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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Join the movement! Celebrate a Decade Together Against Bullying.

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.

Over the past 10 years, this campaign grew from a small week-long event to a worldwide effort with multiple activities throughout October. National Bullying Prevention Month is supported by hundreds of schools, major corporations, and celebrities.

Be a part of this exciting anniversary and spread the message: The End of Bullying Begins With Me!

Top 10 reasons to celebrate

The number one reason to celebrate? You can be a part of a cause that’s uniting a nation! Historically, bullying had been viewed as “a childhood rite of passage,” but National Bullying Prevention Month is now a nationwide call to action — providing schools, parents and students with the educational resources and support to better respond to bullying behavior.

View the top 10 list to learn ways you can get involved.

1. Be part of a cause that’s uniting a nation

National Bullying Prevention Month was founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

Historically, bullying had been viewed as “a childhood rite of passage,” but National Bullying Prevention Month is now a nationwide call to action — providing schools, parents and students with the educational resources and support to better respond to bullying behavior.

2. Get free swag

Eye-catching shoelaces are a creative and inexpensive way to wear orange! Show your support of bullying prevention on Unity Day or throughout the year.

Handy bookmarks are available for elementary students who are encouraged to take the pledge to “Be a Kid Against Bullying,” and middle and high school students who can “Be a Champion Against Bullying.”

(Shipping & Handling will be charged)

3. Create safe and supportive schools and communities

Visit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to find out how you can create a safe and supportive environment in your school and community.

Let everyone know about National Bullying Prevention Month. Notify local media, share information on Facebook and Twitter, and influence key decision makers, such as school administrators and lawmakers.

4. “Being There” for someone makes a difference

Create communities that send the message to students who are bullied that they are not alone!

Toolkits help educate students, adults and community members that support, kindness and hope is something everyone can give.

Classroom toolkits created by PACER’ National Bullying Prevention Center provides opportunities for meaningful conversation, visual reminders and participation incentives.

Community toolkits created by PACER’ National Bullying Prevention Center includes resources for holding a public event at school or in the community with posters, a petition, handouts and giveaways.

5. Release your inner artist

Plant a seed of unity in schools and communities by creating a Unity Tree, a powerful and visual experience to see the importance of supporting those who are experiencing bullying. Participants are reminded that we are all in this together — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Citrus Grove Elementary in Palm City, Fla., shared the inspiration behind Project Connect, which creates chains of orange that can be displayed and linked together. This project reinforces the message that while one person can speak out against bullying, our message is much stronger when we come together to make a difference.

6. Wear Orange and Be United

CustomInk’s sixth annual Be Good to Each Other campaign will raise funds and awareness for bullying prevention in support of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. This campaign aims to bring people together and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

Click here to purchase the official PACER t-shirt for 2016 or create a custom design for your group or organization.

7. Learn that what you do matters

Have you ever felt like the whispers, giggles, note passing and looks were directed at you or someone you care about? Imagine if all that attention was channeled into positive action.

The Disney company supports PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center with the creation of an inspiring video titled “You are Braver, Stronger and Smarter Than You Think.”

Share it with others to inspire social change among young people everywhere!

8. Recognize that your actions are powerful

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is proud to highlight “Silent ,” a short film about the power of kindness by 15-year-old Lindsey Hunter, a freshman at Folsom High School in Folsom, Calif.

Lindsey’s powerful film is about a girl living in a silent world. She wanted to convey the message, “If you are going to say something mean, remain silent.”

Lindsey’s father is blind and she has a genuine heart for those with disabilities.

9. Know that you’re helping one in every four students

One out of every four report being bullied during the school year, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics.

And that’s not all. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center shares statistics on the different types of bullying as well as interventions.

But there’s good news! According to another statistic, if students believe they can make a difference, they’re more likely to act.

Be the change!

10. Meet new friends (who are “Two in a Million”)

Meet Austin and Elena, who are two in a million — both diagnosed with Goldenhar Syndrome . They appear in TLC’s new series, “Two In A Million,” which premiered in April.

They also shared their personal stories of being bullied by posting a video with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

“If you get pushed down, you get right back up,” Elena says.

Show Your Support

Special Events

Unity Day – Wed. Oct 19th

Make it ORANGE and make it end! Unite against bullying!
What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together—in schools, communities, and online—and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity.

Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying

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.

Commemorative shirt!

Order Unity Day Shirts Here

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 to create an exclusive t-shirt marking the 10th anniversary of National Bullying Prevention Month. As part of the sixth annual Be Good to Each Other campaign, between August 1 and October 31, CustomInk will donate profits (up to $100,000) from the sales of bullying prevention t-shirts to PACER.

Learn more and order your official shirt here

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

Involve Students

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.



Educational Activities

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.

  • Project ConnectInvite students to write a message on a strip of ORANGE construction paper. The strips are then stapled or glued together, resulting in one long, connected chain that visually represents the power of uniting for a common cause.
  • Create A Poster - Send us your story, poem, artwork or video on the topic expressing your ideas on bullying prevention.
  • Unity Banner - Create a huge banner with the word UNITY as the central theme. Ask everyone to sign the banner, define what unity means to them, or make a suggestion about ways to unite as a school or organization.
  • Above the Line—Below The Line – Create a chart that helps students actively define behaviors that they consider “above the line” versus “below the line”.
  • Introduction to Bullying Prevention – Schoolwide, All Ages and Grades
    Looking for a way to introduce bullying prevention and awareness into your classroom, school, or community organization? The Introductory Toolkit contains daily learning opportunities and engaging activities to get students talking about bullying. The toolkit provides the basics about bullying and sets the stage for student-supported initiatives.