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Raising Awareness During Bullying Prevention Month

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October is associated with cooler weather, scary movies, and pumpkin spice everything, but did you know it's also Bullying Prevention Month? Bullying has been a major problem among children and school systems for decades, but fortunately, more and more people are becoming aware and educated on these issues. October is the perfect time to take a step back and discuss the prominent topic of bullying and how Futures Academy works to combat bullying in areas of your child's life. 

How Bullying Can Affect Kids

About 20% of students aged 12-18 have experienced bullying in America as of 2019, both in school and online. Of those students, almost half said they thought they would be bullied again in the future. This shows that many kids don't have faith in their school system to help alleviate the problem, and they kids rarely want to talk to staff or other adults in their lives about bullying. Many still view bullying with a silver lining as a way to "toughen kids up" and give them a "thick skin". Although bullying can affect some students more than others, repeated intimidation from other students can have long-lasting effects on a child in the following ways:

  • Emotionally: it is now widely understood that relentless bullying can take a toll on a child's emotional health, both in the short term and the long run. Students who are bullied can develop depression and anxiety, both serious mental health issues that should not go unnoticed or untreated. 
  • Physically: physical bullying, like pushing and punching, can not only cause injuries and bodily harm, but bullying of any kind can create long-lasting body image issues, eventually leading to disordered eating or eating disorders. Bullying can also affect kids' sleep and is associated with increased stomach and headaches. 
  • Academically: kids who are frequently bullied are more likely to skip school and have lower scores in reading, math, and science than kids who are rarely or never bullied.

Bullying definitely negatively affects the victim, but the bully themselves can suffer terrible consequences if there is a lack of proper intervention. Kids who bully other kids are typically suffering from emotional distress in their own lives, and they are more likely to engage in risky behaviors as they progress through life, like violence, vandalism, and substance abuse. They are also more likely to drop out of school than other kids. Those who bully or harm other kids need assistance too, and we are committed to helping kids get what they need to become compassionate, empathetic, and resilient young adults. 

The Futures Academy Difference

Many parents feel frustration when working toward a solution to help their child with bullying in the traditional school models, as they often don't feel heard or don't see changes being made for the health and safety of their child. The faculty and staff at Futures Academy understand the significant effects bullying can have on a student. As a result, we have created bully-free zones in the classroom, across campus, and online. We strive to create a warm, nurturing environment for students of all backgrounds, and we take time to listen to the concerns of students, parents, and staff. Although there are no one-size-fits-all approaches to tackling bullying, open communication among kids and adults can make a significant difference.  

Futures Academy features smaller class sizes, making it easier for kids to get to know one another and make long-lasting friendships. Plus, we have designated hangout spots that foster a relaxing, friendly environment where students can get together to listen to music, watch movies together, and work on group projects. Our extra-curricular offerings also allow students to make connections with others who have similar interests, allowing them to build up a support network among their peers. 

If you'd like to know more about who we are and what we can do for you and your child, contact us today. We are happy to speak with you about our commitment to your child's health, safety, and academics, and our modern approach to bullying and classroom management.