October is National Bullying Prevention Month. We want to join together as a community to prevent bullying and make positive changes. Here at PALCS, we create a safe environment both virtually and on-site, where we have zero tolerance for bullying.

We invite the PALCS community to share with us: does your student or family have your own story dealing with bullying or bullying prevention? Share it with us by emailing info@palcs.org, or share how you will celebrate and raise awareness about Bullying Prevention Month by posting your photos of support to the PALCS Facebook page and using #PALCSUnite. Anyone who posts using our hashtag has a chance to win a set of tickets to a science center, museum, or fun PALCS swag!

The PALCS community will be celebrating Unity Day on October 24th by joining together to wear orange. Bullying prevention is especially important to our Guidance Department, who deal with bullying prevention and the effects of bullying on children every day. It is their mission, and the mission of National Bullying Prevention Month, to discredit the thought that bullying is just a rite of passage for students and we should look the other way. Instead, we want to raise awareness, on not only bullying prevention, but also signs of bullying and the long-term effects it can have on a person.

National Bullying Prevention Month was founded by the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER), a parent training and information center which provides resources for all students, including those with disabilities. The month of October has become a “nationwide call to action around education communities to the roles in bullying prevention.” Joined by national organizations, schools, parents, teachers, counselors, and students from around to country, PACER encourages everyone to get involved in this nationwide campaign and make a difference.

Here are some ways that YOU can make a difference:

  • Always treat everyone with respect!
  • Stand up for others.
  • If you notice someone else being bullied, speak up! Show them that you care by trying to include them.
  • Share your story.

What to do if you are being bullied:

  • Look at the kid bullying you and tell him or her to stop in a calm, clear voice. You can also try to laugh it off. This works best if joking is easy for you. It could catch the kid bullying you off guard.
  • If speaking up seems too hard or not safe, walk away and stay away. Don’t fight back. Find an adult to stop the bullying on the spot.
  • Talk to an adult you trust. Don’t keep your feelings inside. Telling someone can help you feel less alone. They can help you make a plan to stop the bullying.
  • Remember that you are not alone, many kids are bullied every single day, and if we stand together to end bullying – it can really make a difference.

PACER provides plenty of resources for families interested in learning about bullying, bullying prevention, and ways to affect positive change. As a cyber school, we especially note their thorough informational page on cyberbullying. Take some time to read through these pages, think about ways bullying may impact you and your loved ones, and consider taking action in a way that works for you!

Let’s join together and stand up against bullying as a community!