This month people all across the nation have focused to prevent bullying. The negative effects that bullying have on people and students are being highlighted during this month.
One of the leading national bullying and cyberbullying prevention organization, STOMP Out Bullying, has made it their mission to end bullying since 2005. On their website you can find different bullying prevention exercises to do every week to help STOMP out bullying.
Cyberbullying is the newest form of bullying that affects many people of all ages and can start as early as the 6th grade. When someone is getting cyberbullied it can be difficult for them to get away from the harassment. Cyberbullying can reach someone at any time even when they are alone.
“I don’t think there was really any bullying when I was in elementary school….. The kids might have been afraid that I would tell on them,” says Gloria Casillas a former Prarie Elementary public school student.
It maybe due to the recent rise in the use of social media but studies now find that students don’t usually have that bully free environment that one could find in the past. New social media apps such as the soon to be released app Peeple that allows people to rate other people and allows for new angles for bullying.
School bullying statistics in the United States show that about one in four kids in the U.S. are bullied on a regular basis”, according to a recent article published by bullyingstatistics.org.
Locally, the Sacramento City Unified School District have created a school climate and bullying prevention program which has been working to have the best school environment possible for children. Reducing bullying plays a big role in creating a positive school climate for students.