October is National Bullying Prevention Month, Thanks to the Little Organization that Could and Did

In the year 1977, Jimmy Carter was President, Elvis Presley died, the Yankees won the World Series, the neutron bomb was developed, and PACER was founded by a small group of Minnesota-based parents concerned with improving the lives of children, many with disabilities. 

The PACER timeline is meteoric in the world of non-profits.  Between 1979, teaching kids about inclusion with their Count Me In puppet show, to 2006 with the launch of PACER Kids Against Bullying, an interactive Web site to help children deal with and prevent bullying, there were plenty of milestones that could have foretold their success, but it was the Internet that pushed both the mission and the message of bully prevention into the international spotlight.   

Turning advocacy into action, PACER rode the World Wide Web like a kid who was born to surf, resulting today with over 30 programs aimed at bully awareness and prevention for kids, teens, parents, educators and policy makers.  Their programs reach and effectiveness have resulted in this, the third annual National Bullying Prevention Month, and a number of other firsts.

The Cartoon Network new movie, Contest, premiered on October 6, aimed at raising awareness about bullying.  And Facebook is getting on board with the launch of a Maryland pilot program to combat cyber bullying in schools.  

If the statistics are right in that 80 percent of all teenagers regularly use a cell phone and over half of them have experienced some form of cyber bullying—10 to 20 percent of them regularly—chances are that we all know at least one cyber bully victim or a perpetrator, or both.

Today as our awareness of bullying grows, the discussion evolves, and new policies and laws are adopted, we have PACER to thank for spearheading the bullying awareness movement.  Thank you. 

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Learn more/Get Involved

Thumbnail facts and characteristics of cyber bullying in a nutshell, presented by ParentFurther

American Humane Association’s Cyber Bullying Prevention and Intervention gives a short precise overview of cyber bullying and what to do about it.

Stand Up To Cyber Bullying, from Common Sense Media, offers advice for all ages. Just tap the appropriate “Age” button. 

National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth has a whole lot to share about every aspect of cyber bullying, including the numbers.     

STOMP Out Bullying, established in 2003, offers many ways to get involved.  Fun and colorful.      

Cable in the Classroom’s Stand Up…InCtrl gives teachers and students dramatic videos, lesson plans and activities to combat bullying as one part of their InCtrl digital citizenship series.