Bullying Prevention and Awareness Facts
- The time is now to recognize that bullying has gone on too long, and too many have suffered as a result.
- More than one out of every five students will be bullied this year, chances are this is happening to someone you know and care about.
- Bullying is a communitywide issue that must no longer be ignored or thought of as a rite of passage.
- Every child has the right to feel safe and supported.
- Bullying directly affects a student’s ability to learn. Students who are bullied often do not want to go to school. They often find it difficult to concentrate, show a decline in grades, and lose self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth.
- Students who are bullied report more physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches, and mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, than other students.
- In some cases, bullying has led to devastating consequences, such as school shootings and suicide.
- Bullying affects witnesses as well as targets. Witnesses often report feeling unsafe, helpless, and afraid that they will be the next target.
- Students who bully can also be negatively affected, showing higher rates of physical and emotional health issues.
- Bullying is not only devastating while it’s happening, research shows that the negative effects last a lifetime.
- Students can be especially effective in bullying intervention. More than 55 percent of bullying situations will stop when a peer intervenes. Student education of how to address bullying for peers is critical, as is the support of adults.
- Silence is no longer an acceptable response to bullying. Adults, students, and educators can no longer look away when they see bullying. Ignoring it won’t work. Everyone needs to be empowered with options to respond.
- Every person’s action matter, we all have a role to play. Create a world without bullying by uniting for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
Members of the KCSD District Office Staff show their support for bullying prevention on Unity Day 2019.