Tuesday, October 9, 2012

October is 'Bullying Awareness Month' But When is 'Most Kids Don't Bully Month'?


October is National Bullying Awareness Month and that's mostly a good thing because it reminds us that bullying can be hurtful and can be prevented. But part of "awareness," is being aware that most kids don't bully. In fact, numerous studies have shown that the norm among most American (and other) kids is to treat each other respectfully.

A 2011 study conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project for the Family Online Safety Institute found that "Overall, 69% of social media-using teens think that peers are mostly kind to each other on social network sites." Unfortunately, "another 20% say that peers are mostly unkind, while 11% volunteered that "it depends." That's an issue we need to confront, but it's important to realize that about 7 in 10 kids are mostly experiencing kindness, not rudeness and certainly not bullying or harassment.

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2 comments:

Tabitha said...

I've been readying your blog extensively over the past month to prepare for a "Bullying and the Bible" Roundtable I've just hosted.

In the interest of giving back- I wanted to share our new blog post on Bullying that I think has a lot of great ideas for those helping Bully victims:

http://www.christianitycove.com/bullying-bible-victim/2104/

Hope you enjoy and would consider sharing with your readers.

Blessings,
Tabitha

RS said...

Thanks Tabitha. Don't forget I have a ton of bullying materials at http://www.schoolcounselor.com/resources/publications2.htm especially this file: http://bit.ly/bullying-resources