National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a form of abuse that has always been active among teenagers. The act of bullying is not new, but with the assistance of social networks, bullying has expanded its territory from school yards to online viral attacks and social humiliation. The ease of online communication has hindered privacy for many teenagers and has affected some to the point of depression, counseling, quitting school, transferring schools, and even suicide.

A fact of bullying – it can happen to anyone. It can even happen via text message, while the victim is at home, at any time.

According to Bullying Statistics:

  • 1 in 5 teens will be victims of a bully via text message
  • 1 in 10 teens will actually engage in bullying through text message
  • Twenty-five percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through the use of cell phones and online
  • 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber-threats online

According to the Ambassadors 4 Kids Club:

  • 4 out of 10 children will drop out of high school due to some sort of bullying
  • 43% of students say they have experienced cyberbullying
  • Each day, 160,000 students miss school because they are afraid of being bullied

National Bullying Prevention Month is when people all over the United States can band together against bullying. For more information on how you can help your community raise awareness, contact PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center at www.pacer.org.

AFC insures services that assist the victims of bullying, such as programs after school, outreach and at-risk youth, mental health and counseling and employee assistance programs for parents. For more information on these types of risks, contact us at 877-456-5323 or via email at media@afcins.com.

AFC Insurance writes this blog. The content and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly for informative purposes from sources that are presumed accurate. AFC Insurance does not assume responsibility for any misguided information and no guarantees are implied.

Sources:
Ambassadors 4 Kids Club; www.a4kclub.org
Bullying Statistics; www.bullyingstatistics.org
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center; www.pacer.org