Sponsored by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center since 2011
“Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”
–Ian Maclaren (aka John Watson)
National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign initiated in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center and kicks off in the month of October. The purpose of this campaign is welcoming and uniting communities from around the United States; also educating and raising awareness about bullying.
Connect for Respect (C4R) is National PTA’s initiative to help students, parents and educators to create school climates full of safe and supportive peer relationships.
Research shows that one of the most effective ways to prevent bullying behavior is to create a positive school climate. School climate encompasses everything that contributes to a student's experience with a school—from the physical building to policies, staff and peer culture. Positive school climates exist in schools where students, families and educators all work collaboratively to build a culture of respect.
ASK Academy and the Stop Bullying System are a big part of the National Anti-Bullying Month through our Respect for All Campaigns in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of the campaigns we support is the Respect 24/7 Campaign, in San Mateo County.
ASK Academy helps schools, parents, businesses and community leaders create Respect for All Campaigns to educate and reduce bullying.
ASK Academy assists in devising a plan to form a School/Community Climate and Safety Committee to reduce bullying and create a welcoming and healthy school and community environment. The Climate Safety Committee empowers youth leaders, schools and communities to educate and prevent bullying for the entire year.
Here are some ways communities get involved...
Business Professionals: Host an event for community families and youth to bring awareness and to educate them on how they can take part in bullying prevention.
Schools: Host a Respect for All Assembly and then follow up classroom seminars and other school-wide activities throughout the year.
Parents: Create family-school partnerships, healthier school environments and better student outcomes. This is accomplished through peace building seminars and at PTA/PTO monthly meetings.
Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence is that “Nonviolence is a Way of Life for Courageous People”
Don’t be a bystander, get involved and make a difference! Show you care about the students, your community and your school—become a powerful voice for change!
- United for Kindness; http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp
- Connect for Respect: http://www.pta.org/C4R
- Unity Day: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp