Week 3 of School Safety Month: A Focus on Bullying Prevention
October is Ohio School Safety Month and National Bullying Prevention Month. The National Bullying Prevention Center leads the monthlong campaign to prevent childhood bullying and promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, “Wear and Share Orange” for Unity Day to unite for kindness, acceptance and inclusion to send a message that no child should ever experience bullying.
Students who are victims of bullying are not the only ones to suffer negative effects. Students who bully also are at an increased risk for low school attendance, poor academic performance, increased mental health needs and future incidents of violence and aggression. Schools can decrease bullying behavior with a clear policy that includes educating staff, communicating with families, investigating the problem and developing a Student Action Plan.
Visit Anti-Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Resources and StopBullying.gov for information on bullying prevention practices.
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