HCHD recognizes October as National Bullying Prevention Month

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – October is National Bullying Prevention Month. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, nearly 50 percent of children ages 9 to 12 have been bulliedThousands of kids and teens experience bullying on a daily basis, and with a variety of social media platforms to access cyber bullying has never been more prevalent.

The Hamilton County Health Department is recognizing October as bullying prevention month, as it can not only impact individuals mental health, but physical health as well.

“One out of four children are bullied and 43% of them are cyber bullied,” said Monica Thompson, the coordinator for Hamilton County’s Violence Prevention. “Bullying is linked to many, many negative outcomes like mental health issues, suicide, self harm, substance abuse, and all of these aspects are things that the health department are trying to decrease each day.”

Alyssa Draper is a first grade teacher with the online school, Tennessee Connections Academy, she said it’s important for children to understand bullying at a young age so they can better identify it and not unknowingly participate.

“So often kiddos participate in it without even realizing they’re doing it,” said Draper. “I am a mom. So one thing, I will talk to my kiddos about as I say, ‘hey, you know, how would you feel if somebody said that to you guys.’

According to stopbullying.gov   spending 15 minutes a day talking can reassure kids that they can talk to their parents if they’re facing a problem.

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