Every year, nearly 6 million students in the U.S. report being bullied at school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In recognition of Bullying Prevention Month this October and to help protect the mental health and well-being of students throughout the year, K12 announced today the launch of a new Bullying Prevention Resource Hub for students, parents, and educators looking to take an active role in putting a stop to bullying.
“No student should ever be worried about going to school or logging into class because they’re afraid of being bullied,” said Tony Bennett, President of Schools at K12. “We work every day to help students change their future in an environment where they feel safe and respected. We are excited to extend that commitment to students everywhere through these new resources.”
K12’s new Bullying Prevention Resource Hub will provide tools on bullying prevention, practices in kindness, and strategies for protecting mental health. Content will also include videos, quizzes, fact sheets, and more for students of all ages, resource guides for teachers and parents, live and recorded web events, and more.
K12 is also partnering with Rachel’s Challenge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating positive school cultures through acts of kindness. To support Rachel’s Challenge, K12 is hosting its first-ever K12 Draw a Line Against Bullying Move-A-Thon event throughout the month of October. The Move-A-Thon invites individuals and groups to show their commitment to preventing bullying through exercise and fundraising for Rachel’s Challenge’s school-based programs.
“We are thrilled to be working with K12 to raise awareness of ways to prevent bullying and to empower students and school communities to lead with kindness,” said Kristi Krings, Chief Executive Officer at Rachel’s Challenge.
Beginning October 4, K12 will also host a month-long Bullying Prevention Webinar Series each Wednesday in October. Special guests, including Ms. Krings, will join K12 leaders for conversations about first-hand experiences with bullying, the risks of cyberbullying, and ways to create safe learning environments.
In a recent survey of parents whose students are enrolled in K12-powered schools, 44% said they enrolled because of safety and/or bullying-related concerns at a previous school. A leader in online education for more than twenty years, K12 has transformed teaching and learning by providing innovative, high-quality, tech-enabled education solutions directly to students and schools.
For more information, visit the K12 Bullying Prevention Resource Hub at K12.com/Bullying.
About K12: K12 is a division of Stride, Inc. (NYSE: LRN), where we are reimagining learning—where learning is lifelong, deeply personal, and prepares learners for tomorrow. With an engaging curriculum, supportive teachers, and a safe environment, K12 has transformed millions of teaching and learning experiences by providing innovative, high-quality, tech-enabled education solutions directly to students and schools. K12 has delivered millions of courses over the past two decades and serves learners in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. More information can be found at K12.com.