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Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention month. It was started in 2006 by PACER Center, a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old. Located in Minneapolis, they run the National Bullying Prevention Center. This organization works to educate people nationwide about the issue of bullying through creative, interactive resources.

Today, bullying is happening even more behind closed doors. With such a technologically-driven society, bullying has been growing via social media, texting, etc.. Bullying was once seen as something that builds character and made children and teens tougher, stronger people. However, bullying can have effects such as loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression. Exposure to bullying can also lead to further serious actions such as self-harm and even suicide.

I feel that everybody has been a victim of bullying at some point in their life. Whether it is judging someone upon a preconceived image or judging the way someone expresses themselves, it is hurtful and rude. As corny as it might seem, life is too short for unnecessary negativity.

Sign the petition via PACER’s Teens Against Bullying website to stomp out bullying today. Stand by each other and take value in the diversity of the world. Stop the Drama, End the Hate, and Stomp Out Bullying!

www.pacer.org/bullying/about/

www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/#/home

www.stompoutbullying.org/index.php/about/

Posted: Oct 12, 2013 by Brian Tran

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