October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a time when the CTA and the National Education Association partner with other groups to spotlight the widespread bullying of students in school and education professionals in their workplace. The organizations are striving to end both.
Although 48 states have passed bullying prevention laws, action and commitment at all levels are needed to prevent bullying:
· The myth that kids will be kids and bullying is a harmless rite of passage has lingered for too long. Research shows that persistent bullying inflicts measurable harm on many students.
· The side effects of bullying are many and can be devastating. Bullying can lead to a decline in academic performance and attendance and can cause physical illness, extreme psychological withdrawal and depression. In the worst cases, bullying can lead to death.
· Educators care about their students, which is why teachers and other education professionals take this issue so seriously. So far, tens of thousands of educators have taken the bully-free pledge. However, school districts, supported by state departments of education, must also be held accountable to provide training and resources that will support our nation's educators as they begin to tackle this important problem.
· Educators are taking the pledge to put an end to bullying: www.nea.org/bullyfree
· Teachers and education support professionals have made it clear that they want to prevent bullying, but they need training. They particularly need training in their school district's anti-bullying policy as well as in how to most effectively intervene in bullying situations and in how to help bullied students who come to us for help.
Click here for more information about efforts to end bullying.