Counselor's Corner

October Update

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying is a common occurrence in most schools. The following examples are some of the most frequent forms of bullying seen in schools; being called names, being excluded from social groups, having possessions stolen, or threats and intimidation with or without experiencing violence. More recently however, technology and social media have created a new setting for bullying that has expanded its reach. This new setting for bullying called cyberbullying is happening online and via cell phones. According to the American Psychological Association, approximately 40% to 80% of school-age children experience bullying at some point during their school careers. Preventing and stopping bullying involves a commitment to creating a safe environment where children can thrive both socially and academically without being afraid.

Here at MPMS, we are committed to creating a safe and supportive learning environment free of bullying. The week of October 21 is dedicated to "unifying" our school community in which we will recognize and reflect on ways to stomp out bullying and create a unified Mills Park Middle School. Throughout the week of October 21, students and staff will participate in events and activities designed to unite our school community through examples of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

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Cyberbullying: What parents can do to protect their child

  • Have the “cyberbullying” conversation.
  • Set cyber safety rules.
  • Continue to be involved in your child’s online use.

Helpful Resources

Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center: Cyberbullying

American Psychological Association