Dignity Dispatch

October 2022

October is Anti-Bullying Month

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month is a month-long observance to educate and raise awareness about bullying and cyberbullying prevention. Addressing and preventing bullying is something that everyone can do, every day.

Address Bullying At School

Educators and teachers can create a safe, supportive learning environment and a classroom culture of positivity, inclusiveness and respect. They can reward students for positive social behavior. Schools can communicate bullying policies at their school to parents, students, teachers and staff and follow through on them. Monitoring bullying ‘hot spots’ around the school campus can also help prevent bullying.

Talk About Bullying At Home

Parents and caregivers can talk with their children about their school and digital life, and the many roles children play in bullying. By asking open-ended questions, they can talk about their children’s experiences and communicate expectations about appropriate behavior – in-person and in their digital world. Parents are the primary role models for their children, and when they model the behavior they expect from them, they teach through actions.

Support Your Community

Encourage mentoring. Mentors can also model kindness, inclusivity and respect. They can ask open-ended questions of their mentees and listen without judgement. Providing positive reinforcement to children and teenagers can help protect them from bullying and other risky behaviors. They can also provide support to all the kids involved, and help make sure the bullying doesn’t continue and its effects are minimized.

StopBullying.gov Ed Board, October 11, 2020

Wise Choices from the National Institute of Health

Protect Your Mental Health

  • Take care of your body and mind. Stick to a schedule, eat well, stay physically active, get quality sleep, stay hydrated and spend time outside.
  • Invest in healthy relationships. Socializing is a powerful buffer to stress and a source of well-being. Spend time with others regularly, in-person and virtually.
  • Be intentional about your use of social media, video games and other technologies. Ask yourself: How much time am I spending online? Is it taking away from healthy offline activities, like exercising, seeing friends, reading or sleeping? What content do I see, and how does it make me feel?
  • Learn to manage stress and other difficult emotions. Try to recognize situations that may be emotionally challenging and come up with strategies to manage those emotions.
  • Ask for help. Find someone you trust to talk to about stressful situations. If you are struggling to manage negative emotions, reach out to a health care provider, counselor or person you trust.
  • Call or text the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 if you or someone you know is in crisis.

Resources You Might Like

Resources From the NYSCFSS

The New York State Center for School Safety (NYSCFSS) offers information and resources on DASA, bullying prevention, school climate and school safety for administrators, teachers, students and parents

SEL From Elementary to Middle School

Understanding the usual course of social and emotional learning development can help teachers make sure their students are on track.