As part of National Bullying Prevention Month in October, HISD is recognizing this week as Bullying Prevention Week to raise awareness about the damaging effects of bullying.
Every day, thousands of students experience some form of bullying, especially online through social media and texts. Cyberbullying has increased significantly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. So now is a great time for HISD schools, staff, and students to raise awareness about bullying and the role we all play in making our schools accepting and welcoming environments for all children.
This week has been designated HISD Bullying Prevention Week in conjunction with the Sandy Hook Promise “Start with Hello” campaign.
Schools looking for ways to participate can utilize a few simple and inexpensive projects and exercises to bring awareness to the effects of bullying. HISD’s Social & Emotional Learning Department is planning age-appropriate activities, including discussions on cyberbullying, random acts of kindness, and wearing orange for Unity Day. A complete list of activities can be found online.
Students, parents and staff can show their support on social media during the week using #HISDStartWithHello to spread the message of anti-bullying – and to help make all HISD campuses safe environments where every student can thrive.