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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.

Show Your Support

There are many ways to support bullying prevention as an individual or with friends and family, and within your school or community.

For an individual

For a School or Community

Unity Day 2017, October 25! Wear and Share Orange!

Mark your calendar for next year’s event! Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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. Learn ways to get involved.

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.”

Order your official T-shirt!
Show that you are contributing to a kinder, more inclusive and accepting world.

This one-of-a-kind shirt is only available during September and October 2017. Order soon so that you can wear orange during National Bullying Prevention Month, Unity Day and all year long. Proceeds will benefit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center so that we can continue to prevent bullying and promote kindness, inclusion, and acceptance in our schools, communities, and the world! #orangetogether Order your T-shirt today

Share Orange: Color our online world with orange!

LEARN MORE ABOUT UNITY DAY, PACERTalks About Bullying, Episode 6

Activities

Hold a Pledge Signing Event: An opportunity to involve everyone to make the commitment to unite against bullying.

Create A Unity Tree: An interactive and hands-on activity, a shared experience in which anyone can participate and everyone can watch the tree grow. Each person contributes their own unique experiences, creative ideas, and strategies by writing positive messages on leaves that are attached to the tree.

Project Connect: Invite 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.

Classroom Toolkits

One-day or single event classroom lesson plans

Week-long classroom lesson plan

Year-long classroom lesson plans

Special Events

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.

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.

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.

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 stuff

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

Make it orange and make it end! Watch for the “orange-wear” line coming soon. This will include orange t-shirts and other orange items to wear to show your support of the cause.

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 five students

One out of every five 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.