October is National Bullying Prevention Month in the United States. Bullying can have an effect on everyone—the person who is bullied, the bully themself as well as those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance abuse, and suicide.
Kids who are bullied often experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues. Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience:
- Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. These issues may persist into adulthood.
- Health complaints
- Decreased academic achievement—GPA and standardized test scores—and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.
A very small number of bullied children might retaliate through extremely violent measures. In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied.
The first tactic to prevent bullying is simply the act of kindness. Being kind makes others happy, makes you feel good and helps prevent bullying. Check out the Kindness Works infographic here. Find more resources about preventing bullying at StopBullying.gov.
Jadyn Rylee became a voice for the anti-bullying movement when she released her original song Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover in 2017. Watch the music video of Jadyn performing the song above. She is a lovely young lady from Toronto Canada and is sure to be a voice we will hear more from in the future. Watch the video for her single Voice Of Change below.
Be a Voice of Change – Change the Culture!
Check out the Stomp Out Bullying website here.