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In today’s world, the impact of bullying on young individuals cannot be underestimated. It leaves scars that extend far beyond childhood, affecting mental and emotional well-being. The Orthodontic Professionals of San Francisco (OPDSF) is stepping up once again to tackle this pressing issue. With the theme “Bullying Bites: Help the AAO Raise Awareness in October,” OPDSF is inviting the community to unite against bullying and create a safer environment for our youth.

National Bullying Prevention Month: Every October, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) stands up against bullying by observing National Bullying Prevention Month. This initiative coincides with National Orthodontic Health Month, making it a perfect opportunity for the orthodontic community, including OPDSF, to come together and make a difference.

Join the #bullyingbites Campaign: OPDSF is calling upon individuals, families, and local communities to join the #bullyingbites campaign. This campaign aims to raise awareness about the harmful effects of bullying and encourages everyone to be part of the solution. By participating, you’ll contribute to the movement to eliminate bullying, creating a kinder and more inclusive society for all.

How You Can Get Involved:

  1. Be Inspired: OPDSF encourages you to check out their Instagram compilation showcasing the impactful efforts from previous National Bullying Prevention Months. Witness the positive change brought about by community involvement.
  2. Explore Resources: Whether you’re an individual, a school, or an organization, OPDSF provides easy-to-use online and printable resources that can be utilized to spread awareness about bullying prevention. Additionally, you have the option to purchase a Bullying Bites toolkit, which offers comprehensive materials to help you engage in this crucial campaign.
  3. Spread the Word: Share your commitment on social media platforms using the hashtag #bullyingbites. By amplifying the message, you’ll reach a wider audience and inspire more individuals to take action against bullying.
  4. Support the Cause: If you’re based in San Francisco, California, you have the unique opportunity to visit the OPDSF office and personally contribute to the campaign. Show your support, pick up resources, and become part of the movement to combat bullying.

Bullying is a serious issue that affects countless lives. OPDSF’s dedication to the “Bullying Bites: Help the AAO Raise Awareness in October” campaign demonstrates their commitment to creating a safer and more compassionate world for our youth. By getting involved, you’re not just raising awareness; you’re becoming a beacon of hope and change for those who need it the most. Join OPDSF and let’s make October a month of unity and action against bullying. Together, we can ensure that bullying truly does bite the dust.