KO Kung Fu Knocks Out Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month!

Each week for the month of October, we will be discussing a different bullying-related topic in classes, as well as having anti-bullying activities in class and a fun weekly "challenge" to complete! Don't forget to share stories, photos, and videos using the hashtag #KOKnocksOutBullying as you complete your challenges!

 
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Week 1 - October 2-8: You've Got a Friend in Me Week

If you've ever been the new kid in school or felt isolated, you know how lonely it can feel. If you've never been in that situation, try and imagine what it would be like for someone else. If this has been you, you probably have felt what it's like to wish someone would just offer their friendship to you.

Challenge: Make friends with someone you don't know at school! For those old enough to use social media, use the #HereForYou hashtag to remind your friends that they have someone to talk to.

 Week 2 - October 9-15: Stand Up For Others Week

Be brave and STAND UP for someone you see being bullied. Bullies have been known to back down when someone else stands up for their victims. If you don't feel safe doing so, get an adult immediately. Be a part of the solution, not the problem!

Challenge: Spread kindness instead! Write positive, kind messages on sticky notes and pass them out at school.

Week 3 - October 16-22: Week of Inclusion

A common bullying tactic is to deliberately exclude an individual from group activities and outings to cause insecurity , anxiety, and low self-esteem.

Challenge: Include other students in school activities and after-school activities.  If you see someone sitting by themself at lunch or on a field trip, sit with them so they are not alone!

Week 4 - October 23-29: Challenge Others to be Kind

Electronic means such as texting, instant messaging, and apps like FaceBook, SnapChat, and Instagram have become a growing resource for bullying. Depending on the age group, up to 43% of students say they have been the victim of some form of cyberbullying.

Challenge: Make Kindness go viral! Do a "random act of kindness" and challenge others to pay it forward with their own acts of kindness! Share stories and videos of your acts of kindness using #KOKnocksOutBullying

Resources

Bullying and Cyberbullying

Stomp Out Bullying - www.stompoutbullying.org

Suicide

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24 hr) - (800) 273-TALK (8255) - Deaf Hotline (800) 799-4TTY (4889)

Poison Control (24 hr) - 1 (800) 222-1222

LGBTQ Resources

GLBT National Youth Talkline - http://www.glnh.org/talkline

Trevor Helpline/Trevor Project(suicide hotline for youths dealing with sexual identity) - (866)488-7386

Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

National Eating Orders Association - http://www. nationaleatingdisorders.org

National Institute on Drug Abuse - http://drugabuse.gov/drugpages/ (800)622-HELP (4357)