Anti Bullying Day 2014: Did you know….?
- 1 in 3 students has reported being bullied
- Over 70% of teens have been a witness to bullying occurring in their schools
- About 30% of young adolescents will admit to have been a bully
- That bullying stops in just 10 seconds 57% of the time when someone intervenes
- Approximately 160,000 teens reportedly skip school every day because of bullying
- 1 in 10 teens drops out of school due to repeated bullying
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’, bullying is defined as “intentionally aggressive, usually repeated” verbal, social, or physical behavior aimed at a specific person or group of people.
When is anti bullying day?
Someone you know could be a bully, or someone you know might be bullied. In efforts to raise awareness of bullying, the month of October is National Bully Prevention Awareness Month and on the first Monday of every October — this year on Monday, October 6, 2014 — is the annual BLUE SHIRT DAY® WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION.
What is Blue Shirt Day?
To signify the importance of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, STOMP Out Bullying™ created BLUE SHIRT DAY® WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION. The Annual BLUE SHIRT DAY™ WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION initiative stimulates awareness and educates everyone from kids, teens, parents and schools about the issue of bullying. It is anticipated that this anti bullying day 2014 will offer hope to students who experiences the harmful effects of bullying, and also teaches parents to looks for signs of bullying in their child’s life and to ensure that they provide a safe and open communication lifestyle with their kids and teens.
Annual BLUE SHIRT DAY™ WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION also aims to educate school personnel across the country, often focusing on those who have swept this issue under the rug for several decades now. All the funds raised for the Blue Shirt Day campaign go towards helping kids and teens in need of help and at risk for suicide, in-school education, public awareness and education, a dedicated web site, brochures and materials to assist bullying and cyberbullying prevention education and peer mentoring in schools.
The Annual BLUE SHIRT DAY™ WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION last year, October 7, 2013, was a huge success that had national recognition. Famous actress Michelle Trachtenberg strongly supports anti bullying tactics and promoted Blue Shirt Day™ in 2013. Growing up, she recalls always being bullied, “I was physically pushed down stairs, thrown into lockers; there were groups of kids that would spread horrible rumors about me.” Other celebrities such as Debra Messing, Jerry O’Connell and Kristin Chenoweth have also spoke about how they were bullied and fully supported the Annual Blue Shirt Day™.
Bullying reaches dangerous levels during a child’s time in Middle School due to peer pressure being at its worst and the constant desire to fit in among peers. This time in a child’s life is probably one of the hardest levels of aggression they will have to face.
According to a UCLA psychology study, bullying boosts the social status and popularity of Middle School students. During this timeframe, kids are still under the impression that the rules of society do not apply to them, therefore penalties are not quite as harsh for their wrongful actions. Also, it appears that children are establishing how they want to be perceived throughout their high school career. It was recorded that 20 percent of U.S. students in high school reportedly have experienced bullying, while 28 percent of students in grades 6-12 report the same.
Psychologists studied almost 2,000 students at 11 Los Angeles middle schools, where the students were asked to name their peers who were considered in the popular crowd or labeled as the “coolest”. According to Jaana Juvonen, the lead author of the study, “The ones who are ‘cool’ bully more, and the ones who bully more are seen as ‘cool’”.
Where and how does the bullying in schools occur?
According to one study cited by the DHHS:
- 29.3 percent of middle school students had experienced bullying in the classroom
- 29 percent experienced it in hallways or lockers
- 23.4 percent were bullied in the cafeteria
- 19.5 percent were bullied during gym class
- 12.2 percent of bullied kids couldn’t even escape the torture in the bathroom
The most popular form of bullying in the study where:
- 44.2 percent of bullying is teasing which is often playing jokes and calling a child names
- 43.3 percent of children have rumors and lies spread about them verbally or online
- 36.3 percent of children experience pushing and shoving in lines or class
- 32.4 percent report hitting, shoving, and kicking by peers
- 29.2 percent have been left out or ignored by classmates
Who are the Targets?
Often, the ones who become the targets of bullies are those who students may perceive to be different than them, such as:
- Special needs students
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) students
- Students who are overweight
- Students who are perceived as “weak”
Of special needs students who report bullying, the majority of those students have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, or are students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Nine out of 10 LGBT youth report being verbally bullied because of their sexual orientation and that over 50% of those LGBT students reported being cyberbullied by fellow peers.
The Bureau of Justice School Bullying and Cyber Bullying reports that bullying often leads to violence.
It may come as no surprise, but students who were recognized as bullies as young adults continue the trend bullying with abuse and violence into adulthood and by the age of 30, approximately 40 percent of boys who were identified as bullies in school had been arrested three or more times.
Some students believe that experiencing physical or emotional abuse at home can lead to reciprocating that behavior at school with peers and faculty, with about 61 percent of school shootings being linked to the perpetrator being physically abused in their home life.
About 87 percent of students say school shootings are motivated by the desire to get back at those who have hurt them and about 86 percent in this study cite bullying as the reason that kids turn to lethal violence.
With a new form of bullying, called cyberbulling, the victim is harassed through social media or other forms of technology. Some victims of cyberbulling become so tormented that many often turn to suicide.
You can help to put a stop to bullying by participating in anti bullying day 2014 and supporting BLUE SHIRT DAY™ WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION this October 6th with a blue shirt.
Other ways you can help to put an end to bullying are…..
Parents need to teach their children kindness, compassion and respect, and the school systems must instill these same morals in their learning environment.
Schools must react promptly to bullying circumstances and redirect negative behaviors into positive solutions. Kids and teens need to know they are special and that the school values them and will do everything possible to protect them.
The bystanders who witness the harmful bullying assaults, harassment and threats must not remain silent; Instead they must stand up for victims and do everything in their power to help the victim.
Adults must use their power of being a role model to children to empower the bullying victims and to help evolve the behavior of the bullies.
How can I participate in Blue Shirt Day?
Whether you order a “2014 Limited Edition” Blue Shirt® from STOMP Out Bullying™ or wear your own blue shirt on October 6th, you’ll be sending a message to everyone to end bullying and cyberbullying. Here is a list of ways to help spread the news of BLUE SHIRT DAY™ and how to create your own sea of blue!
- Ask your kid or teen’s school to participate in anti bullying day 2014 by having the entire school wear a Blue Shirt!
- Ask your community to wear a blue shirt by posting flyers, talking to local radio stations or simply spreading the news of BLUE SHIRT DAY™ by word of mouth to local patrons.
- Ask everyone at your place of work to wear a blue shirt on October 6th.
- Host a “2014 Limited Edition” Blue Shirt® sign up to ensure that everyone you know has the opportunity to order a blue shirt!
- And lastly, WEAR A BLUE SHIRT on October 6th, 2014!
Remember, in the end it doesn’t matter what shirt you wear, just as long as it’s blue! Let’s put an end to bullying one blue shirt at a time!