Earlier this week, I was reminded that October is National Bullying Prevention Month. That is as good a reason as any for me to expound on an issue that is near and dear to my heart.
(I meant to have this post up a few days ago, but in case you haven’t heard…)
According to BullyingStatistics.org, in 2010:
These statistics go on and on, and none of them looks good. Scariest of all is that new research, including a study by the Yale School of Medicine, has started to uncover a link between being bullied and suicide. This phenomenon has become common enough to earn its own term: bullycide.
In honor of NBPM, next week I will be running a series of posts centering around bullying, include a personal story as well as some tips for parents to combat bullying and some community resources to help get involved.
This problem has gone on long enough and harmed too many children. It’s time we all worked to put an end to bullying. Now.