National Stop Bullying Day takes place on the second Wednesday in October and brings together students, faculty, and parents to end bullying.

This annual designation promotes standing up against and putting an end to bullying. No child should be afraid to ride a bus or go to school because a classmate threatens them., and children who have been bullied should also feel they can report the incident without repercussions.

Bullying comes in many forms. It occurs repeatedly and is a way for the perpetrator to show their power. Whether the bullying is verbal, physical, relational, or cyberbullying, the results are detrimental.

• Verbal bullying involves spoken words. The person may threaten or call names. They may use disrespectful language toward family, friends, or specifically aimed at their target.
• Physical bullying is aggression in the form of hitting, kicking, pushing, or any unwanted touch.
• Relational bullying involves purposely excluding someone from activities, groups, or events through social tactics.
• Cyberbullying includes using social media, texts, and the internet to spread rumors, lies, or mean messages about a person.

Each type of bullying may have similar effects on the targeted person. They may even cause the child to withdraw from their family or become mysteriously ill often.

It’s essential to keep an open line of communication with children and students. Encouraging students to participate in activities outside the home is also an excellent way to teach healthy social and confident social skills. It’s also important to teach children to be shown the appropriate use of the internet, social media, and texting, while  having daily discussions with family members about their day.

The U.S. Department of Human Services set up a hotline that’s available 24/7 to receive assistance stopping bullying. Call 1-800-273-8255.
In the U.S., the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Also, in the U.S., the Suicide National Hopeline is 1-800-784-2433. Spanish is 1-888-628-9454.