By Jason Papallo, NCCJ E-Communications and Marketing Specialist
Bullying is an ecosystem. Don’t contribute to it.
The best way to defeat the issue of bullying and the associated harm it causes is to educate, educate, and educate some more. While most of us are against bullying, not many can adequately define it or its impact. We must look at bullying directly in the eye, in all of its forms, to eradicate it. This is even more apparent in the face of acts of bullying and hate that have raised with political tensions that span the country.
NCCJ offers age appropriate anti-bullying programs for youth, and adults who support them, providing distinctions between bullying and teasing with substantial information and skill building components to make schools safer and more respectful environments. Specific tools and strategies are given for interrupting bullying behaviors and empowering each member of the school community to take action.
Partnering with area schools, NCCJ brings NCCJ Bridges to middle and high school students. This is a two-day anti-bullying, prejudice reduction, and leadership development program. Young people gain a deeper understanding of how prejudice and bias affect our lives and how we, individually and collectively, can work to make our schools and communities more accepting and inclusive for all.
NCCJ ANYTOWN is a nationally recognized and award winning yearlong program for high school students. NCCJ ANYTOWN begins with a weeklong residential experience focusing on diversity, leadership and social justice. The program equips youth with the knowledge and skills to transform their school, home and communities into places where individual differences are not just respected but are celebrated.
NCCJ works in partnership with schools, youth and communities throughout the year to support action projects designed by youth to create positive change.
We must ask:
- What is bullying?
- What can bullying be?
- What’s the sociology behind bullying?
- Why are some targeted and bullied more than others?
- More than half of bullying situations (57%) stop with 10 seconds of when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied.
- 15.5% of high school and 24% of middle school students were cyberbullied in 2015.
- The percentages of individuals who have experienced cyberbullying at some point in their lifetimes have nearly doubled (18% to 34%) from 2007-2016.
- Children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers.
- 50.9% of bullying incidents occur based on the target’s appearance/size.
- 30.3% of bullying incidents occur based on the target’s race/ethnicity.
- 24% of African American students, 17% of Hispanic students and 9% of Asian students report being bullied at school.
Results in poor mental health, such as depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts:
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About the National Conference for Community and Justice
Formed 1927, NCCJ is a nonprofit human relations organization that promotes inclusion and acceptance by providing education and advocacy while building communities that are respectful and just for all. Celebrating the diversity of races, religions, cultures, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations.
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