Bullying at school and work is on the rise. Studies show that one in five students report being bullied at least once in their school time. Moreover, there is a strong association between bullying and suicide. A person who has been bullied is 2.2x more likely to commit suicide than a person who has never been bullied. This makes bullying a serious public health concern.
Bullying Prevention Month is a global awareness event intended to stop bullying at school and work.
Astonishing Bullying Stats and Facts
Bullying is more common than people think. Though several schools have measures regarding bullying, it still occurs. Let’s look at some surprising stats about bullying.
- More than 20% of students are bullied at least once in their lifetime.
- Female students are more likely to be bullied than female students. Moreover, female students are subject to rumors. However, male students are more likely to be physically bullied than females.
- Students who experience bullying are at a higher risk of mental health conditions like depression, sleep difficulties, and lower academic performance.
- Students with disabilities, colors, or LGBTQ sexual preferences are more likely to be bullied.
- Bullying is directly associated with a high suicide rate. Bullied students are twice as likely to commit suicide as their non-bullied counterparts.
Importance of World Bullying Prevention Month
October is identified as the World Bullying Prevention Month in the US. October 2021 will be the 15th Annual World Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying, as discussed previously, is on the rise. While the awareness of bullying is also increasing, more steps are needed to entirely stop bullying.
World Bullying Prevention Month is an excellent initiative that encourages people to fight against bullying. In addition to bullying at school and work, this also included standing against cyberbullying, which has been on the rise in recent months.
Schools, students, and communities across the world wear blue t-shirts to observe this month.
How to Observe World Bullying Prevention Month?
Now, how can you observe World Bullying Prevention Month? There are a few things you can do.
If you are a student, the biggest step you can take is to stand up against bullying. No matter what race or sexual orientation you are, no one has the right to bully you. If your kid is in the school and you know they’re being bullied, you can take action. You can either complain in the school or communicate with the father of the student who is bullying your kid.
Another thing you can do is support charities that work to fight bullying. Some popular names are:
- National Association of People Against Bullying
- No Bullying – Anti Bullying Organization
- Anti-Bullying Alliance
- Stand for the Silent
World Bullying Prevention Month is observed in October every year to stop bullying in schools and the workplace. It’s a global initiative, and schools around the world participate in it by wearing blue t-shirts. The event focuses on increasing awareness of bullying and helping people fight against bullies. You, too, can take part in this initiative and fight against bullying.