Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and we want to encourage all of our athletes to pledge to support others who have been hurt or harmed, treat others with kindness, be more accepting of people’s differences, and help include those who are left out. Sign the pledge in the link below and check out other resources to help you handle situations with bullies properly and safely!

What Is Bullying?

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior towards another individual that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.  Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.  Bullying can also take place through technology, known as cyberbullying.  Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles. There are other types of aggressive behavior that don’t fit the definition of bullying. This does not mean that they are any less serious or require less attention than bullying.

Bullying is not tolerated in any way, shape, or form, but we understand that not everyone listens to the rules. We want to help give you the tools to end any and all harassment or violence towards another individual whether physically, or verbally. If you have been a bystander in a difficult situation like this, check out these resources to help you properly diffuse a situation in the future.


  • 28% of US students in grades 6-12 experienced bullying
  • 30% of young people admit to bullying others
  • 44% of all US internet users have experienced online harassment since 2020
  • <$75,000/year household income = twice as likely to be cyberbullied
  •  Only 11% of children talk to their parents about bullying

8 Skills to Stop Bullying

  • Act with Awareness, Calm, Respect, and Confidence
  • Leave in a Powerful, Positive Way
  • Set Boundaries About Disrespectful or Unsafe Behavior
  • Use Your Voice
  • Protect Your Feelings From Name-Calling and Hurtful Behavior
  • Speak Up for Positive Inclusion
  • Be Persistent in Getting Help From Others
  • Use Physical Self-Defense ONLY as a Last Resort

Bullying Prevention Inspiration

Additional Resources

Social Media Activity

Save (right-click > Save As) the below graphics and post whichever one speaks to you. You can talk about your experiences and encourage others to take the pledge to spread inclusion and prevent bullying. These bullying statistics come from Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

Take The Athlete Leadership Pledge

  • I will follow the Special Olympics Code of Conduct, and practice respect, courtesy, and good sportsmanship.
  • I am able to explain the mission of Special Olympics and the basic concepts of Athlete Leadership.
  • I am at least 14 years old.
  • I am an athlete and currently compete in at least one sport.
  • I understand that as an Athlete Leader, I am a representative of Special Olympics and a role model for other athletes at all times.
  • I will help and motivate others when they need it.
  • I am comfortable expressing myself in a group setting.
  • I will represent Special Olympics in a professional manner at all times with appropriate behavior.
  • I will take as many courses as possible to help me grow as an Athlete Leader.
  • I will attend scheduled Athlete Leadership meetings.
  • I will let my Mentor know if I need help with transportation.
  • I will prepare with my Mentor so I am always ready for my responsibilities.
  • I will work with my Mentor to ask him or her questions if I do not understand something.
  • I will offer my suggestions and opinions that might improve the Special Olympics athlete experience
  • I commit to participate in the Athlete Leadership activities for two years.
  • I will support others who have been hurt or harmed, treat others with kindness, be more accepting of people’s differences, and help include those who are left out.
Athlete Leadership - Code of Conduct
By Selecting the Below You Take The Pledge to Prevent Bullying: