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    What’s so special about October for kids?

    submitted by Joseph Yeager, Founder of Safety Net of PA, LLC, www.josephmyeager.net

    October is a month favored by many, especially children.

    After all, Halloween has to be one of the most popular holidays for kids.  But October has two other important events happening that most people may not even realize.

    First, October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

    Every day in the U.S., 160,000 children stay home to avoid bullying that happens while at school.

    For at least the second year in a row, The Pennsylvania School Board Association reports that school principals consider social media to be their most difficult challenge, up almost 7% compared to just last year.

    The next month-long event is that October is National Suicide Prevention month.

    Coincidence?

    I don’t think so.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that for kids between the ages of 10-14, suicide is a more likely cause of death than a car accident!  That doesn’t even take into account the incidents that don’t result in death, but could still have caused severe injuries and trauma.

    Let that sink in for a moment and you’ll understand why we can’t keep going like this anymore.

    If you know someone who might be at risk for suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

    In past generations, bullying was limited to places where the victim was within close physical proximity to the bullies, such as the schoolyard or the bus stop.

    That also meant that a child was safe once they reached their home.  Sadly, that is no longer the case and may even make it worse.

    With technology, bullies have a key into the homes of their targets and when a child is alone with a device, it might be the worst possible place for them to be: alone, with nobody to come to their defense.

    We can do better.

    We must do better!

    For a start on how to do better, look for #PositiveSlamming online.