Speak Up to STOP Bullying
By Josh Bowar, Featured Writer
In many parts of the country, October means changing leaves, colder weather, football, and pumpkin spice lattes. But did you know that October is also National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month?
According to www.stopbullying.gov, bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
We all know about the bullying that happens at school, and we all know that bullying isn’t just an issue in October. So how does FCCLA address bullying year-round? Through the Students Taking on Prevention (STOP) the Violence national program!
The STOP the Violence program empowers youth with attitudes, skills, and resources in order to recognize, report, and reduce youth violence.
Violence in today’s schools is too often a headline in the national news. Whether it is fighting, making threats, or bullying, violence has forced school officials to take drastic steps to address this concern. Millions of dollars have been spent on metal detectors, hidden cameras in the classrooms and hallways, and security guards. Dollars spent on security measures such as these are not spent on additional teachers, salaries, advanced technology, and facilities.
So what can the students themselves do to STOP the Violence?
FCCLA members can use peer education to:
- reach their peers with violence prevention education
- recognize warning signs of potential youth violence
- encourage young people to report troubling behavior
- collaborate with school and community resources to address youth violence
- develop and implement local action projects to reduce the potential for violence in their school
Check out the STOP the Violence program by heading to http://fcclainc.org/programs/stop-the-violencestudents-taking-on-prevention.php.
And don’t forget to keep speaking up for FCCLA. Use #FCCLASpeaksUP to let your voice be heard.
Let’s all work together to advocate for an end to bullying!
Josh Bowar, Featured Writer