Bullying is one of the most common problems around the globe. Everyone becomes a target of bullying practices, from children to adults. To increase awareness about the prevention of bullying, PACER introduced a weeklong awareness period in 2006. However, the issue’s importance extended the weeklong period to National Bullying Prevention Month.
We are about two months away from this year’s bullying prevention activities. The primary purpose of the month-long activities is to spread awareness to discourage bullying in schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods.
The Negative Impact of Bullying
Bullying in any form can lead to a series of problems for individuals. Children bullied in the early stages may not interact with their surroundings like others. In some cases, children develop rebellious behavior with their loved ones. Here, we have listed a few negative impacts of bullying on individuals.
Poor Mental Health
Bullying children in the early stages can change the course of their lives. Bullying practices trigger fear in children, making them anxious all the time. The communication gap with parents can further fuel anxiety, leading to depressive episodes in the early development stages. Children often miss out on social activities due to the underlying fear of bullying.
Poor Academic Performance
Another negative impact of bullying children is their declining academic performance. Children who fear bullying at school fail to perform well in classroom activities and assessments. Moreover, the lack of judgment often restricts children from speaking about their harsh experiences.
Children who grow up in a bullying environment are more likely to become rebellious towards their family, friends, and others. Such kids tend to fight the bullying forces by themselves. However, their insecurities lead them to practice the same rebellious attitude everywhere, affecting their social interactions.
Bullied children, when left alone, can indulge in criminal activities in the early growing stages. Such kids often receive minimal attention from their parents, leading them to find their activities of interest. They are more likely to hang out with bad company. When they grow up, such children can indulge in more significant criminal acts, becoming dangerous to others.
How Does National Bullying Prevention Month Help?
National Bullying Prevention Month encourages children and adults to speak against bullying. Schools and offices organize seminars and activity-based workshops to encourage people to speak against their fears. More often, bullied individuals do not talk about their experiences due to the fear of the bullying groups.
With the help of professional workshops, people are becoming more aware of the different forms of bullying. More importantly, parents are more focused on their children’s behavior. They offer more empathetic treatment to their kids to ensure they do not hide anything.
The bullying prevention awareness workshops also promote harmony among different races, classes, and characteristics of people.
The Role of Professional Organizations
Professional organizations are the driving force behind conducting awareness workshops. These organizations conduct certified training sessions for individuals of all age groups.
Illinois Health Careers is an approved vocational college and testing center for the National Healthcare Association. The medical assistants at the center provide thorough professional training and workshops to increase awareness against bullying practices.
Contact Illinois Health Careers today to enroll yourself in the upcoming bullying prevention workshops.