History - National Bullying Prevention Month
10 year Anniversary (2006-2016)
A decade together against bullying—and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Initially held the first week in October, the event was expanded in 2010 to the entire month.
PACER developed the initial campaign, National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week, to raise awareness about bullying. Historically, bullying had been viewed as “a childhood rite of passage” that “made kids tougher,” but the reality has always been that bullying can leave devastating and often long-term effects such as a loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression for those involved. PACER reached out to the community through partnerships with education-based organizations such as the National PTA, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association to provide schools, parents and students with the educational resources and support to better respond to bullying behavior. The National Bullying Prevention Center laid the groundwork so that National Bullying Prevention Month is now a nationwide call to action around educating communities as to their roles in bullying prevention. This initiative has helped shift thinking away from bullying as “rite of passage” and toward the knowledge that bullying can be prevented and stopped through education and awareness.
National Bullying Prevention Month is recognized in communities across the United States, with hundreds of schools and organizations signing on as partners. Facebook, Disney, Instagram, CNN, TLC and Yahoo! Kids and many others have supported the month through media outreach and dissemination.
To learn more visit Wikipedia page “National Bullying Prevention Month”.
October 2016 | National Bullying Prevention Month
Celebrating 10 year anniversary!
October 2015 | National Bullying Prevention Month
PACER partners with:
- Disney to produce a public service announcement titled “You are Braver, Stronger and Smarter Than You Think.”
- TLC on Unity Day, which turned its logo orange and TLC celebrity talent spoke out about bullying prevention.
- YouTube sensation Bethany Mota for a media tour and event at Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minn.
October 2014 | National Bullying Prevention Month
PACER partners with:
- Disney’s “Choose Kindness” campaign. “Choose Kindness” was a bullying prevention campaign created by Disney ABC Television Group's efforts to encourage children and parents across the nation to help put an end to bullying by choosing kindness.
- Nick Vujicic on raising awareness about bullying through PSA’s and social media.
- Facebook and Instagram to create a guide to help parents talk with their 13-year-old about online safety.
- TLC on Unity Day, as their logo turned orange and TLC celebrity talent spoke out about bullying prevention.
October 2013 | National Bullying Prevention Month
PACER partners with:
- Green Giant to RAISE A GIANT, an open letter writing campaign for parents and to develop the student centric movement, THE WE WILL GENERATION
- Disney and ABC Family on nationally aired PSA's.
- Facebook Safety to promote events and resources
October 2012 | National Bullying Prevention Month
PACER partners with:
- Disney at event at Mall of America featuring "Next Big Thing"
- Katie Couric and Anderson Cooper recognize UNITY Day be going orange
- Stopbullying.gov, the federal government’s bullying prevention website, explores the history of PACER's National Bullying Prevention Month
- Hollywood Teens Bring PACER Message to Shine from Yahoo!
October 2011 | National Bullying Prevention Month
National partners included PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, National PTA, American Federation for Teachers, National School Climate Center (Bully Bust), National Education Association - NEA, National Association of State Directors of Special Education and many more!
Special events included:
- PACER's second annual Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying. Other organizations around the country hold their own Run, Walk, Rolls using PACER's free online toolkit.
- UNITY DAY With a call to action to "Make it orange, make it end, unite against bullying". Ellen DeGeneres wears orange to show her support.
- UNITY DANCE DAY Students around the country participate in PACER's first UNITY DANCE DAY, using music and dance to show support of those who are bullied.
October 2010 | National Bullying Prevention Month
The fifth annual event grows from a week to a month with October designated National Bullying Prevention Month which unites communities nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention. The event is expanded to include free, downloadable activities, education, and awareness building for the entire month and the message is realigned to engage, educate and inspire other to join the movement. Educators, students, families, and individuals who care about students access the tools to address bullying in their school, recreational program, and community organizations. Over 700 partners and champions joined PACER Center against bullying join the cause. Yahoo! Kids features the campaign on their site for the third year and Facebook, Demi Lovato and PACER partner to reach millions on a cyberbullying prevention message. The month is featured on CNN's Anderson Coopers Town Hall meetings. Ellen DeGeneres lists PACER Center as a bullying prevention resource on her website along with several other national media resources, such as CNN.com.
2009, Oct. 4 -10 | National Bullying Prevention Week
The fourth annual National Bullying Prevention Week was held Oct. 4 - 10, 2009. The campaign title is condensed and retitled to "National Bullying Prevention Week". The mission of the week is realigned to encourage children, teens, adults, schools, and communities across the country to partner with PACER Center to prevent bullying. The movement is being given a boost with the launch of—a relevant, edgy Website created by and for teens. In addition to videos, stories, blogs, and social networking, the site features a toolbox of things teens and schools can do to address bullying—from creating their own videos to performing role plays for younger students. Teen sensation, Demi Lovato, also becomes the spokesperson for PACER and the cause. A free, downloadable classroom toolkit is added to the campaign, along with interactive role plays. Over 300 partners sign for the event. Yahoo! Kids features the campaign on their site for the second year.
2008, Oct. 5 -11 | National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week
The third annual National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week was held Oct. 5 - 11, 2008. It was sponsored by PACER Center's National Center for Bullying Prevention. Cosponsors were the National PTA, National Education Association, American Federation for Teachers, National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education, and School Social Work Association of America. Yahoo! Kids features the week long campaign on their website. Over 100 partners join the cause online.
2007, Oct. 21 - 27 | National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week
The second annual National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week was held Oct. 21 - 27, 2007. It was sponsored by PACER Center's National Center for Bullying Prevention. Cosponsors were the National PTA, National Education Association, American Federation for Teachers, National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education, and School Social Work Association of America. Teachers, parents, and children nationwide are encouraged to increase community awareness about the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children. Activities and materials such as contests, toolkits, and online bullying prevention training are available.
2006, Oct. 22 - 28 | National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week Empowers Schools, Parents to End Childhood Harassment
National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week was held Oct. 22 - 28, 2006. It is sponsored by PACER Center and cosponsored by National PTA, National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education, and National Education Association. Teachers, parents, and children nationwide were encouraged to use bullying prevention activities and materials at PACER's interactive, animated website for elementary school students to help end bullying.
"Childhood bullying is a significant problem nationwide," said Paula F. Goldberg, executive director of PACER, a national parent center located in Minnesota. "It can cause school absenteeism, mental and physical stress, poor school performance, poor self-esteem, and, in some cases, school violence. Statistics show that 160,000 children in the United States miss school each day as a result of being bullied. That's not acceptable. "Teachers and parents can play a critical role in creating a climate where bullying is not tolerated. When adults and children stand together, bullying ends," Goldberg said.