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This Year in Bullying: What You Need to Know for Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, a month dedicated to discussing and supporting efforts to reduce the harmful effects of bullying on young victims in schools. Bullying is said to be the number two health concern for youth, just under childhood obesity, and the affects of bullying can be just as deadly and long-lasting as physical health problems.

Navigate through this resource to find current research on the subject as well as different tools to help prevent and stop bullying in your classroom.

The Latest Research on Bullying


Why Bullying in School Is More Serious Than You Might Think

Bullying is a serious issue not only for the victims, but for the entire school environment.

Research continuously indicates that students who are bullied are also more likely to be absent, affecting his or her performance later on.

Information from the CDC's youth risk behavior study found that:

" Among students who had been targets of bullying or cyberbullying, 15.5 percent indicated they had missed school at least once during the previous 30 days because of safety concerns (compared to a rate of 4.1 percent among students who weren’t bullied or cyberbullied). Considering that over 16 million adolescents are enrolled in secondary schools across the country, this percentage represents more than 600,000 students who missed school because they didn’t feel safe due to their experiences with bullying and cyberbullying," according to Michigan State University.

And so ensuring that each school is properly equipped to bullying is crucial for the success of every student.

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Bullying in Teen Years Doubles Risk of Depression as Adult

A study of British youth found earlier this year that bullying during adolescence might be responsible for almost a third of depression cases in adults.

"A long-running study of British youth reveals that the people who experienced frequent bullying at age 13 had double the risk of developing clinical depression at age 18, compared with people who were never bullied," said

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LGBT Students Need More Support From Administration Against Bullying

Recent research has revealed that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students need more support in schools when it comes to being protected against bullying.

"According to the 2013 Michigan Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the 8.7 percent of high school students who identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual were 4.6 times more likely to attempt suicide, three times more likely to be threatened or injured with a weapon on school grounds in the past 12 months and 2.7 times more likely to miss at least one day in the past 30 because of safety concerns," said

Again, many experts argue that proper training for educators and administrators on when to identify problems and to know when and how to intervene is crucial for the protection of LGBT students across the country. This requires a supportive administration and an open-minded group of teachers.

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Parents Confused on What Constitutes Cyberbullying

While studies say bullying is still most prevalent in-person, the combination of in-person bullying and cyberbullying is the most harmful to students as it makes the victim feel as if he or she can't escape.

Though parents understand how impactful cyberbullying can be on their child's well-being, many are unsure how cyberbullying should be defined and even more unsure on what punishments should correspond with offenses.

Parents were divided on whether reporting, suspending or referring to law enforcement were the correct ways to go about several potential cyberbullying scenarios presented to them, indicating the tricky nature behind taking action against bullying on the web.

More about the study from the University of Michigan can be viewed here

How to Help Bullied Students


Study Reveals Exercise Reduces Suicide in Bullied Teens

A study from earlier this month has revealed that " that regular exercise significantly reduces both suicidal thoughts and attempts among students who are bullied," according to

Researches at the University of Vermont found that bullied teens who were physically active had a 23 percent reduction of suicide ideation and attempts.

Unfortunately, suicide as a result of bullying is what most frequently draws attention to bullying problems in schools, when it's already too late for the victim. As physical education, recess and overall strenuous activity receives less and less emphasis in schools, studies like this are important to heed in support.

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Training Teachers & Students to Handle Bullying and Harassment Issues

No Bully is an example of a non-profit organization that partners with schools to help districts implement programs to teach staff how to best handle bullying issues to best help victims.

"The No Bully System®, [is] a proactive step-by-step process and set of interventions to prevent and stop bullying in schools" with a 90% success rate that helps over 120,000 students nationwide, said partner Hasbro in a press release.

Programs such as these help transform learning communities into sites that are inclusive of everyone by training staff to be capable to address issues within the school. No Bull specifically brings in coaches and teams to help with issues of bullying and harassment and holds workshops to include parents in the process.

Help Your Class' Bullies Identify Their Behavior

Part of the problem behind bullying is that most 'bullies' would not consider themselves one.

In order to help enlighten students, pass this article around in your classroom when discussing bullying. It helps identify behavior that is considered bullying and also gives suggestions on how to stop bullying tendencies.

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Bullying Lesson Plans; Plans that Help Teach Diversity

Education World has ten separate lesson plans that can be of use in your classroom throughout the month of October. Each lesson plan helps with a different aspect of maintaining a positive classroom environment and preventing bullying behavior.

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Compiled by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor