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Bullying Prevention Awareness Month (October 2013)
In support of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is providing resources for families, teens, educators, clinicians, mental health professionals, and law enforcement personnel on how to recognize, deal with, and prevent bullying.
Bullying can be verbal, physical, or via the Internet. It can severely affect the victim’s self-image, social interactions, and school performance―often leading to insecurity, lack of self-esteem, and depression in adulthood. School dropout rates and absences among victims of bullying are much higher than among other students.
Studies have shown that children who have been identified as a bully by age eight are six times more likely to have a criminal conviction by age 24. Children who are bullies may continue to be bullies as adults, and are more prone to becoming child and spouse abusers.
“We must Stand Up Against Bullying and make an assertive, collaborative effort to eradicate bullying in our schools, communities; and, the social media that gives bullies a public forum to attack our integrity, character; and our children”–– Desean Jackson, CEO, The DeSean Jackson Foundation