October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Did you know that 160,000 U.S. students stay home from school each day for fear of being bullied? The PACER Center offers the tools you need to address this important issue in your school and community.Show your support in October — and all year long.
Bullying is defined as behavior toward another person that is intentional, repetitive, and hurtful resulting in an imbalance of power between the bully and the target.
The issue of bullying is particularly relevant for students with exceptionalities—and therefore for special educators. Bullies target their peers based on real or perceived differences in appearance, behavior, or ability, and many children with exceptionalities exhibit such characteristics. Some facts:
- According to a 2007 Mencap study, 80 percent of children with learning disabilities are bullied at school.
- The National Autistic Society reports that 40 percent of autistic children and 60 percent of those with Asperger’s syndrome have experienced bullying.
- Children with behavioral disorders such as ADHD are almost 10 times more likely as others to have been regular targets of bullies, according to a report in the Journal of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.
- A 2006 study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics reported that having a special health care need is associated with being a target of bullying, while having a behavioral, emotional, or developmental issue is associated with bullying others and with being a bully/victim—that is, someone who both bullies others and is victimized by his peers.
As school communities become increasingly diverse, it is more important than ever that teachers, administrators, parents, and students work together to create a tolerant school climate where each student feels safe and valued. The school must not only be safe—it needs to be perceived as safe and calm.
For more information, visit StopBullying.gov
This webpage intends to provide resources to parents, students, school teachers and staff, administrators, and the general public on recognizing bullying behaviors; providing strategies for preventing and intervening in bullying situations, and counseling for the offenders; and supporting and protecting the victims of bullying.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and you can see the link for our anonymous bullying tip hotline. This will go straight to a voicemail.