The month of October is designated as National Bullying Prevention Month, and it’s an opportunity to bring greater awareness to the issue and explore prevention solutions.
Bullying is any unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power and is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. It can be verbal, social, physical, or electronic, and can occur during or before/after school hours.
The effects of bullying can be far reaching for both the child who is bullied and the child who bullied.
Granite School District’s Prevention and Student Placement Department coordinates several bullying prevention programs in all schools. In addition, the district has implemented multiple methods for students to anonymously report bullying or safety issues, namely the Safety Hotline and Buddy Boxes installed in every school.
In recognition of bullying prevention efforts, the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention has released several resources for youth, those who work with youth, members of the media, parents, and schools. All of these resources and more are available at Stopbullying.gov.
Granite will also be hosting several parent seminars on youth protection in the coming weeks:
Wednesday, October 8 – Granite Education Center (2500 S. State Street)
Thursday, October 9 – Hunter High School (4200 S. 5600 West)
Tuesday, October 28 – Taylorsville High School (5225 S. Redwood Road)
Wednesday, October 29 – Cottonwood High School (5715 S. 1300 East