October is National Bullying Prevention Month and as such it is an opportunity to reflect on what we as a society can do to protect children from the detrimental effects of bullying. Parents, especially, must take into consideration the damage that bullying can do to their children; whether it be physical or psychological, bullying can have a long term impact on the educational and social development of youth. First and foremost, parents must know the facts and how to use them. For this reason, the mothers at POPSUGAR Moms are partnering with Google and GLAAD to host a Google Hangout on October 17th devoted to learning about bullying and the best methods to foster safe and tolerant communities and schools.
Of course, October 17th is also Spirit Day and GLAAD is proud to be participating in this discussion in order to talk about the bullying of LGBT youth. LGBT youth are often prime targets for bullying and, as a spate of tragic suicides in the past few years can attest to, the effects can be devastating. It is thus important for parents to understand the specific ways in which LGBT youth are bullied and how to best help the victims overcome the harassment.
No child should be bullied for any reason and talks such as these are the first steps towards creating more humane environments for children to grow up in, an obligation which we all share. So join POPSUGAR Moms and GLAAD on Google Plus on 10/17 and learn how to be part of the solution.
Founded in 2010, Spirit Day is an international, united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBT teens and young adults everywhere. Participants can get into the spirit by:
- Turning your Facebook, Twitter and other profile photos purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday and spreading the word by using hashtag #SpiritDay
- Wearing purple on October 17 and encouraging classmates or coworkers to do the same
- Uploading photos of you wearing purple to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr using hashtag #SpiritDay
- Downloading the Spirit Day App
- Educating your friends and family about bullying and the LGBT community
- Getting your school, GSA, organization, etc. to become a Spirit Day partner