our online world with orange!
A family-friendly event held by schools, businesses or communities to show the nation’s commitment to keeping students safe while at school, in the community, and on-line. The event can be accompanied by pre-and post- activities such as games for kids, speakers, music, prizes and dance.
Wear Orange and Be United
CustomInk, the leader in custom apparel and accessories for groups and events, has partnered with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center for six years to create an exclusive t-shirt for National Bullying Prevention Month. In 2016, CustomInk donated over $70,000 to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Watch for 2017 details.
Hold An Event
Order the "You're Not Alone, We're Here for You" event toolkit designed to help you hold an awareness raising event to unite against bullying and unite together to provide community, support, and hope for those who have experienced bullying. The toolkit can be used in coordination with a bullying prevention event in the school or community, such as a "Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying," school open house, or parent teacher conferences.
Other Exciting Opportunities
The WE WILL Generation is a program designed to inspire student to student engagement to lead the bullying prevention movement! Students say, “We will be the generation that says, ‘This is our issue and we will be the solution.’” The program includes education on what students can do to help someone being bullied, ideas for connecting older students with younger students, and a student taught curriculum.
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center offers several, free creative activities and resources for K-12 students, educators, and parents. The goal is to raise awareness and increase understanding of how to respond to bullying. The resources are free, available on-line, and easy to implement in the school and community.