October 6, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bailey Huston
[email protected] | 952-838-9000
October is National Bullying Prevention Month!
United for Kindness, Acceptance and Inclusion
Minneapolis: October marks National Bullying Prevention Month, which was initiated by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006 to raise awareness about the devastating and often long-term effects of bullying.
The unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 have made it even more important to support the health and safety of students. One of every five students reports being bullied during the school year. The percentage of individuals who have experienced cyberbullying has nearly doubled in the last decade. This month-long campaign unites individuals around the nation—and the world—with the powerful message that bullying should never be a part of childhood.
“October is a time when educators, students, parents, and community members can unite to share their support of bullying prevention,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “Together, we can make our schools, communities, and online environments safer.”
There are many to be involved during National Bullying Prevention Month:
- Celebrate Unity Day on Wed., October 21. The call to action for the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month is a simple one: wear and share the color orange to send a universal message that bullying is never acceptable behavior.
- Order a free Unity Day poster to show your support, as well as PACER’s new five-poster series.
- Color our virtual world with a collection of downloadable promotional images
- Find free distance learning resources to use in your virtual classroom to continue engaging students in social emotional learning and bullying prevention
- Encourage elementary school students to include other with the Include Someone, Make A Difference campaign from PACER and Cartoon Network. This campaign inspires kids from across the country to include someone, featuring resources which can be used in the classroom or at home.
To interview someone involved in this important campaign, please call 952-838-9000 or email [email protected]