Being bullied is not, as some believe, a “rite of passage” through school. In fact, bullying can have dire life consequences for bullies and students who are being bullied.
Take a look at some disturbing statistics related to bullying:
The National Education Association estimates that 160,000 children miss school every day because of fear of bullying.
Research shows 56% of students have felt they were bullied, either physically or verbally, at school. This number rises to 90 % between 4th and 8th grade, and tapers off in high school.
Research has shown a link between being bullied in school and experiencing social isolation and depression as an adult.
Character education in schools has been shown to be the first line of defense against bullying. By reaching students with materials and anti bullying activities specifically designed for students in grades 3 and up, when students are most likely to bully others or to be bullied, character education can help stop bullying now.
Character education creates a sense of community in schools, churches, sports fields and other areas where children gather. Children who have learned the basic building blocks of good character, and practice them every day, don't become bullies. People of good character don't stand by and tolerate bullying.
Character education, combined with anti bullying education, help students know what to do if they are being bullied or see someone else being bullied. It starts with having the confidence to take action.
Bullying is a serious subject, but character education and anti bullying activities can still be fun for students of all ages. We Animate Character Education offers a full line of anti bullying products and character education resources, classroom tested for students in grades 3 - 12, with accompanying age appropriate online materials and curriculum resources. Together, we can work to stop bullying now.