October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and 40% of students reported being bullied on school campuses in the past year. Sadly, this statistic has been steadily increasing since 2019.
Enter: Coast to Mountains Preparatory Academy (CM Prep), a private, virtual charter school providing K-11 students and parents with an alternative to the traditional school experience.
“His transition was really smooth,” says Jennifer, a parent who transitioned her student to CM Prep after he experienced bullying in his previous school. “His grades have improved and he’s getting hands-on learning experiences so that he can learn at his own pace.”
For families whose students may face bullying in their schools, CM Prep counselors share these five tips:
- Encourage open and honest communication with children about their experiences.
- Empower students to speak up, and teach them how to identify bullying.
- Engage with the school’s support programs.
- Teach and model positive behavior.
- Look into mental health resources.