No Name Calling Week also known as No Bullying Week

No Name Calling Week takes place in January and is implemented by many schools in order to bring attention to bullying and tactics to cope with bullying. Name calling is a more subtle form of bullying that can be just as impactful as physical bullying, which is more commonly associated with bullying in schools. Bullying has been a problem on the rise in schools for many years and there have been many programs and events created in order to help garner acceptance. Of course, name calling is not the only kind of bullying that takes place on school campuses, but No Name Calling Week attempts to harness a safer environment and exemplify no tolerance for bullying at the school.

No Name Calling Week is not only about combating bullying in schools, but also providing children with resources so that they know what they can do if they feel like they are being bullied. No Name Calling Week helps support and spread awareness of its potential effects, especially since name-calling is so common. Name calling can have effects on an individual’s self esteem, social life, mental and physical health. Helping children find potential resources for bullying is important to give them the confidence to stand up for themselves and others.

There are many ways that someone can cope with bullying. It is important to find friends, family, and trusted adults who will support you. During school hours staying near adults, teachers, or other supervisors can be a good way to avoid bullying, since most bullying happens when adults are not around. It is important to talk about bullying right away when it happens, so that it can immediately be addressed and show that you will not tolerate the behavior. If you have the confidence to directly tell someone not to bully you, it is important to keep a calm and steady voice. If the bully cannot get a reaction out of you, the bullying generally stops.

While the rise of social media has given a new avenue by which to target and single others out for bullying, it can also be used as a platform to raise awareness and combat bullying. In order to protect yourself from bullying, there are steps that you can take to secure yourself. For example, you could control your privacy settings so that only a select few have access to what you post online. Parents or adults can be an important part of stepping in and giving you advice in what you should and shouldn’t do online.

If you or someone you know is struggling with bullying, please feel free to contact the professional team at Lifeline Connections for help! Getting yourself help, whether it is through self-help or by reaching out to professionals is an important part of recognizing that you are struggling and is a good step forward to get the help that you need. You can visit Lifelineconnections.org or call 360.397.8246 for more information.

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