When is National Stop Bullying Day?
National Stop Bullying Day occurs on the second Wednesday in October.
What is National Stop Bullying Day?
Words sting. Just ask any junior high student to tell his or her most embarrassing story to a group of classmates and see what happens to their face. National Stop Bullying Day, also known as Unity Day, came about to put an end to bullying.
As the highlight of National Bullying Prevention Month, Unity Day calls students to acknowledge the value of their peers. Bullying discourages people from discovering the gifts unique to their human experience, not to mention sharing those gifts with others.
Unity Day also celebrates the bravery of standing up for others, doing for them what you would want them to do for you.
Facts about National Stop Bullying Day!
- Students who seem different from their peers are at a higher risk of bullying.
- A student with disabilities is two to three times more likely to get bullied.
- At least one in four students claim to be victims of bullying.
- Bullying is a team sport, so to speak. It’s usually groups of bullies that torment isolated students. One-on-one bullying situations are not as common.
How to celebrate National Stop Bullying Day:
Students, wear orange to show solidarity with students who have been bullied. Make friends with someone you don’t know at school. Find the new kid, or someone who stands out as unusual, and talk to him or her. Then talk with your friends about creating a culture of kindness in your school.
Parents, educate your children on how to befriend their isolated peers. Establish a culture of reaching out to new people in your home so that your children emulate that approach when they’re away from home.
What’s the hashtag for National Stop Bullying Day?
Use #NationalStopBullyingDay on social media to spread the word.