October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Carter Mario Law Firm wants to stop bullying in the communities we serve. We believe that doing so starts with helping people know the facts.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines bullying as the “unwanted aggressive behavior by another youth or group of youth, who are not siblings or dating partners, which involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” Although not everyone has experienced bullying first-hand, it happens all the time and takes several forms: verbal, physical, or relational. Most commonly seen among school-aged children, bullying behaviors can happen face to face or online and are often repeated.
Whether or not you’ve experienced bullying, these statistics might surprise you:
- – 28% of U.S. youth in grades 6-12 experience bullying.
- – 20% of U.S. youth in grades 9-12 experience bullying.
- – Roughly 30% of youth admit to bullying others.
- – 70% of young students say they have witnessed bullying in their schools.
- – 15% of high schoolers have been cyberbullied in the past year.
Unfortunately, bullying happens all around us, whether we see it or not. At Carter Mario, we believe it’s everyone’s responsibility to step up and be a catalyst for change. In fact, StopBullying.gov notes that when bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time.
What You Can Do to Help Prevent Bullying
At Carter Mario, we strive to help make our communities safer places to live every day—but we can’t do it alone. Join us in supporting the movement against bullying by wearing orange for Unity Day on October 24, and “Like” us on Facebook to find out how you can be part of the change!
For additional resources on bullying prevention, training, and information, visit https://www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/training-center/index.html.